Originally Posted by zipper
I'm going to disagree with you on the missed hole part. I will try and get a look at the rules book, but even if it says, par + 4 and par is meant to vary I think that is a mistake. I'm pretty confident that card assignments are alphabetical (or have typically been so). If my last name always puts me (first round) at a par 5 hole, and it always puts you on a par 3 hole, and we're late every year for this same tournament, I'm punished more severely than you simply because you're a Jubin, and I'm a Ross.
7 strokes per hole solves that problem. I promise that if this situation every occurs, the PDGA would hear about it in the loudest possible fashion.
TD's get lazy and have used alphabetical hole assignments in the past. But technically that's not by the (rule)book. Check the rules:
Originally Posted by PDGA Rulebook
B. All players within a division for the first round should be grouped via two methods:
(1) Random grouping; players within a division may be randomly grouped for the first round and grouped by cumulative score for each round there after.
(2) Player Rating grouping; players within a division may use player rating to set first round groups. Highest rated player starting on the lowest number hole, the second highest rated player starting on the following hole, etc. This process would continue until all starting holes have been filled.
I guess you could try to debate whether alphabetical is random, based on different players showing up, but that doesn't hold much water. A true random assignment would (most probably) have the exact same set of players starting on different holes each time.