Originally Posted by jevon
So the advantage goes to the team with more players, not so much advantage if you're filling out the matchups first or second...
Jordan - correct me if I am wrong.
If you are filling out the matches second (and assuming we are talking about the bonus match because the other matches have been filled) you do have a choice.
If first team puts a single player in the bonus match the 2nd team can:
a) put 1 player there and play singles
b) put 2 players there and force the other team to play cali
c) opt out of the match altogether thereby forcing the first team player to sit
To me the advantage is with the second team, no?
If the first team doesn't want to play the bonus match they have that choice when they fill out the lineup card - leave blank. Then the 2nd team does not have a choice....
As a team captain I have have contacted the opposing captain before every match, usually a few days before and again on the morning of the match. I tell them "We have X number of players and will play everyone both rounds if given the choice." Are we giving away some strategy or advantage? Probably, but we (DARKHORSE!) all just want to play as much golf as possible and would gladly play cali against a doubles team rather than sit. Obviously the other captain has every right to withhold telling me in return how many players they have or say that they will wait to see what the bonus matchup looks like before committing during the round they are setting lineups second. But guess what every captain so far has also told me how many players they will have and whether they will play both rounds so that everyone can plan their day accordingly.