Mike Holy has passed the Amoco Pairings Baton to me for April. Mike mentioned in his last note that one the advantages to doing pairings is selecting teams and games. I’m not sure about teams but I will take full advantage of adding “twists” to our game format. In my youth (before 70 ) we would play: round robin, snake, wolf and 3 clubs/putter. There are others and would appreciate input. Past experience has shown that our group have scoring difficulty with differing formats. Therefore I will attempt to select a format that at least one person in the pairing is familiar.
Tuesday we are playing at Windrose. The course is in good condition with good April weather expected. I will have one minor twist to our regular format and ask for input for the rest of the month.
A great day to play the Traditions course, but someone stuck us on the “white” tees instead of the “silver” ones. There were 33 players, a course in good condition, a nice lunch and nine teams competing for the championship. Scores ranged from 117 to 129 with par being 144. It was announced at the lunch that the team of Keeling, Ayo-Vaugh, Canning, and Quance were the big winners, carding out the fivesome of Holy, Henrickson, Maggard, Madden and his nephew Tom L. Unfortunately, after everyone left a reexamination of the scorecards showed the Holy team as the winner and the Keeling team finishing second. We will review the “end-of-round” procedures and apply the appropriate disciplinary measures to those involved.
Playoff rules established by USGA are best *net* (1) back nine; (2) last six holes; (3) last three holes; (4) last hole.
Closest to the pin today were Mr. Ayo-Vaugh on no. 8 (170-yds), about 10-feet from the pin and Mr. David Walsh on no. 14 (140-yds) about 12-ft from the pin. Excellent shots with the windy conditions.
I’ve often thought our ARGG group information systems (email, registration, and website) are too tied up in my hands (Chuck Dugand). I don’t mind, but I’m one of you and I know s!.*+ happens. Do any of you have a secret desire to build your own website? I can get you started, and in the mean time you could act as my ARGG backup. I’d give you access to our systems, and show you how it all works together. Let me know if that interests you. I guarantee this is not rocket science.
With this website post we’re inaugurating a new way of distributing our pairings. Instead of a direct email we’re post the pairings on the web site and allowing our mailchimp email system to pick up the post and send it out to everyone on its scheduled scan of the website at 8pm. Hopefully this works alright. To get the pairings simply click on the link to the site, and you’ll find the pairings attached to the post…at the end.
For High Meadow Ranch we’ll play our standard two-low net on the front and scramble on the back. AmocoPairings-Master_2017-Ver2.pdf
So far we’ve only got 16 signed up for High Meadow Ranch this next Tuesday. If you do want to play it helps immensely if you sign up early so we can give the club an accurate estimate of the number of players. They need to block off tee times and prepare our lunch. Please sign up now. Thanks.
We use Mailchimp as our mailing list service and have been using them for about 12 years. They are very professional, and reliable. Due to ever tougher spamming laws its getting harder to set up Pairing Coordinators to use them directly as they have in the past, but I think I’ve found a new process that will work. It will look a little different for you though.
I have set up Mailchimp to scan our website (playgolftuesday.com) every evening at 8pm. If there is anything new posted on our site, Mailchimp will send it out in an email that evening. You may have seen some of these in the past, especially when Harry posts the handicaps.
Our new procedure therefore is to have the Pairing Coordinator post the pairings (and other communications) on the website (they will have a very simple way of doing that)…if they post before 8pm their email will go out that same day. If they post after 8pm, their email will go out in the next cycle.
Your emails therefore will always be at 8pm….I (Chuck) will continue acting as an emergency back up for those times when there are glitches. We’ll try this for a while.
By the way, THIS email was written at 8:54 pm on Tuesday night…you should get this tomorrow night at 8pm.
We had iffy weather at Windrose this past week, but we got 18 holes in and actually had a great day. Next week is Lake Windcrest. Good course, good food, and fine friends. Life doesn’t get much better than that!