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I know about that pain. I was playing the same rotation as yours but in Flight 23. Remember, that 6,800 yds are actually closer to 7,100 or 7,200 due to sea level versus back home elevation. We were “commenting” (I use that term tactfully) on the setups all week and how they were impacting us old boys excepting about a dozen or so long ball hitters.
On our Closest to the Pin contest, we lasered it at 193 yards! That is a setup used when there is a car, shotgun, or some other large prize at stake – not for a dozen golf balls. Absurd! All week on the par 4’s I was hitting second shots anywhere from 165 yds to 215 yds into the greens. Not so easy with the rough we had when I missed fairways. According to my stat app, for the 62 holes we got in I used 15 3-wood (1/3 as tee shots) and 35 hybrid shots. The only thing that made the week any fun were my groupings each day. I felt lucky to have some fun ones so the week went by way too quickly.
At least the overall champion came out of Flight 23. Congrats to him! It’s great to see a single digit player win the whole thing since it has only happened about 9 times, I think.
I wouldn’t trust anyone from Gaylord either. LOL Careful though.I may accidentally let it slip about the +3 index you carry in the Withrop league.
Just sent you a text also. I’ll give you a call today before I aim my car towards Myrtle Beach.
If you haven’t had any takers yet on your post maybe we can work something out. I am in Flight 23 and staying about 2 minutes away from you (3 minutes if I obey the speed limit) .5 mile further down the road. I could drive 2 days and you take 2 days. Just an idea anyway.
Don and Sir Rick are both correct. I played Diamondback on Round 4 last year. I enjoyed the challenging layout and hospitality from the employees. However the rough was ridiculously long. We lost balls all day (including 1 of my own a foot into the rough) even when all 4 of us saw where each ball went. I also advise scouting the course so you can get familiar with the holes and the drives you’ll want to hit.
Aye Sir Rick!
I only wish I had that same good fortune for recent monster size Mega Millions and Powerball drawings. I could have afforded to buy you 2 drinks at this year’s 19th hole.
Beginning a 21 1/2 hour (+ stops) drive from Minnesota on Wednesday.
Make that Friday (8/19) @ 2:27pm.
Based on as yet unconfirmed well-placed anonymous sources embedded deep within the Washington DC intelligence community having indirect knowledge of the World Am, I’m going to go with 2:27pm (EST)….just in time for the WA staff to close up shop for the day and throw down a few early Happy Hour cold ones.
Um, not entirely true. Have you forgotten your Bible studies? The last shall be first and the first shall be last. Enjoy playing 4 “G” level (for you the tourney will create one) tracks!
Oh puleeese Harry. The only time you ever shot a 107 was over 27 holes. Actually, the foreign language displayed was from last year’s spotter at Diamondback describing my opening tee shot on Round 4!
Tee times is my vote.
Reading through the comments, I would ask that let’s not be too eager to throw the baby out with the bath water.
The last time I was able to play in the tourney was 2017 so this year was my first experience with tee time. I hope we never go back to 4 rounds of shotgun starts. I hated getting stuck on that long par 3 or 4 for an opening hole. I understand the positive points made by proponents of the shotgun format and they are good ones (sort of) but in my opinion those are outweighed by ones favoring tee times.
Social time – I didn’t have any trouble socializing with the players grouped up waiting for their start time or after the round for those that stuck around. This is the same for both formats but granted it’s in greater numbers with shotgun.
It’s absurd trying to put 110+ golfers on a driving range and practice green designed for 10 – 15 each along with the obligatory pre-round bathroom stop that can hold no more than a very small number of users.
A few talked about pace of play. Tee times aren’t supposed to speed up play…golfers themselves are. Can any of you honestly say that a normal round of golf at your home course (or any other track for that matter) using tee times is going to take you 5 – 6 hours?
Here is my pace of play for my tourney courses both in practice and during the tourney (courtesy of Golfpad GPS tracking app). I set up my practice tee times so they were similar to those I had in the tourney:
Willbrook 3:37/ 4:53
Hackler at CCU 3:11/ 4:43
Barefoot – Love 3:51/ 5:01
Diamondback 4:01/ 5:05
Clearly tee times didn’t cause the slowdowns
There was a very good hybrid idea put forth just before tourney…tee times for 3 rounds then shotgun for round 4 to group the leaders.
Logistically, I believe that this would be relatively easy for the Committee to do since notice of this format and start time (possibly 9:00am for all flights) would be in the registration packet. It would not be necessary to pre-make individual cards for the 4th round but if the tourney decided to do it all that would need to be on them is: player name, course played, handicap and leave the rest empty. That could be done before the tourney even starts. On the eve or morning of Round 4 only e-mail a master sheet to each course detailing actual start holes and the players can learn that info upon arrival at the bag drop or cart staging area.
Just a few thoughts to add to the discussion…
I agree with Bobby. I, too, would like to see a list of the prizes and winners. Also curious as to which flights won the “all flight” prizes.
14 maximum….no minimum, per USGA rules which is what we are playing under.
Anxious for those course assignments so I can get some practice in on them in a few days.