Continuing our recent flurry of replay re-caps, Craig Small wrote me an sent in a summary of his All-Time Greats APBA Golf Tournament. He’s also going to expand on that and is asking for input from readers.
by Craig Small
I just wrapped up my inaugural All-Time Greats APBA Golf Tournament and wanted to share the results with you. I like to keep it simple and as fast moving as possible so I play with the basic rules and incorporate the lie charts as well for a bit more realism. I picked eight of the all time greats and had a single elimination 3 round competition. In the first round Hogan defeated Snead 65-68, Jones defeated Palmer in an extra playoff hole 71-71, Nicklaus defeated Faldo 67-74, and Woods defeated Nelson 66-67. In the semi-finals Nicklaus defeated Jones 68-74 and Woods defeated Hogan 68-70. I played the final this evening with Nicklaus defeating Woods 69-73. It was the sloppiest match of the tournament with lots of missed putts and Woods driving the ball all over the course. The entire tournament was played on the D.C. Metro course. I decided on stroke play because I wanted to see what kind of scores these guys could hit. Needless to say, it was a blast.
I’m planning on doing it all again in a couple of weeks and had so much fun the first time that I want to expand the field. I’ve decided to go with 16 players and 4 different courses. The first round will be played at Badger Links, the second round at Empire State, the semi-finals at Magnolia and the final at D.C. Metro.
Here’s where I was hoping that the APBA Blog readers could help me out. I’ve picked the initial 12 golfers but am having a hard time with the last 4. I’ve decided to go with Nicklaus, Woods, Hogan,Player, Jones, Hagen, Palmer, Snead, Sarazen, Watson, Nelson, and Faldo. I’d like to hear from you with your choices for the last 4 to make it in. At the end of two weeks I’ll tally up the results and the 4 with the most votes will be in. I’ve got the ATG 1 and ATG 2 card sets so there’s plenty of great golfers to choose from. I’d also like to know if you think I should continue with stroke play or switch to match play.