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#31 Roody

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:25 PM

View PostMrJones, on 06 February 2018 - 08:51 AM, said:

I tell the story about the longest round of golf I ever played and in it, there are these two guys we got paired up with. One of them was about 5'6, 240 all gut. The day I played with him he sucked hard enough that he could have gotten blood from a turnip. His longest drive that was even playable might have been 180.

Months later guess who was in the last scramble group of the day and won, not only the long drive contest, but closest to the pin as well?
I was in my buddy's club invitational last summer, which was a 3-day event. On all three days they had closest to the pin contests for all the par 3's. On their 210 yard 17th hole, I dropped one to 3 feet and figured that probably had a really good shot at winning. It was late in the day, and at 210 yards it's not like it was an easy shot.

One of the guys in one of the groups behind ours says he put one to two feet. It was a shotgun start, and our group only had 3 holes left to go that day so there couldn't have been too many groups left to come through. Cost me about $300 in prize money. Same guy also won one of the other closest to the pins on one of the other holes. Not saying it's impossible, I just get a little suspicious when there's substantial money on the line.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:27 PM

View PostRoody, on 07 February 2018 - 02:25 PM, said:

View PostMrJones, on 06 February 2018 - 08:51 AM, said:

I tell the story about the longest round of golf I ever played and in it, there are these two guys we got paired up with. One of them was about 5'6, 240 all gut. The day I played with him he sucked hard enough that he could have gotten blood from a turnip. His longest drive that was even playable might have been 180.

Months later guess who was in the last scramble group of the day and won, not only the long drive contest, but closest to the pin as well?
I was in my buddy's club invitational last summer, which was a 3-day event. On all three days they had closest to the pin contests for all the par 3's. On their 210 yard 17th hole, I dropped one to 3 feet and figured that probably had a really good shot at winning. It was late in the day, and at 210 yards it's not like it was an easy shot.

One of the guys in one of the groups behind ours says he put one to two feet. It was a shotgun start, and our group only had 3 holes left to go that day so there couldn't have been too many groups left to come through. Cost me about $300 in prize money. Same guy also won one of the other closest to the pins on one of the other holes. Not saying it's impossible, I just get a little suspicious when there's substantial money on the line.


I would like to impart my opinion.  The guy lied.   As my catholic grandmother used to say of lairs and cheats, "I hope he catches the stomach flu so he can sit around for a few days and think about his sins."


Nice shot by the way.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:57 PM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day. Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.” The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.

Fergie you hang with an interesting crowd!  Were the police called?

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:21 PM

View PostGMR, on 06 February 2018 - 07:42 AM, said:

To preface this, please don't read the following as bitterness, more just something that happened I thought was funny...  Curious to hear any stories anyone else might have about funny results of these types of contests.


Played in a pairs betterball a week or so ago, and they had a par 3 set up for closest to hole, and a par 5 designated as the long drive hole.  Pretty standard.  Long drive hole is a 550yd par 5 that runs uphill all the way from the teebox (probably plays close to 600yds) with cross-bunkers around the 280 mark.  Never really understood why they chose that hole since it's probably a 3w hole for a super long driver, especially in the summer...but I digress.

Anyway we're playing in the middle of the winter, about 40 degrees out, ground is wet and getting no roll, and the hole happens to be playing into about a 15mph wind on the day in question.  I plan on hitting 3w since I'm not getting home in 2 anyway and it can be penal if you miss wide, but my playing partners goad me into hitting driver. I've been hitting it decently to that point so I decide to give it a rip.  Absolutely pure one and get to about 15 yards short of the bunkers--so about 265 uphill into the wind with no roll.  Partners are hooping and hollering and carrying on saying they couldn't believe how far up there I got, so I'm feeling pretty good about my chances.

So long story short we were one of the first groups out and I am not able to wait around for the awards since there are about 15 groups out after us.  We tell the guy in the pro shop that I absolutely nailed one on the long drive hole, and ask him to call us with the results and hold the prize in case I win it (nice £60 bottle of champagne), which he offers to do.

