Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Week 4 - Pairings

Parings list for Week 4 is active and finalized. You can find it on the "tournament page" by clicking the link that says "Jun 4" on the schedule. If you need to see the expanded schedule, use the "Schedule" tab at the top of the blog. It's a living document so it changes all the time as we finalize locations.

Dave brought in Mike H. last week at World Woods, but unfortunately we only grabbed 16 spots this week at TPC Tampa. They don't have any groups book-ending ours, so Mike can have a spot if anyone bails last minute.

To our veteran members... make sure you're coaching up anyone you bring in, since you are their sponsor. Let them know how it works, and how to sign up for any events. You're basically responsible for them.

We have only six memberships left to give out. Robbie is going to get one next season if he wants it. Greg, Danny, Mike H. are all interested and building a handicap record when they can. But once we hit 24 I'm locking it up, as it's exponentially more difficult to maintain and schedule. Less is more!

Week 4 - Hangover Preview

Good discussion yesterday about the future of the Hangover event. Lots of viewpoints for the powers that be to consider. Anyway... despite removing the "mandatory" attendance requirement at the bar Saturday night, I still expect a good turnout. Red Dog at 8pm for those of you who want in on whatever side-bet or game we figure out.

As for the golf, "Pencil Thin" Gorecki got us on TPC Tampa for $58 after tax. That allegedly includes range balls as well. It's pricier than my target for events in the Summer... but the course is good and the location is central. We'll live a little this week and make it up in July.

Everyone is on the WHITE tees unless I'm told otherwise. You can find the scorecard here. Keep in mind it's a par 71, so add about 150 yards to whatever the total says. Moving back one set makes it 6,500 yards (adjusted) and you only get one "bonus" stroke. No thanks.

Tee time is 9:12am and we're going out in order of standings this week.

I'll see most of you at the bar.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hangover Invitational - A History of Herding Cats

As we reach our soon to be capped capacity of 24 members, everything we do gets a little more complicated. Sure, we benefit from reduced group rates. But the first group tees off a good 45 minutes before the final group. More people also increases our "Special Needs" list each week. Everyone is different... and golf needs to be delicately balanced with your home life.

When we began the DPT Cup era in Summer 2012, we took the obvious step of setting a few "themed tournaments" to spice up our weekly matches. The idea of golfing after a night of boozing was an obvious choice. Back then we assigned it to fellow kickball drunkard E-Flo, who has played in all of one official event in our stroke-play history.

The night before (at The Retreat next to UT) was an instant hit. We had two groups scheduled at Summerfield, but only four of us even made the 10:30am tee time. Geoff was still drunk AFTER the round was over. Nobody shot under par (net). It was a complete disaster, yet we all felt we had a winning formula on our hands.

The general rules of mandatory attendance from 9pm to 1am, as well as penalty shots for late arrival, were used for the first three years (6 seasons). The nights at the bar were mostly memorable: ranging from Faz's birthday party to Darren denting the DPT Cup to Gorecki securing us a "deal" on a $75 pony keg. During those seasons we also grew from nine members to sixteen. And I started to feel it wasn't sustainable.

Location, age, health, and personal convictions could all cause someone to be in violation of the rules. Gary, in his 60s, shouldn't be out drinking all night. We DQ'd John one year because he wasn't drinking for Lent. We started to make exceptions for people who were drinking at other events. And what if we ever added a member who couldn't drink due to an addiction issue? Basically... the rules were becoming unenforceable with the increased group size.

I removed the "mandatory attendance" rule in Summer 2015 after one of the worst rains in the last decade flooded South Tampa (and Brendan's car). Gorecki was happy since he'd been complaining about the policy for awhile, citing multiple times that "we are not in our 20s anymore." He immediately used the opportunity to skip the bar, despite owning a truck and living in an unaffected area. So not only were people who couldn't attend skipping... but we also set the precedent that those who just didn't feel like it could take the night off.

The next three seasons did not have any mandatory hangover element, resulting in last year's debacle where seven of the 14 players would have been DQ'd if we enforced the rules. Faz and I had a drunk conversation where we acknowledged the event should revert to the old format, or be scrapped all together. Even Gorecki decided to scold all those who didn't attend by publicly stating: "the night is all about hanging out and people should be here!" I'm sure that flip-flop had nothing to do with the poor attendance at a bar of his choosing outside of Westchase. One that didn't give us the promised 20% food discount.

