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Frequently Asked Questions >
What exactly is the Number 1 Seed?

The Number 1 Seed is a group of Connecticut-based golfers that love the game of golf and
intend on improving by competing against each other.  We realized that there needed to be a
place where like-minded golf enthusiasts could set up a match by making a simple phone
call on short notice and tee it up anywhere!  Hence the birth of the Number 1 Seed.

How did the Number 1 Seed group get started?

The group began in 2001 when Darrell and Rusty started documenting their matches
between each other.  In 2002 Wayne Tolson, Jr. and Jeff Baskin jumped on board and the
rest is history.  Each year we've added 4 or 5 guys, and in 2004, we added the automated
ranking system, the web site and the money pool.

What's the procedure for joining the group?

It's very simple.  Just contact a current member, express your desire to join and a vote will be
taken amongst the members and you're in!  It's very informal.

How much does it cost to join?

$200 per season, due before the season begins.

Where does the money go and how is it distributed?

$40 of the $200 goes for administrative costs (Web hosting and Message board fees), $20
goes to our pre-season meeting and $40 for our year-end banquet.  The remainder of the
money ($100) goes in the winner's pool (see payout schedule below).

Is there a minimum and/or maximum handicap you must have for eligibility?

There is no minimum handicap.  Although there is no official maximum handicap, if your
handicap is over 25 you'll likely find this group too competitive.

Is there a minimum number of rounds you must play throughout the season?

Yes.  Effective 4/17/06, you're required to play once  a week (or 4 times a month) or you'll be
penalized.  Your rounds will be assessed every 4th week until week 24. You're required to
play a total of 20 rounds in order to receive an end-of-season rank.

What's the penalty for not meeting the minimum rounds required?

If you don't meet the minimum requirement, you'll be removed from the ranking system until
your rounds are made up.  While catching up, you're assumed to be in the 1st tier.  That
means you give 2 strokes to 2nd tier players, 4 strokes to 3rd tier players and 6 strokes to 4th
tier players.  Your S.O.S will be based on the players in your foursome.

How many guys are in the group?

As of April 2010, we have 61 members.  We started the group in 2001 with 8 members.  In
2002 we grew to 16.  In 2003 & 2004 we added 8 members to bring the total to 24 members.  
The rest is history.

Is there a system in place to level the playing field for higher handicappers?

Yes.  See the "STROKE EQUITY" section in our Rules.

Is there a maximum number of participants that the group will accept?


Do you guys have a "home" course?

No, on purpose.  It was our intention from the onset to play as many courses as possible so
you never become complacent.  In fact, collectively, we played over 71 courses last season.

What system do you use to rank golfers?

We developed a program (written in Visual Basic) that takes the following variables into
account:  Winning percentage, amount of rounds played, strength of schedule, stroke
average and money earned.  For the formula used (and more info), see "
how we calculate
rankings" .

Are matches determined by medal or match play?

All matches are played using the match-play format however we use your medal score to
break all ties. See the "FORMAT" section in our

Now that I've become a member, how do I go about setting up a match?

Simple.  Either access the message board and post a message about your availability or call
any of the members (from the
contact list) and find out who's going out that day.  I'd estimate
theres at least one match going on 6 of the 7 days per week.

Is there a pre-season meeting?  If so, when and where?

Yes, there will be a pre-season meeting usually taking place in late February.  Check the web
site in the beginning of February for the exact date and place.

When does the season officially start?

April 17, 2010

What happens if I don't start at the beginning of the season?

Absolutely nothing.  There is no advantage of starting early, nor a disadvantage of starting
late.  Only that throughout the season, you keep pace with rounds played with the rest of the

What's the cut-off date for acceptance for the current golf season?

July 18, 2010

When does the season officially end?

October 3, 2010.  The #1 Seed Tier tournament is played from Oct 4 to Oct 30.

Is there an end of the year dinner banquet?

Yes.  It's usually held around the 2nd week in November.

Who do I call to report match results?

Darrell.  He'll need to know the points for each golfer (wins and losses), who golfed, their
medal scores and where the match was held.

How quickly do the results of matches get updated on the web site?

Usually nightly by 10 PM.

Are there any special trips/outings throughout the season (or off-season)?

Yes.  Based on advance sign-up, we'll likely have at least 10 to 12 weekend outings
throughout the season, not to mention the countless local matches within CT.

What do you win if you end up in first place at the end of the season?


Who do I call if I have additional questions about the Number 1 Seed?

Darrell Draughn (203) 410-9893
Wayne Tolson, Jr. (203) 675-2300
Dilton Smith (203) 645-4435
Last updated 4/23/10 7:41 am
Rules for Number 1 Seed participants >

Entrance in the Number 1 Seed pool requires the following:

$250 annual dues, $10 Hole-In-One fee and a recommendation from a member in good
standing.   Additionally, you should have a firm understanding of the Rules of Golf.


