SEARCH HOME
 Math Central Quandaries & Queries
 Question from Brad: I've looked all over the web for a solution to this (including searching the archives here) to no avail. We're doing a golf tournament with twelve people. Each person has a "handicap" that demonstrates their skill level. We have these numbers for each of the 12 players. We are trying to figure out how to schedule two rounds of golf with the most balance possible. - We are playing two "real" rounds of golf (18 holes). There are four people per group. - We want to split each round into two 9 hole games, which gives us a total of 4 games - Halfway through (after 9 holes), you switch partners within the foursome that you're playing in. - We want everyone to play with 4 unique different teammates So say you start the first 18 hole round as a group of Players 1, 2, 3, and 4. Players 1 and 2 are a team, and players 3 and 4 are a team. After 9 holes, Player 1 would either be paired up with Player 3 or 4, and the other two players would pair up as well. Then the next day we will mix up the foursomes and do the same thing. In terms of just pure scheduling this is simple. But I'm trying to figure out how to best balance the handicaps (simple average of each team's two handicaps works here). Assuming I'll need some sort of program or spreadsheet. Any help or even a push in the right direction would be a tremendous help. Thanks in advance to anyone who wants to give this a shot.