So after last season, I said mandatory attendance was back on. And it isn't sitting well with me.

I don't want to force people to hang out. But it would be nice if the league had one night each season where we get together and include our WAGs. It gets them involved and helps make us a more legit social club. It should be something that people want to attend. Not an annoyance for those who don't give a shit.

I took a vote of the current Board members, and the decision is to yet again kill the mandatory attendance policy. I'll be at Red Dog on Bay to Bay at 8pm on Saturday night. Come hang out and bring your significant other. If/when attendance drops below an acceptable level, we'll scrap the theme all together and make it a regular event. The expanded Board can take that up as one of our first items of business after the season ends.

And for the love of God, use Uber or Lyft so you don't end up like Tiger Woods.

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We still don't have a course booked for this weekend. We'll be scrambling last minute to find something, and I'll post that as soon as possible. Either way, it looks like we only have 16 since I haven't heard from anyone not on the registration list. If I'm wrong on those numbers, you better make a comment ASAP.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Week 4

I'll be calling to get quotes for week for in the next few days. We have 16 people signed up, but I need to know if any of the "new recruits" are in. So if you're sponsoring someone as a potential member, and they want to play in the Hangover, find out ASAP. Or I'm just going to reserve 4 groups.

The Hangover event will be at Red Dog on Bay to Bay, June 3rd. Mandatory attendance from 8pm to midnight if you want to play for money and points the next day. You have to buy one shot, for yourself, for every 15 minutes you're late.

More on all this later after we book a course.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Rapture - Rankings

The rankings are final for our trip to Inverness/Ocala in August. Katie barely beat out Gary for the top captain spot, giving her first pick in the draft. Gary needed to tie Tall Mike to get the #1 pick... but asking him to shoot 76 gross wasn't very likely. But anyway, two first time captains this year!

Troy also informed me that there's a chance he might have to miss the event due to work. If that happens, we'll pick up an alternate, apparently Mike H. Both he and Robbie should continue to play as many weeks as they can with us so we can get them an accurate handicap. I'll pair them with the captains as much as possible too.

Everyone owes me $160 for the event. This includes the 3 night stay in a house, and the $50 entry fee for payouts. All golf will be paid individually at the courses. You can send payment on PayPal, Venmo, or cash directly.


The draft will be held in the clubhouse one of our final weeks this season. Katie and Gary need to tell me what colors they want for their teams.

Send in your money!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Footage of Dub Putting at Rolling Oaks Found!

Dub's Rapture Rankings

With the DPT rankings locked in, and me sitting squarely in last place, I decided to look at some other stats that don't depress me. You've seen the long drive comment, I assume, but there's another stat I take solace in regarding this league: I'm the only one with 3 Rapture victories. Clearly, my team glory is unmatched and I'm like the Tim Tebow of Rapture events: always winning and bringing out the best in my teammates even if I don't necessarily have all of the talent you'd like in a quarterback.

That said, the addition of a monetary factor this year sparked a desire to back up my value to a Rapture team with some numbers, so I started looking into player performance based on the suggested payouts. I added and divided and got some efficiency numbers to help Gary and Katie see who the best performers in these events have been. Without further ado, I introduce to you Dub's Rapture Value Rankings:


I used pretty basic calculations involving money won versus potential money won, weighted them a bit with the individual money efficiency so as not to overly penalize those who aren't as great a teammate as I am, and came up with that table. So, Gary and Katie, go ahead and print out that little cheat sheet for the draft and use it well. And avoid Darren at all costs.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

DPT Open - Summer 2017 Recap

Troy is picking up where he left off last season... on fire and vastly improving. Grabbing his 2nd career win and FIRST Major, he destroyed the field with a 39 (gross) on the front... keeping the wheels on long enough two win by a couple of strokes. Two birdies on the day is also impressive.

We really need to visit World Woods more often. At $37, the course was in great shape despite a decent amount of rain last night. I imagine that contributed to the "slow*" greens... but they were also very fair/smooth. And they held.