Anyway so next day I see the score results of the contest go up online, but nothing about Closest to the Pin or the Long Drive, so I call into the pro shop to see if I won, or if not who beat me.  Guy remembers me from the previous day and is really nice when I call, and tells me I didn't win the long drive.  I'm a little shocked but I'm not exactly Rory long, so I'm curious and ask him how far out the the guy hit it past me.  He tells me the name of the person and then, "she apparently really got ahold of one."

"She?"  Yes so apparently the long-drive was won by a lady playing off the ladies' tees. Which is great and all, except that on that particular hole the ladies' tees are 110 yards up from the medal tees, meaning anything 160 or better in the fairway had me beat.  I kinda laughed and told the proshop guy that I wasn't aware any ladies had been in the competition.  Turns out she was the only lady in the field...go figure.


Anybody else have any fun stories?

Hahaha.  I have pretty much the exact same story.  Some years back, I lost the long drive prize to a girl, who played the ladies' tees, which were a good 100 yards ahead of the mens' tees on that hole.  Not just any girl either, but a current D1 college player.  I didn't really care, as the prize was just some crap Nike driver that I didn't want, but still, it was funny/annoying.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:44 PM

These stories are evidence for why I quit playing in very many Tournements.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:05 PM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day.    Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.    

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.”    The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.

Oh this is a keeper. My wife is still laughing after I read it to her

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day.    Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.    

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.”    The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.

Oh this is a keeper. My wife is still laughing after I read it to her

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 01:53 AM

Use to play swats with a gentleman in his 60's.  Got to play from the senior tees.  Single digit handicap and could hit it 280.  Easy money lol.  Don't like the idea of a woman getting to hit from forward tees and count towards a long drive though.
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 05:19 AM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

That’s when it got interesting.

Actually it was pretty interesting already.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 05:40 AM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day. Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.” The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.
That sounds like an incredible day.  It wasn't in Phoenix by chance was it?

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 09:14 AM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 03:27 PM, said:

View PostRoody, on 07 February 2018 - 02:25 PM, said:

View PostMrJones, on 06 February 2018 - 08:51 AM, said:

I tell the story about the longest round of golf I ever played and in it, there are these two guys we got paired up with. One of them was about 5'6, 240 all gut. The day I played with him he sucked hard enough that he could have gotten blood from a turnip. His longest drive that was even playable might have been 180.

Months later guess who was in the last scramble group of the day and won, not only the long drive contest, but closest to the pin as well?
I was in my buddy's club invitational last summer, which was a 3-day event. On all three days they had closest to the pin contests for all the par 3's. On their 210 yard 17th hole, I dropped one to 3 feet and figured that probably had a really good shot at winning. It was late in the day, and at 210 yards it's not like it was an easy shot.

One of the guys in one of the groups behind ours says he put one to two feet. It was a shotgun start, and our group only had 3 holes left to go that day so there couldn't have been too many groups left to come through. Cost me about $300 in prize money. Same guy also won one of the other closest to the pins on one of the other holes. Not saying it's impossible, I just get a little suspicious when there's substantial money on the line.


I would like to impart my opinion.  The guy lied.   As my catholic grandmother used to say of lairs and cheats, "I hope he catches the stomach flu so he can sit around for a few days and think about his sins."


Nice shot by the way.
Thanks man, it was a good shot. I was proud of it. For a second or two I thought it was gonna go in the hole.

I forgot to add that after they announced that the other guy won, I turned to my buddy who is a member at the club and said "are you effing kidding me?!? How did that shot get beat?!?!". For a few minutes I sat there shaking my head, and I pissed and moaned about it. My buddy said "just let it go man, there are some guys here who stick together and do shady sh*t like this. Just let it go".

I think he was basically saying that he knew these guys are dirty cheaters, but didn't think it was worth it to raise a stink about it.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 11:18 AM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day. Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.” The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.

That is an awesome story.

