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To Whom It May Concern: I have a golf outing fast approaching and I’m having a problem matching the golfers so that everyone plays a round of golf with every other golfer in the group. My problem is this: I have 16 golfers playing 5 rounds of golf. I would like a different foursome for every round of golf, that is each round (5 total) an individual is playing with 3 other players he hasn’t played with as of yet. Can you crunch the numbers and get back to me? The way I see it, we have 20 combinations (5 rounds x 4 golfers) with numbers 1 thru 16. 

Hi Bob, This type of scheduling problem usually doesn't have a nice answer. The fact that you have 16 golfers is extremely fortunate since there is a solutiion in this situation. Here are the four foursomes for each of the five rounds. The golfers are numbered 0 to 15. Round1 Round2 Round3 Round4 Round5 Chris 