Also... look at those scores! Over half the league under 90. Gary shot in the 70s. Everyone played in just over 4 hours. Buchert took a nap! Great day all around.

Tall Mike matched Troy's 86, but finished solo 2nd due to the handicap. Still an excellent round.

Geoff and Gary grabbed the T3 spot, creating an interesting scenario. Troy, Gary and Geoff are killing everyone. Yeah, it's early. But it's rare for a small group to separate the way they have in the standings.

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Rapture rankings have now LOCKED. I'll do a post about this on Monday, but Katie and Gary will be captains. As mentioned before, we'll also be taking 16 people this year. The draft will be after one of our rounds at the end of the season. And you all owe me money. More on this tomorrow!

Speaking of money... comment if there are deadbeat list issues. I wrote down whatever was yelled at me in the clubhouse. Probably forgot some stuff. It's my understanding that Group 2, along with losing both their scorecards, didn't settle up any side bets. Before you run off, you should probably settle up in general so we don't have to keep tracking your dollars owed. If you really want that money... make sure you get paid!




*I reckon the greens were about a 7 on the stimpmeter today. That's medium by USGA standards and slow by US Open standards. In 1978 the average green speeds on the PGA Tour were about a 7. The Masters that year was under 8. Harbor Town that year was a 5! I played River Strand a few years back and it was a 12. Stop the madness and and let's slow the greens back down!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week 3 - DPT Open Preview

We're back this upcoming weekend! World Woods at 9:30am. Carpool if you can, and give yourself plenty of time to check in.

I think Rolling Oaks is better than Pine Barrens, despite not getting the same national attention. It's much harder than the rating, and it can play really long if you choose a different tee box. Everyone will be on the WHITE tees unless you tell me otherwise. You'll get at least 2 extra strokes playing the greens and 4 if you play the blacks. Below is the scorecard:



Entry fee is $20 this week. Greens fee should be $40 after taxes. Get up there early and hit the range, it's one of the best in the state. We currently have 1 spot open.

After this week the Rankings lock for the Rapture, as well as Rule 3.1 which sets playing requirements to score points and money the remainder of the season. This rule was implemented a season ago in order to protect the field from vultures who swoop in and steal coveted points. All rules and procedures will be reviewed after this season by The Board. More on that later.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rapture Payouts

Not to be confused with Rapture payments. I'll start collecting those from everyone after we lock the rankings.

But every year we've debated playing for money. And every year I say we shouldn't deal with it, pride should be enough, and go make your own side bets. Well... Faz's yearly Ryder Cup style group started using a pretty good system of "pay for performance." I think we should implement it, unless there's some strong opposition:

Entry Fee - $50
Each Point Earned - $20
Winning the Rapture - $60

Simple enough?

The payout for each point earned will be split between ALL parties involved. So it's $10 to each winning teammate of a match in the first two rounds, and the full $20 to anyone who wins their Singles match. Ties are also split evenly. Let's look at a few examples:

Winning every match AND winning The Rapture: $10 + $10 + $20 + $60 = $100. Buchert did this in 2016, Geoff did this in 2014. Basically you double-up your initial investment.

Losing every match and somehow, still winning The Rapture: $0 + $0 + $0 + $60 = $60. You take home $10 profit for being drafted on a winning team. Even though you're worthless.

Winning every match but LOSING The Rapture: $10 + $10 + $20 + $0 = $40. Congrats... you're the man. Too bad your teammates suck. You go home down $10 net. This sad scenario happened to Dan in 2014.

Darren in 2016: He halved the first match (with John as his partner). Then lost round 2, lost his Singles match, and didn't get his name on The Moses. $5 + $0 + $0 + $0 = $5.  Loses $45 on the weekend, but at least earned some money back for helping win that first point.

Bottom line, if you're on the winning team, you'll earn between $10 - $50. If you're on the losing team, you're going to lose between $10 - $50. The exact number depends on how much YOU contribute.

