How GBN assigns teams...
We want the teams to be fair, and we want everyone to be able to get to know as many other people as possible. To achieve these goals, we assign teams for each GBN tournament we conduct.
One of our Members has written a computer program that automatically assigns all players for a given tournament to a team. The program is based on an algorithm that attempts to create teams of more or less equal competitiveness. It employs Stated Handicaps (as reported by the players) and a random number generator.
The program assigns a Random Number to each tournament player. It then sorts the player list by descending order of Stated Handicap, with ties broken by ascending order of Random Number. It then assigns a Letter Grade Rating of D, C, B, or A to the High, Medium-High, Medium-Low, and Low handicappers. Finally, the list is re-sorted into Letter Grade Groups by ascending order of Random Number, and a Team Number of 1, 2, 3, etc. is assigned in that order. Got it??? Whew!
If you'd like more details, please read this document:
We recognize that there may be times when participants want to play on the same team together. A good example is when a Member invites a guest for the first time. Another is when one person wants to initiate or deepen a business relationship with another person in his or her target industry.
Whatever the reason, we support the occasional pairing of two or more people. You can make your request at the Registration Table when you sign in. However, we limit the request to ONE "Keep Together" pairing per year.
Since teams go off one at a time rather than "shotgun" style, the last team to go off can start much later than the first, especially when there are a lot of teams playing. We recognize this may cause scheduling problems for some players from time to time.
If you have a scheduling conflict and you NEED to go off with one of the earlier teams, you can make your request at the Registration table when you sign in. "Go Early" status will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While there is no strict limit to the number of such requests an individual can make, we ask that you use discretion.