Woodsy Skins the Field – Monday, October 22nd

Monday’s Nassau group found Woodsy ravaging the field. Jim Woods shot a net 63 and took home the lion’s share of the pot in the round-robin Nassau competition. Dave Inman (net 67) and George Stelmach (net 68) were the only others taking home the cash. All other golfers were net contributors. The Sponsor’s Trophy went to both Howard Jones and Mike Forde who tied as the largest contributors to the prize fund.

Some golfers don’t yet know how a round-robin Nassau works. Here’s the story. A typical dollar Nassau means two golfers are playing against each other in “match play” for the front nine, the back nine and the eighteen hole total. If golfer “A” wins one more hole than golfer “B” on the front nine, he wins the nine and a dollar. If golfer “B” then beats golfer “A” by two holes on the back side, golfer “B” now wins the back side two-up and also wins the eighteen one-up. Golfer “B” nets a one dollar profit.

Anyone that has played in a foursome where everyone has a Nassau against everyone else in the group knows score keeping can get messy. Throw in presses and it can require a team of accountants to settle the scores. However, with the creation of computer software that instantly resolves all matches, it not only becomes easy, it becomes easy to calculate the results for a large number of golfers all of which have individual Nassaus with each and every other golfer in the field. That is the essence of the round-robin Nassau; everyone has a dollar Nassau with every other golfer in the field.

In theory, if there are ten golfers in the field playing a one dollar round-robin Nassau, an abysmally poor round of golf could result in a loss of as much as $27 (three dollars to each of nine competitors). No one in our group has yet to lose all bets (although a couple of us have tried). You could – in theory – also win all bets and take home $27. It’s even possible that someone could win $27 while nine others lose no more than three dollars each.

It’s a fun game and tends to keep the golfers focused. A putt for a triple bogey could conceivable be important if a competitor in another group took a quadruple bogey on the hole. Giving three foot putts could prove to be costly to the person giving the putt.

One other comment on our Monday round-robin involves the “Sponsor’s Trophy”. The person who loses the most money wins the traveling “Sponsor’s Trophy” which is a two-dollar bill which has been signed by all previous trophy winners. If you’re so honored, not only are you immortalized with your name on the bill, you can legitimately go home after getting skinned on the golf course and tell your mate with a perfectly straight face that you won money on the course that day. Why quibble over the details?

Author: h. Alton Jones

writer/scientist/adventurer

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