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 07:16 PM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day. Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.” The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:22 AM

Played a small society tournament last year,  (20 players ) on a day with vicious crosswinds on the long drive hole, which had a very tight landing area post 260 yards.  (440 yard par 4) I am one of the shorter hitters and hit my classic safe shot steady drive probably out to about 235. Thought nothing else of it, until awards come around and I'd won! Turned out no-one else had managed to hit the fairway in the wind so I took home a box of Pro V1x's. Probably the only long drive contest I'll ever win.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:06 AM

View PostNorthernHills, on 13 February 2018 - 07:22 AM, said:

Played a small society tournament last year,  (20 players ) on a day with vicious crosswinds on the long drive hole, which had a very tight landing area post 260 yards.  (440 yard par 4) I am one of the shorter hitters and hit my classic safe shot steady drive probably out to about 235. Thought nothing else of it, until awards come around and I'd won! Turned out no-one else had managed to hit the fairway in the wind so I took home a box of Pro V1x's. Probably the only long drive contest I'll ever win.
That's actually fantastic.  I've seen this happen once before on a CTTH--really difficult 210yd hole with a relatively small green for that kind of distance.  Was playing into a pretty stout wind that day and literally zero people in the field hit the green haha.  Never seen it on a longest drive before though!

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:05 PM

i'll tell the opposite, winning one when I had no business doing so - this is probably 15 or more years ago, company tournament.  Buddy of mine both in same group, I'm decent longish but he's easily 20-30 yards past me on most occasion's, a true long hitter.  Marked hole is a par 5, sight dogleg - I pop one out there around 270... pretty decent for me back then, but easily surpassed normally.  Unluckily, my buddy tugs one OB left, so I'm sitting pretty.  Of course we are only the 2nd or 3rd group though so I don't expect it to hold up... but pretty much right after this the skies opened up for about a half hour and soaked the course, so pretty much everyone after me had to contend with a soaked fairway.  Wound up winning, and the prize was.. get this...a bottle of vodka lol.

Same tourney, there was a prize of 4 nice ping putters to the group for something - I don't recall what it was for.  There was also a single putter prize for something else, which was a cheaper no-name putter.  The guy running the show, actually won the single putter prize, and then decided to substitute one of the four ping putters for his prize of the cheap putter.  I called him out on it, even though I was kinda new at the company - and his response was the group that won the 4 ping putters prize had a women who didn't play much and she wouldn't know the difference anyway.  It was shady but being new in the company I left it alone.

Kinda soured me on these events in general, I never played in one again.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 10:54 AM

Years ago at a big tournament in NY, the funny prizes were ridiculous. Long drive was a free trip to Myrtle Beach for 2, everything paid for. Long drive was on a 380+ yard straight par 4. My buddy vaporized one, heat seeking missile, right at the flag. Rolled out right in front of the green, but ran out of fairway. So he hit a 370 yard drive, was 30 yards by ME, they gave ME the prize.....I gave it to him, as fair is fair, it wasn't HIS fault he hit it through the fairway into the rough.....

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:14 AM

View PostEKELLY, on 16 February 2018 - 10:54 AM, said:

Years ago at a big tournament in NY, the funny prizes were ridiculous. Long drive was a free trip to Myrtle Beach for 2, everything paid for. Long drive was on a 380+ yard straight par 4. My buddy vaporized one, heat seeking missile, right at the flag. Rolled out right in front of the green, but ran out of fairway. So he hit a 370 yard drive, was 30 yards by ME, they gave ME the prize.....I gave it to him, as fair is fair, it wasn't HIS fault he hit it through the fairway into the rough.....
That is VERY kind of you.  I hope he took you on the trip to Myrtle for your generosity!

