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your•bot Announces Three New Golf Tournament Game Formats for tour•bot Blind Nine, Quota, and Callaway Scoring System

01-14-2011 03:08 PM CET | Sports

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your•bot adds three of the most popular Golf Tournament games to the first self-contained Apple® iOS® App that provides complete golf tournament scoring capabilities for ad-hoc competitions without requiring an internet-based service.

Chicago, IL, January 12, 2011 -- your•bot™ and developer James Prete announces the inclusion of the three additional Tournament scoring games with the release 1.2.5 of tour•bot™ golf tournament scoring app for the Apple® iPhone3G®, iPhone3GS®, iPhone4®. iPod Touch® 2-4 and all iPad® devices (iOS® 3.0 or higher).

Blind Nine, Quota, and two versions of the Callaway Scoring System have been added to the tour•bot scoring system capability.

Blind Nine, sometimes called Blind Hole, is a tournament in which only 9 of the 18 holes count in the player's final score. The catch is that the player doesn't know which 9 holes count until after the round is completed. The tournament organizers usually wait until all foursomes have teed off before randomly selecting the 9 holes whose scores will be used. Blind Nine using tour•bot is played with full handicaps.

Quota is a game where tournament players start with positive points with the goal is to reach 36 total points (or 39 - the specifics can vary depending on who is running the tournament). In Quota, each golfer starts with points that match their course handicap. If the course handicap is 3, the player starts with three points. If the handicap is 26, the golfer starts with 26 points. This starting point total is the quota. So the goal is to get from their starting quota to 36 (or 39) by adding points for each hole in the following way:
Bogeys - 1 point
Pars - 2 points
Birdies - 4 points
Eagles - 8 points

These scores are based upon gross strokes, not net; for example, a gross bogey is worth 1 point. The winner of a Quota Tournament is the golfer who exceeds the target score (36 or 39) by the greatest amount. If nobody hits or exceeds the target, the winner is the player coming closest.

The Callaway Scoring System is a kind of 1-day handicapping system that can be used in events where most of the golfers do not have real handicap indexes. For example, at a company outing, most of the golfers may not carry official handicap indexes. How can they all - with widely different playing abilities - compete fairly at stroke play?

The Callaway System - while based on a certain degree on luck - allows a "handicap allowance" to be determined and then applied to each golfer's score. tour•bot automates the Callaway System for you making these tournaments a snap to score. All players tee off and play stroke play, scoring in the normal fashion. tour•bot will automatically keep track of the important rule of Callaway, double par is the maximum score on any given hole (i.e., on a par 4, 8 is the maximum score). You don't have to worry about that with tour•bot, just score the total gross strokes and tour•bot will take care of everything. Following the round, gross scores are tallied. Based on each player's gross score (using the double par maximum), tour•bot zeros out a prescribed number of worst holes from the player's scorecard, then applies a second adjustment that may add or subtract additional strokes.

The Callaway scoring system allows players without a handicap established, to complete at a tournament and have a reasonable chance of winning. In addition to the standard Callaway stroke adjustment, tour•bot also includes the Dr. Scheid modified stroke adjustment system that further improves the chances of winning for high-stroke players.

tour•bot does all of these scoring calculations in an instant and is ready to Display, Email, AirPrint® or Bump® the results to / from the scorekeeper from your favorite Apple™ iDevice

tour•bot™ is the first full-featured golf tournament scoring app designed to be completely self-sufficient on your favorite iOS® Apple® device. No Internet service required to score any type of tournament! tour•bot™ does not require web-site registration or the cellular data network to provide an unequaled array of scoring and reporting capabilities. AirPrint® wireless printing and Bump® tournament sharing both require wireless connectivity to operate.

tour•bot™ offers numerous options in scoring events and includes the most asked for golf games for scoring.
When performing detailed hole-by-hole scoring, golfers can score and report on:
• Stoke Play;
• Skins games (either a Tournament style with roll-over or a hole-by-hole scoring);
• 2-Player best-ball game with either event-level team or tournament-level team pairings.
• 4-Player 2-best-balls game, also with either event-level team or tournament-level team pairings.
• Stableford results at tour, event and player detailed reporting levels and now with 2 & 4 Player teams.
• Match Play scoring results at the event level scored either as a head-to-head or with 2 & 4 Player teams.
• Blind Nine for single players
• Quota tournament
• Callaway scoring system with optional Dr. Scheid modified chart

All of the above games may be scored and reported at the same time on the same tournament. No other golf tournament scoring software for iPhone can do this.

When doing round-summary scoring, golfers can score adjusted gross stokes and up to three separate games (such as Binga, Banga, Bonga, or any three scores they wish to keep) for all players on the tournament.

tour•bot™ is the first app to create, schedule, facilitate pairings, record scores and produce tournament reports and player statistics for ad hoc or recreational golf tournaments. In addition, with the highly detailed scoring option enabled, golfers can keep track of their personal golf scores to analyze and improve their performance while also computing a recreational handicap index after scoring five rounds. All on their Apple® iOS® device. No other App on the iTunes® store offers so much power in a single App, with No monthly fees!

Features of the tour•bot™ application include:
-- Advanced data entry techniques for fast, accurate scoring, requiring the bare minimum time to complete;
-- Multi-view capability dramatically reduces number of touches to view data for tours and individual scores;
-- Scoring can be total round or hole-by-hole detail with two level of detail scoring to select from;
-- Produces customizable reports and tour/event/pairing notices for each tournament participants;
-- Allows the emailing or review of reports directly on the Apple® iOS® device;
-- Attaches a gZip'ed file to the email with all reports to allow the easy import into any spreadsheet program
-- Use the Address database on the Apple® iOS® device for email information;
-- Using either the built-in camera or photos in the Photo library, add a photo snapshot of the tour participants;
-- Scoring capability for two skins games, 2-player best-ball and 4-player 2-best-ball;
-- Includes the popular Stableford and Match Play scoring, either head-to-head or 2 & 4 Player teams;
-- Complete help system built-in;
-- Reserves mobile device battery life while on the course, by not requiring GPS based services, Cellular Data Network, etc.;
-- Unlimited capability for courses, players, tournaments or events (subject to device capacity);
-- With iOS® version 4.2.1 on your Apple iOS device, tour•bot now has AirPrint as one of the output options.

Full use of all program features requires using detailed scoring option and the entry of all course-related information, including: course rating, slope, PAR by hole, and handicap ranking by hole).

You can "get the fun done!" with tour•bot™ for $4.99 from the App Store® on iPhone® or iPad®.
tour•bot™and your•bot™ associated trademarks and logos are trademarks of James Prete.

About your•bot:
your•bot is a newly formed group focused on developing and delivering advanced and easy-to-use software for amateur competitions that span multiple events and locations. Principal developer, James Prete, has been developing software solutions for a broad variety of markets for over thirty years. tour•bot is the first in a series of apps that will focus on providing solutions that work the best for the competition at hand.

Gayle Prete
1327 W. Washington Blvd, Suite 2b
Chicago IL 60607

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