Thoughts by everyone not named Gorecki?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Official Rankings - Rapture Qualification Preview

With only one more event before we lock the 2017 Rapture standings, we can take a more in-depth look at the scenarios. Never mind that Robbie (St. Robbie?) is going to save three helpless souls this year. Let's assume that wasn't going to be the case. Here's where we stand:

(1) Katie - Despite an abysmal 21.7 points earned her last two events, she is guaranteed a spot as a captain in her debut Rapture. Even if she lays another egg at World Woods, only one person can overtake the top spot. John could have knocked her out of both captain's chairs... but he's missing the tournament to hang out in Africa.

(3) Gary - With some stellar performances as of late, he has about a 95% chance of becoming the 2nd captain. Gary can actually grab the first captain spot with a Top 2 finish as long as Katie is outside the Top 4. Booting Dave from the 2nd spot could be a blessing or a curse, since the Irishman will certainly be a favorite as the #1 overall pick.

(2) Dave - Dave has grown very fond of The Moses over the past few months. It's a solid trophy and looks great on his mantle. But Dave literally can NOT increase his average points in Week 3, since he won the DPT Open in Summer 2016 and is dropping off 600 points. He's been cold lately, with only 62.5 points earned in his last four events. Unless he wins at World Woods, he will fail to retain Ol' Mo'.

(4) John - Has zero chance at captain, thanks to his 32.5 total points earned in the last three events. I'd say he's set up for a captain spot next year... but the way the rankings work... anything you've done before Week 4 of this season doesn't count!

(11) Darren - Only drops out of the "Qualified 12" if Reid and Chandler both finish Top 2. Nothing to worry about here.

(12 & 13) Chandler & Reid - Anthony, Brendan and JW can all overtake their spots next week. Not ideal, but these veterans still control their own destiny. Play well, and it'll all work out.

(15) Anthony - Making his Rankings debut at #15, Anthony only has 8 tournaments. This makes him a wild-card who can jump into the top 12 with a strong finish.

(14) Brendan - Only 9 events played in the last 18, he can also greatly swing his average with a good finish. Top 4 could get him "qualified." And maybe even recognized by this blog!

(16) JW - Needs a win OR a 2nd place finish and lots of help. It's a moot point unless someone else bails on The Rapture. But it's long overdue for Dub to start scoring! Based on his front 9 at Fox Hollow... he should have won!

Skins Game - Summer 2017 Recap

Gary is slowly putting his game together, winning for the third time in his last 10 events. If he could do that within one actual season, he'd have a seat at the Champions Dinner. But yesterday he took a difficult course, and limited the blow-ups to win by two over Faz. Darren finished third as the only other player not over par (net).

The wind thankfully wasn't an issue until the final holes, but Fox Hollow still played one stroke more difficult (median) than the last time we were there. And almost half the league moved up a set of tees! While there was some mixed discussion in the clubhouse about allowing people to play different tees... the fact is the system ain't broken. Giving people a choice adds some strategic element, and honestly it's needed in 100% handicap games when almost half the league has an index higher than 20. And don't forget the point of all this is to have fun. You shouldn't get bogged down in the administrative details. We run a pretty tight (and fair) ship.

Speaking of fun... I had a lot more fun calculating the Skins results hours later at home. I could double check everything at my own pace and make sure the math was correct on the payouts. Everyone with a course handicap lower than 20 was in Teir 1 ($72 pool)... with the remainder in Tier 2 ($64 pool). On the tournament page you can view the Skins results under the scorecard. Be sure to use these pages often, as they have all the info you need each week.

Skin payouts in each tier are based off 1) how many people are in the tier and 2) how many total skins were won in that tier.

Tier 1 ($12 per Skin)
Dave - 1
Buchert - 1
Chandler -1
Gary - 1
Faz - 2

Tier 2 ($8 per Skin)
Casey - 3
Anthony - 1
Troy -2
JW - 2

I'll send PayPal, if possible, to you today. For the rest of you, I'll add myself to the deadbeat list.

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We are OFF this week for Mother's Day. Week 3 is booked at 9:30am up at World Woods (Rolling Oaks). More on that later in the week. Get your registration updated if anything changes. You don't want to get a "Gorecki" for bailing last minute like Brendan! I'll also post an Official Rankings update, with scenarios on Rapture captains.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Group Changes

Alright... so there has been a lot going on the past few days. Separately, without talking to each other, two groups in the league thought it was worth while to go play a practice round at Fox Hollow. That led to some texts... etc etc... Long story short I'm leaving the default tees on the WHITES.

