Yes, I owe you two dollars and no I did not finish. I threw the last hole but did not putt out if you remember. I was running late and had to get out of there.
Yes, the card you are speaking of was WAY slow. The biggest problem wasn't the players but having 5 on the card is ridiculous. That one extra player will add 3-5 minutes per hole x 18 holes = 55 - 90 minutes and it **** sure felt like it. They started 20 minutes ahead of us and we caught them after 7 holes, then it was throw, putt and wait. Throw, putt and wait. Every freaking hole and it wasn't just the group but the size of the group and then having to wait on pedestrians also. With less than 40 players there shouldn't be any more than 4 per card and 3 would be ideal. Not the TDs fault, flex starts are designed to make it easier on the players but it actually makes it harder on the TD with mixed divisions and cards going out one after the other. Plus he can't control what hole they start on. You have groups starting on 1, 8, 9 10, just all over the place and if a backup starts it just gets worse with every hole.
I know after last night, I will make sure in Owasso that there are no more five somes out on the course. All cards will either be 3 or 4 players, no more than that. I don't play when i TD, so its hard to tell just what the backups are but its a simple math fact, less players per card should mean less time per card per hole.