08/11/2008: "Mixed-tee Competition and Handicap Stroke Adjustment"
I wonder why, quite often, when tournaments are held that involve mixed-tees (for example, Back, Middle and Forward) the rules sheet does not point out what the stroke adjustment should be. For example, if the course rating difference for the Middle and Back is two strokes, sometimes the rules sheet just says "Adjust your handicap accordingly" or something to that affect.
I bet that sometimes the Forward tee player subtracts (in this example) two strokes from his/her handicap at the forward tee -- and, a Back tee player adds two strokes to his/her handicap. If this happens, the forward tee player is at a distinct disadvantage.
Or, sometimes a few players adjust their handicap for the competition -- and, some other players from the same tee forget to do so.....
Have you had this happen in a competition that you are involved with?
By the way: I happen to agree with adjustments when mixed tees are used. Is the "formula / technique used" correct? Debatable.... but, as long as everyone does the adjustment the same way, things average out.
Thank you, in advance, for any comment on this.