9 or 18 hole matches

All matches are determined using the match-play format. In the event of a tie, medal play
(total strokes) determine the winner of the match.

All 18 hole matches are based on 3 points. 1 point awarded for the front-nine, 1 point
awarded for the back-nine and 1 point awarded for the overall match (nassau).  9 hole
matches yield 1 point being awarded to the winner.

As an added bonus, the golfer with the highest  Current Rank determines the tee box from
which to use for the foursome.  Additionally, in the case of group skins (Chicago), the highest
ranking golfer determines the tee box for the whole group.

Once you've begun your round, if you fail to complete your front side, you automatically forfeit
the front side.  If you begin the back side of your match, and you fail to complete the side, you
lose both the back side and the nassau.  No matter what the circumstances are.


In an attempt to provide balanced matches, strokes are given based on the following:

If you "X" out of a hole, you automatically receive a 10 on the hole and if you were to be
awarded a stroke on that particular hole, you've forfeited the stroke.  The strokes given cannot
be used for skins or in your medal score.


You have to play once a week (or 4 times a month) or you’ll be penalized.  Your rounds played
will be assessed every 4th week until week 24.  If you don’t meet the minimum requirement,
you’ll be removed from the ranking system until your rounds are made up.  While catching up,
you’re assumed to be in the 1st tier.  That means you give strokes to all lower tiers according
to the tier structure.

Additionally, you must play a minimum of (1) weekend round with the group every four
weeks.  If you don’t then you’ll be removed from the ranking system until you've made up the

You are required to play 20 rounds of golf per season to receive a rank and qualify for the
end-of-season #1 Seed Tournament.


If you’re signed up for a weekend event and you need to cancel, you must do so at least 2
hrs. in advance.  If you fail to do so then you receive an 0-9 record for that day. There are no

40/60 RULE

Beginning Week 3 of each season, the 40/60 rule is in effect.  This rule requires you to play at
least 40% of your golf within or above your tier.  Your playing percentages will be monitored
after every round and reported every four weeks.  If your percentage exceeds 60% after the
quarter, your wins and points for those wins are deleted and an additional 10 points are
deducted.  This rule eliminates bottom-feeders.


The standard bet is a $1 nassau with $1 skins (lowest score on hole), $2 birdies and $5
eagles. To avoid confusion, birdies and eagles can be cancelled out by another birdie or
eagle in your group.  Additional bets such as increasing the $1 nassau, presses, carryover
skins, greenies, sandies, dogmeat and any other variations are dependent upon mutual
agreement between all golfers in your group.  If theres a discrepancy, please defer to the
standard bet.  Only the $1 nassau counts toward the money list. Skins do not count toward
the money list.


$4,000 will be paid out in cash prizes.  The remaining funds will pay our administrative costs
(web site hosting, enhancements and message board fees) and any money left over will be
used for our pre-season meeting and our Annual Dinner/Roast.


USGA and R&A rules of golf apply.

The only exception is the local rules of the course, which are posted on the scorecard and/or
yardage book.

In the event of a disagreement in the application of a rule, the player shall either: (1) call the
pro shop immediately for resolution or (2) play two balls, record both scores and ask the pro
for resolution immediately following the round. If, you do not follow this procedure you may be
disqualified for the hole, which may affect your match.

Every hole should be played out and every stroke counted (with the exception of gimmies and
X-outs). If you “X” out of a hole, you automatically receive a 10.  This may affect your match
because in the event of a tie (match play), the 10 is factored into your medal score which is
used as the tie-breaker. Once a putt is given (gimmie) by a majority of players in the match it
is good. It does not matter what happens to the ball after it is given because the player has
effectively “holed out”. Practice is allowed, in accordance with Article 12-5, after all players
have holed out in match play.

Upon the completion of your match the results should be called into Darrell as soon as
possible.  By rule, you have until midnight of that day to call in your scores. To be safe, you
are encouraged to save your scorecard for verification and archival purposes.  If you do not
follow this procedure your match may be disqualified.

These rules may be modified or amended at any time, so please check the site frequently.
Last updated 4/17/10 3:45 pm
Tier 1: ranks 1-10
Tier 2: ranks 11-20
Tier 3: ranks 21-30
Tier 4: ranks 31-40
Tier 5: ranks 41-50
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10th place
Tier 1 Winning payout*
Mobility Award Payout*
The golfer that improves his rank the most
positions throughout the season
(based on your previous year's finish)
+ majority vote of active Seeders.
1st place
1st place
2011 Dues
Tier 2 Tournament Winner
* Mobility Award Winner
must choose
Tier Award Payout or
Mobility Award Payout,
not both.
1st place
2011 Dues
Tier 3 Tournament Winner
1st place
2011 Dues
Tier 4 Tournament Winner