2020 PGA Merchandise Show Thwarts Sandbaggers

The 2020 PGA Merchandise Show has brought forth some state-of-the-art technology to the world of golf, and one of the most exciting pieces of tech is the Cap Patrol software. Built to thwart sandbaggers and call them out for their deception, the Cap Patrol software is similar to a handicap system. However, it is encouraged that Cap Patrol is used in conjunction to a handicap system to properly reveal the sandbagger-y that is afoot within your golf club.

Defeat Sandbaggers with Calculated Algorithms

Created by George Thurner of Covington, KY., Cap Patrol records the scores of players that have been input and checks how it affects their handicap index. When two unlikely scores are recognized, the player receives handicap adjustments based on the scores provided. If pesky sandbaggers want to withhold scores, Cap Patrol has that covered as well by confirming scores with a club’s tee sheet. An example of Cap Patrol at work is a 10-handicap being turned in a 74, and the system flagging the unlikeliness of this score.

“If you are going to accuse someone of cheating, you need the evidence to support the claim. This system puts a numerical value to the question of a player’s handicap looking fishy,” explained Thurner to Golf Digest at the 2020 PGA Show.

Great for Players & Clubs

According to the Cap Patrol website, “[Cap Patrol] provide reporting on every golfer driven from a proprietary algorithm that clearly shows if a golfer is managing their score record to gain an advantage.” The website not only says that is great for clubs, but also for individual players to follow their current play.

Built to reduce the chances of fisticuffs between golf players debating on score manipulation, this software is sure to be a go-to for golf players on courses all over the United States. Cap Patrol is already gaining traction with over 150 clubs nationwide signing up and counting since its reveal at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show.

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