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The easiest way to create pairs for 3 rounds of golf is create two rows, numbers 16 on the top row and 712 on the bottom row. Keep the top row fixed and rotate the bottom row one to the left for each round. Using this method you could add up to 3 more rounds of golf. For a more complicated golf tournament structure with groups of 4 check out: http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/QQ/database/QQ.09.07/h/john7.html Janice  


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