Gil Thorp checks in to drop some cliched golf advice on Steve Boone, burgeoning one-armed bandit who wants to fleece some of the fat pigeons of Milford Country Club.
Play in the President’s Cup? That sounds dirty. (Has anybody else wondered if Noah Boone is ever going to make a play for Molly. After all, he’s like a two armed Steve who falls within an appropriate age for dating. I forget his age though. 15, 16 maybe? Probably too young for picky Molly….aaaaand I’ve already thought way too hard about this.)
Meet Pat Laske, Steve Boone’s opponent and recipient of what will certainly be some weird trash talk: “I could swing better than that with one hand tied behind my back!”
How do you play match play with a 25 handicap? Do you get to subtract 25/18 (1.3888888888888888888888888888889) strokes from every hole? In match play, you may not even play 18 holes. What the heck, let’s google it!
The USGA provides this answer:
“Handicap stroke holes are established to maximize the number of halved holes in a match by assigning strokes where player A most needs his four strokes in order to obtain a half on those holes. If both A and B receive strokes on those four holes, the better player (B) will have a greater chance of winning those holes. On holes allocated 14, 15, 16, and 17, A will receive strokes and B will not. A will have a greater chance of winning those “easier” holes. The result will be more holes won and lost than halved and the better player (B) will have an unfair advantage in the match.”
So that clears that up. Let’s get back to WHACKing it, aka ”tending your own flag.”