News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Rub of the Green

May 16, 2009

Rub of the Green: Ringer Scores and Blind Bogies added to golf’s fun

TERRE HAUTE — Several decades in the past, there were a couple of golf competitions that players enjoyed. These events were always open to players of all abilities and entry fees were minimal.

I’m referring to “Ringer Scores” and “Blind Bogies.” To play in a Ringer you might have put up a dollar or two and sign your name on a score sheet which was usually placed on a wall in the pro shop.

To begin, you simply put up the score you made on each hole. In subsequent rounds each time you bettered the score you made the time before on a hole, you erased that score and replaced it with the lower current score. There was no limit to the number of rounds an individual played during the time period the Ringer ran. Often a new event would begin each month.

The honor system was usually utilized, but if necessary, a stipulation could be made that a scorecard should be submitted for each round and it should be attested by another player entered in the Ringer competition.

Blind Bogey tournaments were organized to give all participants an even chance to share in the prize money or merchandise. Each month during the summer Quaker Maid Company sponsored a Blind Bogey for their golfing employees. There may have been a inexpensive entry fee, but most of the tournament expenses were borne by the company as well as a meal at the conclusion of play.

The objective in a Blind Bogey was to shoot a net score somewhere between 70 and 80 strokes. For example, if your usual score was 90 you might pick a 15-handicap. That would leave you with a 75 net and allow you to play a little better or worse than your target score. If your net score was outside the 70 to 80 range, you were not eligible to be in the drawing for a prize.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Rub of the Green
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Israel Deploys Ground Troops to Gaza Strip Bull Run Comes to Middle America Raw: Divers, Snorkelers at Undersea 'Concert' Space Station Shipment Launched From Virginia Lightning Kills Two in National Park in Colorado Wisconsin Cop Ready to Roll...On Skateboard One Dead, 19 Injured in Greyhound Bus Crash WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Giant Whale Vacuumed in New York City LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting' Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Raw: German Players Head to World Cup Final Germany Wins the World Cup 1-0 Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters Diaz and Segel Strip Off for 'Sex Tape' Raw: Violence Mars Argentina's WC Celebration Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues
NDN Video
Germany Wins The 2014 FIFA World Cup!!! RAW VIDEO: Stampede injures ten at Georgia World Congress Center Cellphone Video Shows Assault Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting' Cleveland welcomes home LeBron Houston Killer Collapses in Court When Read Capital Murder Charges for Allegedly Killing Family of Six Worst Valet Ever Wrecks $500K Lamborghini Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel Aerial fish restocking in Utah ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity