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Scrambles, hookers and other stuff

Discussion in 'Hacker's Anonymous' started by TheTrueReview, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. TheTrueReview

    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    I thought I'd share an anecdote following a 4-person scramble I played in last Friday.

    Let me say that normally I like scrambles. The main reason being that I use them as practise. I try shots that I normally wouldn't try, so it's good fun for me.

    Now, I know that traditionally there's lots of moaning about scrambles. Shouts of "sandbaggers" are common.

    The Scramble had an "anti-sandbagger" measure whereby the person who's shot is taken from the tee, doesn't hit the next shot. So only 3 hit the next shot. The procedure continues to the green, whereupon all 4 players can put.

    So, I was grouped with people I didn't know. Two middle aged women, [16] and [19] handicaps. Then an elderly gent with a [15] handicap. They weren't "guns." They had home-made swings which got them around the course. But nice people and good company.

    On the day, the wind howled. It was just like the worst of the Open Championship but without the rain. I'm not kidding, at times it was a 3 club wind; most times it was a two club wind.

    Knowing how scrambles sometimes bring the "big d!cks" out who like to hit driver off any tee, I thought, "there's gonna be some high scores today" due to the crazy wind.

    Anyhoo, our motley crew played above themselves. The two women had a nice headstart with their forward tee positions and usually put their tee shot straight down the middle.

    Basically, we played out of our skin. We finished at 69 gross (par 70) and 60.625 nett. One birdie, no bogies. We only blew one birdie chance. Other than that there were no real birdie chances due to the crazy wind.

    Prizes started at 10th place. I thought that we might be a good chance of picking up a prize.

    Err ... no such luck. We came 15th. 10th place scored 58.25. First place scored 52.125. Yes, that's right; 52.125 in crazy weather.

    When the results were announced at the presentation post-round, the people in my team mumbled sandbagger comments and threatened not to play in a scramble again. Me? I sorta shrugged my shoulders and laughed it off but at the same time can't believe some of the scores in crazy weather.
     
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  2. Fairwaysplitter3320

    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    I too enjoy playing in scrambles but am dumbfounded at some of the "scores" that are put up. Truly amazes me that groups and birdie every single hole and maybe throw an eagle in there for good measure...
     
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    eclark53520 DB Member Extraordinaire Supporting Member

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    Did I miss the hooker part?

    Is this the first click bait threat title on Shottalk?
     
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    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    It was only meant to work on Wisconsinites.
     
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    Yeah, feel a bit shortchanged here. I was hoping one of the ladies had a shady past or something. Yip, scrambles are always fun but people's interpretation of the rules in these things are always questionable.
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    I generally hate scrambles......
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Playing in one tomorrow to benefit Teen Lifeline: Home - Teen Lifeline

    The event: 2017 Firetag Invitational

    The same event I played in last year.

    One of the groups is rumored to be a foursome from ASU's men's golf team. The owner of the course is donating the day to the charity. Pretty cool if you ask me. For his donation he also gets a foursome. I'm told he's a scratch player and his foursome consists of him, the teaching pro from his course, and two guys who used to play on tour.

    I'm winning this fucker.
     
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    Those groups are probably the only ones who will turn in their actual score.
     
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    I played in a scramble this year. We didn't shoot anything great so didn't expect to win anything but the teams that shot those ridiculously low scores were old duffers with beer bellys and their wives who also had beer bellys. Doubt if any of them could break 50 for 9 holes. I just kind of sit back and chuckle at the thought of them using foot wedges, mulligans etc etc. to get that low. And even then I doubt they could do it. :rolleyes:
     
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    Lol.
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    We shot a 56......lost by 10.....
     
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    So, a team carded 26 under par?? Let's see. 8 eagles would be -16. Birdie the remaining 10 holes gives you the -26. Ummmm.... To me, something smells a little fishy.
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Par 70. At check in you could purchase a stroke improvement kit. The kit included 2 mulligans and four feet of ribbon. The mulligans are easy, we all know what they are. The ribbon was the kicker. The way it was used is you could use a length of ribbon to complete your shot. Example: You reach a par four in two and have a ten foot putt for birdie. You miss your putt by six inches. Measure from your ball to the cup with the ribbon and complete the shot for a three. You then discard the six inches of ribbon you used and are left with three feet six inches of ribbon for the rest of the round. Each of us in our group purchased a kit. There was also a hole measuring 350 yards that had an air cannon on the tee. You could purchase a shot that would reach the green. All the proceeds went to Teen Lifeline.
     
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    I've seen some insanely low scores at charity events like that where you can basically buy strokes. I guess it's all for a good cause.
     
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    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    I was told they raised $74,000 for the charity today.
     
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    With that format there's probably no point in recording scores as you go around. Given that you can "buy" strokes for charity, perhaps the participants should purchase their final score before going on course and then just go play golf without worrying about recording anything. The money still goes to charity but players who hit a good round don't have to get their hopes up.
     
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    I'm playing in a 4 man scramble tomorrow and the kicker is it's a "big cups" tourney. 8" holes. I've played in events like this in the past. We have 3 pretty good players and a 4th that is going to chug beer and have fun. I expect we'll play well but be waaaaaaaay out of the money. Should be a blast!!!
     
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    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    I played in a big money scramble once. First place was $2500. We had to play in 8-somes to protect the integrity of the field. Our team didn't finish in the money, but the scores were accurate.
     
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    Shot a -13 (59) and lost.
     
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