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Activity Number: 154 - Sports Analysis: New Insights
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 30, 2018 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Sports
Abstract #328433
Title: Net Best-Ball Team Composition in Golf
Author(s): Tim Swartz* and Yifan Wu and Peter Chow-White
Companies: Simon Fraser University and Simon Fraser University and Simon Fraser University
Keywords: distribution of minimum; handicapping in golf; order statistics; simulation

This talk proposes a simple method of forming two-player and four-player golf teams for the purposes of net best-ball tournaments in stroke play format. The proposal is based on the recognition that variability is an important consideration in team composition; highly variable players contribute greatly in a best-ball setting. A theoretical rationale is provided for the proposed team formation. In addition, simulation studies are carried out which compare the proposal against other methods of team formation. In these studies, the proposed team composition leads to competitions that are more fair.

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