So my honey is cruising Yahoo (our homepage since the early 90's), they've always been a web portal but now they do a lot of news these days. She knew about our tourny and saw a very interesting story trending on Yahoo and I thought you guys might be interested:
Just wondering, but I played there last year at Frosted Flat Rocks... Just wondering, but you guys use PDGA ratings for determining which division you play in right? (it didn't look like this was a PDGA sanctioned event) Both me and my partner are rated under 900. Last year I was new to tournaments and had just gotten a PDGA # and wasn't sure what division we played in... it may have been novice if you had that last year... if not it had to have been Rec.
We don't have an official "sandbagger" law. Good faith effort is the rule. Other somewhat unspoken rules: if you won the division, it's time to step it up (unless that win was in pro open). If you're partners w/a big dog, you'll play w/the big dogs. If you're shooting around 900ish or lower, you can legitimately play in rec/novice/beginner (unless you partner up, see previous "rule") And no matter what division you play in, expect to take some shiite from your buds about not playing up
If you show up w/these plates, we've been wanting to meet you:
And you'll be playing open!
In all seriousness tho, you make the call. It's not sanctioned, it's a charity event.
Ok.. Rec it is.. I mean.. in the last year we've both won some events, but we're older guys.. he's 42 and I'm 38 and when you start the game so late in life you are only gonna get so good. I looked and last year we scored a 170 in Rec (tied for 4th) and last payout was a 162 in intermediate... we'd have totally gotten clobbered if we were upclassed. I could care less about "bagger status" I have a rating of 884 simply because I consistently can't play better and that is the reason for the ratings and if the day isn't somewhat competitive then I'd rather not show up. Same with Larry.. we've played countless rounds together both in Tournaments and casual... there are good and bad games, but our abilities are what our abilities are. Thanks.. and see you this weekend.
Like Boden said once ya win a division we ask that you move up! Once we start sanctioned events it'll be easier on us to help make the decision to place competitors. Most people make the right decision anyway
Side more: If you purchase 18 mulligans you will receive 5 raffle tickets!
Well.. yep.. we haven't won this tourney as a pair that is for sure. Sanctioned or not you could always reference people's PDGA ratings, but either way I think most people know where they should be based on their ratings and relative skill compared to other folks unless they aren't PDGA members... Sure... we can all have a hot round or 2 here and there, but it is the consistency to do it over and over again that makes your rating.
On another note.. I totally forgot about the mulligan factor... Last year I have no idea how many anyone paid for or how many I did for that matter. That also makes it interesting because you are playing against the "mulligan factor". Someone could have 18 of them and all but guarantee a pretty decent round for the singles portion... but then again.. you could have someone that takes zero mulligans and ends up 3-5 over par where they could have been -13 with mulligans. Definitely makes things interesting. It literally gives everyone a chance at coming in 1st if they are willing to put the max cash behind it.
Just to clarify.. mulligans are to be taken 1 per hole max and it can be any shot... correct? (drive, midrange, or putt) Oh.. and also... if you take a mulligan... you HAVE to take it and not have the choice (in case somehow your 2nd shot is worse)
You're correct on mulligan usage. From what I've seen, it doesn't change the normal round score all that much, since if you use it you must take that shot, and it's not always better....definitely strategy and discipline are involved.