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:44 AM

My two playing partners are world long drive guys. I can’t even win a long drive in my standing 3some let alone a scramble with them. Although usually they are excluded from the long drive contest which makes sense

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 02:43 PM

View PostGMR, on 19 February 2018 - 08:14 AM, said:

View PostEKELLY, on 16 February 2018 - 10:54 AM, said:

Years ago at a big tournament in NY, the funny prizes were ridiculous. Long drive was a free trip to Myrtle Beach for 2, everything paid for. Long drive was on a 380+ yard straight par 4. My buddy vaporized one, heat seeking missile, right at the flag. Rolled out right in front of the green, but ran out of fairway. So he hit a 370 yard drive, was 30 yards by ME, they gave ME the prize.....I gave it to him, as fair is fair, it wasn't HIS fault he hit it through the fairway into the rough.....
That is VERY kind of you.  I hope he took you on the trip to Myrtle for your generosity!
He offered, I made him take his father. That was part of the deal!.....LOL

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 09:24 AM

Feel your pain!! Had the same thing happen to me last summer. Hole was playing down wind and is mostly flat until you get way out there then it starts sloping down hill (I'd say about 170 from the green). I can't remember how long it is but its reachable with a good tee shot. Its got OB right and a deep valley left. I absolutely MASSACRED a drive, I mean I can't hit driver better than how I did with that swing. They three guys I were playing with aren't short and they were all 40+ yards behind me. I don't remember how far I hit it but I remember having something like 120 in so the drive had to have been 350+.

I just knew I was gonna win longest drive. When it came time to pass out the award I was sitting there preparing my acceptance speech.... Some old guy won it hitting from the senior tees that are ONE HUNDRED AND FOURTY YARDS ahead of where I had to tee from.

If the seniors are going to get that much of an advantage have different divisions or something... Other wise just call it "closest to the green" instead of "longest drive"

If it sounds like I'm bitter its cause I am. Haha

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 03:04 AM

View PostFlyingLaw1, on 25 March 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

Feel your pain!! Had the same thing happen to me last summer. Hole was playing down wind and is mostly flat until you get way out there then it starts sloping down hill (I'd say about 170 from the green). I can't remember how long it is but its reachable with a good tee shot. Its got OB right and a deep valley left. I absolutely MASSACRED a drive, I mean I can't hit driver better than how I did with that swing. They three guys I were playing with aren't short and they were all 40+ yards behind me. I don't remember how far I hit it but I remember having something like 120 in so the drive had to have been 350+.

I just knew I was gonna win longest drive. When it came time to pass out the award I was sitting there preparing my acceptance speech.... Some old guy won it hitting from the senior tees that are ONE HUNDRED AND FOURTY YARDS ahead of where I had to tee from.

If the seniors are going to get that much of an advantage have different divisions or something... Other wise just call it "closest to the green" instead of "longest drive"

If it sounds like I'm bitter its cause I am. Haha
I hear you. It's rare enough to absolutely nut a drive (I hit one off the screws maybe once every round or two), and then to have the good fortune to do it on The Long Drive Hole, almost feels like a perfect storm.  Kinda a letdown to then be told that yes you did in fact hit one the furthest, but the guy (or lady in my case) who hit one 100yds shorter wins anyway by virtue of the hole selection.

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 06:34 AM

View Postwkuo3, on 06 February 2018 - 08:49 AM, said:

Sometime ago I joined a "golf club", and their rules are more geared toward social function instead of award to the best in the field.

Their monthly tournament for "long drive" contest has a rule of no single golfer could repeat the title in the same season.  Their claim is for everyone to have a chance instead of the longest few guys hogging the long drive title in each of the tournament.  That is just fine with me but, they also have unreasonable rules ( conjured up by a few in the "board of committee" ). like they will have a house handicap rating over the USGA / GHIN which will reduce the Hdcp index by 1-2 points for the winner and the runner up from each of the tournament.  In other words, they also made the winner difficult to repeat their winning.  This is on top of the forced optional entry of $25 for each of the tournament players besides their green fees and dinner entry fee.

I quite the group after a few years, never was interested in the small group politics and frankly, I think the USGA rules is already too much for weekend golfers without their extra "considerations" which will cause conflict of opinions between the members.
They can have their little piece of turf and I choose to play with the others ......

In your case, the only female competitor in that group probably was a wife or a girl friend of someone in the group, she was the designated winner for the long drive that day and was probably already planning on drinking the champagne before teeing up.  You'd been had.   They should have designated a different hole for the long drive contest or have a separate price for the different flight.

