This post might only be interesting to the deepest of tKO heads (what up, Dre!), but the weather at tKO-HQ showed some signs of turning early this week and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I thought it might be a good idea to get the big changes out in the open now, so you can voice any concerns you have at the draft, at which I’m expecting 100% acceptance. Speaking of the draft, we’re going to do it at Parlor on Division on Friday, March 16th at 5:30. That’s somewhat close to the Clybourn metra stop for you Palatine boys and significantly closer to my house for me.
So we’ve already released the major news about Noble Hawk (and, depending on if you are Kevin, Kevin’s kid), but I think today’s drop might even be more of a game changer. Using tKOXII as a test run, we are going to try something a little different for the championship round. On Saturday morning, you’ll be flighted based on your Bixler leaderboard standing after round 2 with the exception of the top four players on the RDGC leaderboard. The RDGC leaders will still go off as a foursome, with the flight pint going to the low gross round. However, for the rest of us (or should I say the rest of you? (I shouldn’t say that)), flights will be based on the Bixler leaderboard and flight winner will be based on their final round net score. So if we would’ve put this into effect last year, it would have been Shane vs Kevin head to head in the final round, along with Hart and Mustang Mark. Tall James (3rd), Robinson (4th) and White James (6th) all could’ve been in the Bixler final four, but if someone happens to be in both the top four on the Bixler and RDGC leaderboard, we’re giving the priority to the RDGC. Also, fuck those people.
There were a number of different factors that went into this decision. For one, we are always looking to mix up the foursomes, so you guys can play with as many different players as possible. While it seems so obvious that we should’ve done this years ago, it was important that we kept with tradition until someone actually won the Dinner Party. So when Asian James completed the task last year, we figured it was time to turn the page on this chapter in tKO history. Jeremy, you will no longer be able to count on lording over the Trash Flight to collect your pint glasses, time to step it up if you ever want to complete that theoretical set.
Perhaps the most influential aspect of this change is what will now take place at the bottom of the leaderboard. The Trash Flight (© 2014) is now, more than ever before, truly the TRASH flight. For example, at tKOXI, the Trash Flight would have been Pete, Lloyd, Sutton, and Jeremy based on the Round 2 leaderboard. Danny and Keith, Trash Flight stalwarts, would have been in the 3rd and 6th flights respectively. Now Keith still would’ve won the DFL with that final round net-98 where he stormed from 11 strokes back going into the final round, but he at least wouldn’t been stuck in a cart with Danny, who was clearly out to sabotage Keith. Keith showing the final round closing speed that prime-Tiger Woods could never even muster up. Bravo, Keith!
In case you were wondering, here’s what last year’s final rounds would’ve looked like:
- RDGC Final: Robinson (flight winner), Dre, White James, Tall James
- Bixler Final: Mustang Mark (flight winner), Hart, Kevin, Shane
- 2nd: Greg, Eddie (flight winner), Ian, Austin
- 3rd: me, Asian James, Wally (flight winner), Marty
- 4th: Cahill, Bryce (flight winner), Nate, Danny
- 5th: Keith, Rich, Aschman, Ben (flight winner)
- Trash: Sutton (flight winner), Pete, Lloyd, Jeremy
We are locking up draft team pods in about 2 weeks, so if anyone is sitting on a bunch of scores, go ahead and pop those into FairwayFiles.com. See you boys at the draft. BE THERE, BE THERE, BE THERE.
Also, Tall James, what the hell is your shirt size?!?!