Normally I'd have the final parings out by now. But based on preference changes, you have until Saturday night to tell me what you want to do. I'm changing the groups to accommodate tee box choices as well as who needs to leave early.

I apologize for the sloppiness of this week. Fox Hollow is a weird case that doesn't have their shit together in terms of online scorecards. Speaking of... the scorecard posted bellow is ACCURATE. Slope ratings on our tournament page are accurate as well.

Changes:
Dave is moving up to the WHITES
Chandler, Buchert, John, Geoff, Troy are all moving to GOLDS.
Gary, Tall Mike, Casey and Darren are staying on WHITES.
Faz already said he's on WHITES.
Gorecki is still on GOLDS.

That leaves Reid, Anthony and JW.

Hopefully you three check the blog. I imagine JW is playing where Darren is. He's on tilt anyway.

If we need to figure this shit out on tournament day... so be it. We're flexible like that.

See you Sunday!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fox Hollow - Scorecard

Update -  Everyone is now on the WHITE tees unless I'm told otherwise. Darren convinced me. Blame him. All bonus strokes below are updated.
 
Of all the courses we play, Fox Hollow has to be one of the worst at updating their information online. The scorecard on their website doesn't match the one we got in 2015, and it also doesn't match what the USGA has in their rating/slope database. Geoff called them today and was told that the USGA ratings were correct, but the scorecard online was "old but pretty much close to accurate."

So what yardage options do they have? Who knows!!! I played it twice from the whites (once was league play) and it was 6,400+. Keep in mind it's a par 71, so add another 150 adjusted yards to that total.

When our league played there it was long, brutal, rainy and windy... with Geoff and Gorecki withdrawing after shooting matching 60's on the first nine! Only one person shot net under par (Dan with a -2). Our median score that day was +5 (net)!

We're going to really test out the new "play from anywhere" rule this week. I'm setting the base tees on the golds WHITES. Review the "old" scorecard below as well as the slope ratings and tell me before Friday what tees you want. Remember... the bonus strokes are a minimum. You might get more than what's listed by moving back. If you have any questions, please ask.

(adjusted yardage in parenthesis)

Black ~ 7,079 (7,230) ~ +5 bonus strokes
Blue ~ 6,757 (6,900) ~ +3 bonus strokes
White ~ 6,288 (6,400) ~ 0 bonus strokes
Gold ~ 5,908 (6,050) ~ -2 bonus strokes
Silver ~ 5,529 (5,680) ~ -4 bonus strokes


Front Nine
Back Nine and Total


Again, the card we got in 2015 has different numbers than all those above. The whites were 6,400+. So that might still be the case. But we're going with what the USGA database says, so choose wisely. For those curious, I'm going to play the golds since I'm trying to qualify for The Rapture without Robbie's help! Darren convinced me to play the white tees and I'm already not happy about it.

Week 3 Registration

We got 13 players "IN," and 4 "???s" for Week 3. I'm talking to a few courses, but unless the undecideds update their registration soon, I'm going to assume they're all OUT and only book for 16 players. Which means someone might be left out.

Get your calendars in order!

Masters Ticket Lottery

Head over to Masters.com and register. You can only register once per physical home address. Click on every possible date. Good luck.

Monday, May 1, 2017

DPT Golf Club

As of today, your Handicap Index is 100% official and can be used in any local tournaments. The DPT Golf Club is now a recognized club by the USGA.

Along with a welcome letter... I received an update about changes coming in 2018, when our current license expires. The USGA is going to do ALL index calculations in-house, starting January 1st. This means, basically, nobody is "allowed" to calculate handicaps themselves.

Current clubs must either join an "authorized golf association" (ie: FSGA)... or figure out a way to send scores to the USGA, and in return receive updated indexes (for a $2 per golfer yearly fee).

As far as we are concerned... joining an association is a waste of money and isn't going to happen. Figuring out how to electronically get our scores to the USGA might also prove an issue.

So for now... we made the USGA "recognize" us. And our club is already listed on their website.

It is a great time to be alive. Even if it's short-lived.