Was in a corporate tournament recently, they mixed teams and you didnt play with your whole team you played with the person who you signed up with, and at then end of the day entered everyone's score was entered and computers arranged team scores. At the start of this tournament a guy is talking to the organizer that his girlfriend shouldnt have to play from the ladies tees, she doesnt ever play the red tees when she golfs its not fun for her. The organizer was pretty dismissive and just kept saying that the course is tough for women and short hitters, that some guys could be playing blacks but they are playing blues here today.

There was a ladies and mens long drive hole. Womens was a shorter straight away par 4 that played about 285, that same hole for the men was around 335. The next hole caused a back up, I was in the group in front of the guy who was trying to get his girlfriend moved to the mens tees. This guys girlfriend was a 6'2" statuesque woman who was really fit, this woman absolutely crushed the ball. She carried it about 10-15 yards short of the flag onto the green, ran it to the back of the green. Her drive was 75ish yards past the previous long drive. Some women were arguing against giving her the long drive because it should be required to be in the fairway to count.

My club for mens nights has a mens night handicap that is kept by the proshop/club staff. Im actually a fan of it, some of the 18 caps now play mens nights to a 9-12 and they dont win everything. It doesnt have an impact on me anymore for club championships but Im hoping it gets pushed on that too. Last year a guy flight won his division and the overall by shooting round of 76/76/73 and getting 12 strokes each round. But the club has repeatedly sent out the handicap committee members and club staff to ensure me and a buddy are actually playing to our caps, but the guys who repeatedly sandbag never seem to have it happen.

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:13 AM

I won long drive in our member guest, which is one of our bigger tournaments, once.  At the time I was 6'!" and about 145 pounds, so it felt good out driving all the big guys.  Anyway, there was nothing mentioned about closest to the pin or long drive at the awards.  After, I asked the pro about it and he said, "Oh yeah..." he looks around and picks a duffel bag off the ground and hands it to me.  Kind of anticlimactic.  I fully anticipated bagpipes with full pomp and circumstance.

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:28 AM

I've been on the other side of the equation... one of my leagues last year had an end-of-year scramble, my partner got a woman to play who drives the ball around 230 and I had a buddy that's 65 who drives it about the same. For some reason the tournament was at a different course than we played the league at, and this course only has 4 senior tees. It's very short so seniors playing the white tees really don't need any help, but the guys running the tournament (who were 65+) decided that seniors could play the red tees. The woman on my team was the only woman playing and they told her to play the pink tees.... I'm the club champion at this course and we didn't use my tee shot on a single par 4 or 5 because of how far up my teammates were hitting from. It was hilarious. She won the long drive by like 50 yards and was hitting less than driver on some par fours because they only play like 200 yards from the pinks. The guys who ran the tournament tried giving themselves an advantage and ended up losing by like 8 shots to my team.

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 12:40 PM

View PostMrJones, on 07 February 2018 - 12:39 PM, said:

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day. Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.” The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.

This sounds way more enjoyable than any post scramble award ceremony I've ever been to. I'm jealous.
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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:06 AM

View PostFerguson, on 07 February 2018 - 11:14 AM, said:

I was asked to play in a scramble about 5-6 years ago.  Other than the story I get to tell, I regret it to this very day.    Not my kind of thing but it was a friend’s company event and I felt obliged.   Everyone on the course was pretty drunk within an hour of starting.   I was drinking but not at the pace of some of these people.   We all finished up and they started handing out awards.   Our team won with a -12 round.  We got booed of course.  Second place was 4 under.    

When it came to the long drive, they announced the winner.   When the guy (his name was Ray) went up there to claim his prize, someone yelled out, “Ray f-ing cheated, and I have it on my camera.”    The guy was filming on an adjacent hole and caught Ray on video running up and writing his name on the marker in the fairway.   The guy on the microphone handing out the awards, bombed himself, took a full beer and threw it in Ray’s face and called him a f-ing liar.   A pretty good shouting match continued until Ray’s buddy and the Club’s GM went up there to break it up.  That’s when it got interesting.   The guy with the mic  told everyone there as he pointed to Ray’s buddy, “I know Ray is a f-ing cheater ‘cause he f-ed HIS wife!”  Three people had to break it up before a fight broke out.   Some people started laughing – others were in complete shock.  Our team was just sitting there wondering how we got there.  There was more yelling until finally we were all asked to leave.

