Blind Bogey in Golf

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Blind Bogey is a golf tournament format. Actually, it's several tournament formats - "blind bogey" means different things to different tournament directors, and in different places. Here are three variations of Blind Bogey:

1. Golfers play 18 holes of stroke play. Following completion of play, the tournament director randomly selects a score - say, 87 - and the golfer(s) whose actual score is closest to the randomly selected score is the winner.

2. A variation of No. 1. In this version, before the round begins golfers assign themselves a self-chosen handicap (which should be recorded to guard against cheating later!) - the number they believe will result in a net score in the 70s. After the round, the tournament director randomly selects a number in the 70s, and golfers whose net scores (using their self-chosen handicaps) match that number are the winners.

3. Finally, there's this version of blind bogey: Everyone tees off and completes their rounds. The tournament directors randomly select six holes, and each golfer's scores on those six randomly chosen holes are thrown out. The 12 holes remaining on your scorecard are added up, and that's your score. Low score wins.

How do you know which version of blind bogey your club has scheduled? Ask ahead of time, or just wait and be surprised.