Awesome story.... lol. Scrambles are an odd cocktail of drunkenness and boring.... normally those two are exclusive of each other. I play in 2 or 3 scrambles a year (obligations) and I generally hate them as the cheating is rampant. The only ones I enjoy are the rare "celebrity" ones I occasionally play , as the celebrity in each group  is there to make sure there is no cheating. I think I have actually lost a few long drive contests to women hitting off the women's tees, I never had a problem with it, good for them.

When I was in my mid 20s and had 125 mph clubhead speed (those were the days), I used to win long drive contests in almost every scramble I played in. I also used to "care" about winning the tournament........... LOL! I learned my lesson in one particularly seedy "police" charity tournament. I hit roughly a 350 yard drive, put my name on the sign, and at the award ceremony was "bested" by a 60 year old fat guy who was so drunk he could barely stand up. That guys "team" also won the tournament. Nobody said a word. I think that POS was a cop with the department hosting the tournament.

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After that, I lost all interest in playing in scrambles due to the cheating.

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 03:45 PM

scrambles, good times / bad times.
played with 3 good guys, had some good shots, had a few beers, won a wedge for closest to the pin on one hole and closest to the 150 marker on another hole which I traded for an Odyssey putter.
Lost a long drive in a different scramble by 5 yards to a woman who played from tees 110 yards from mine. I was pretty bitter about that for a while.
Played with rules sticklers who said my long drive didn't count because it rolled past the end of the fairway.
Same group, I killed one that was literally 3 inches into the first cut on the right hand side...bzzt, no good.
They were right in both cases but it burned a bit.
Watched a group claim an eagle on a par5, where all shots were to be hit with an 8 iron including tee shot and putts. 505 yards with a pond in front of the green.
the comment of "I killed my driver on that hole!" led to a heated discussion among some competitors.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 04:28 PM

To a guy... can't remember his name... who could hit the ball straight.

Years ago (persimmon-headed driver days) I was playing in the company annual in-house scramble. Before the round started, we had a long drive contest. Ball had to be inside the left third of the driving range (a strip about 35 yards wide).

We got three tries. I hit two long high pushes that just flew over the right boundary, and a third that hit out near the left line, took off running, and ran about three feet over the boundary line.

Due to hard Oklahoma clay turf, my last hit and ran out to about 280 yards... but a guy that only hit it 250 but stayed in bounds won it.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 05:56 PM

I've been extremely lucky winning two long drive contests as I'm not a long hitter.  The first one was at Lake of the Ozarks. We were 3rd group out and I  nailed a good drive, for me .  Shortly after that the wind started blowing hard straight into the tee box.  My drive probably would not have held up except for that.  Another time, we were the first group out, early morning, stiff, dew on the grass. I did hit a really solid drive and it hit the cart path at least twice and bounced into the fairway. B/C we played the long drive hole so early in the round, I was shocked it held up.  On the downer side, played a small tourney that only had 3 other seniors .  The LD hole was our last hole and the senior marker was about 90 yds into the fairway.  Could have hit a PW but went with the driver. and missed the FW.  Come to find out, no senior had even hit  the fairway.  .

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 02:59 PM

I have a story.  I'm just like y'all and carry the ball 300+ (but I actually do, ball speed in the high 170's low 180's).  I was playing a work tournament and absolutely nutted on one on the long drive hole.  With the wind helping and roll, we had 120yds into a par 5.  I'm in the 3rd to last group to play the hole.  The guys in the group behind me come in and said, "who the hell is lsu_atx_golf?"  They were astonished at where the marker was then said that they were the group behind us and the guys behind them (the last group) weren't very good.  Fast forward to the awards, they announce the long drive winner, and it's not me.  It's a 65 year old that was playing from ladies tees.  I really could have used that burner and crawfish pot.

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