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  Running ScoreKeeper with Microsoft Windows Vista or later 
  Transferring ScoreKeeper to a new PC 
  FAQs (frequently asked questions)
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 Tournament play:  arranging pairings for multi-day events

 League play:  using "dummy" substitute golfers

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Running ScoreKeeper with the Windows Vista or later Operating System

ScoreKeeper will run normally under Windows Vista or later, but the please note the following in selecting the folder where you install the software, how you are logged in (administrator or normal user) and user privelege settings.


You may need to be logged in as an administrator to install ScoreKeeper.  While running the ScoreKeeper installer program, you will select where you want to install the software.   There are two options:
  1) installing to a folder within the "Program Files" folder such as "C:\Program Files\ScoreKeeper", or
  2) installing to a folder outside of the "Program Files" folder such as "C:\ScoreKeeper.
If installing ScoreKeeper for the first time, option 2) is recommeneded.  It will simplify security issues both at install time and at run time.  If you are upgrading from a previous ScoreKeeper version, it is OK to install to the same location as the previous installation, whether that is option 1) or option 2).

Running ScoreKeeper:

If you installed ScoreKeeper within the "Program Files" folder (option 1, above) you must then use 'Administrator' privileges to run ScoreKeeper.  To set Administrator privileges, right-click on the ScoreKeeper desktop icon, then select properties, and click on 'Run as Administrator' 

(Note: if you receive the message "Error 75, Path/File Access Error" when trying to enter your user code, this indicates that your user privileges are not sufficient to run the software in the folder where you have installed it.

If you installed ScoreKeeper outside of the "program files" folder (option 2, above) you should not need 'Administrator' privileges to run it. 

Transferring ScoreKeeper to a new PC

Two steps are needed to transfer ScoreKeeper to a new PC:  1) re-installing the software and 2) transferring your data files.

1) Install ScoreKeeper to your new PC using the same procedures used with your prior installation (download or CD-ROM).  If you need to re-download your software, send us an e-mail stating this and be sure to include your name and user code.  We will send download instructions by return e-mail. 

See the installation tip above if your new PC is running the Windows Vista, or later, operating system.

2) To transfer your data, first make a copy of your data files using the Save Backup Files feature.  This is found in the Tools menu (or the Utilities menu in earlier ScoreKeeper versions).  You can use any removable media as a destination for the data files.  Note: some PCs are configured so as to allow writing files directly to a removable device like a CD-ROM using the "Backup" feature.  On other PCs, you may have to first save the data files to a folder on your hard disk and then -- working outside of ScoreKeeper -- transfer the files to the removable media using whatever "burner" software is installed on your PC.  

After you have saved your data files, use the Restore Backup Files feature on your new PC to import the data.  This feature is also found in the Tools menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Arranging Golfers in Multi-Day Outings & Tournaments

Organizers of tournaments and outings are often asked to produce a special arrangement of golfers... a "rotation with no repeats".  That is, each golfer is to play one time - and only one time - with each of the other golfers in the group, over a period of days.  Creating this arrangement can be more difficult than it sounds. 

It turns out that the desired results can be achieved exactly in only a limited number of cases.  Specifically, if playing in foursomes, the number of golfers must be 4 times 4 or 16 (5 days will be required for a full rotation).  If playing in threesomes, the number of golfers must be 3 times 3 or 9 (4 days will be required).  In cases involving other numbers of golfers it's not possible to achieve a full rotation, using full pairings (threesomes or foursomes), with no repeats.  For example, if we had 20 golfers it would be impossible to achieve the rotation with no repeats.

As a practical matter, the organizer of an outing can usually achieve an acceptable result by using one of the rotation schedules below and leaving some of the slots open if the population of golfers does not match one of the "magic" numbers... 16 or 9.  For example with 14 golfers, use Schedule 1 below and schedule threesomes, instead of foursomes, for the groups which include the missing golfers #15 and #16. 

Schedule 1:  16-golfer arrangement, 5 days, using foursomes.

Round 1 
Group A    1  2  3  4 
Group B    5  6  7  8 
Group C    9 10 11 12 
Group D   13 14 15 16 

Round 2 
Group A    1  5  9 13 
Group B    2  6 10 14 
Group C    3  7 11 15 
Group D    4  8 12 16 

Round 3 
Group A    1  6 11 16 
Group B    2  5 12 15 
Group C    3  8  9 14 
Group D    4  7 10 13 

Round 4 
Group A    1  7 12 14 
Group B    2  8 11 13 
Group C    3  5 10 16 
Group D    4  6  9 15 

Round 5 
Group A    1  8 10 15 
Group B    2  7  9 16 
Group C    3  6 12 13 
Group D    4  5 11 14 

Schedule 2:  9-golfer arrangement, 4 days, using threesomes.

Round 1 
Group A    1  2  3 
Group B    4  5  6 
Group C    7  8  9 

Round 2
Group A    1  4  7 
Group B    2  5  8 
Group C    3  6  9 

Round 3 
Group A    1  5  9 
Group B    2  6  7 
Group C    3  4  8

Round 4 
Group A    1  6  8 
Group B    2  4  9 
Group C    3  5  7 

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League Play: Use of "Dummy" Substitute Golfers

This tip applies to league play.  ScoreKeeper's Automatic Point Awards feature provides automatic scoring of golfer vs. golfer or team vs. team competitions.  This feature also lets you name a substitute (Sub) golfer when a scheduled golfer does not play.

When you name a Sub golfer, that golfer can of course be a real golfer, chosen from your roster of golfers.  Also, the Sub golfer can be a fictitious or "dummy" golfer, set up solely to use as an opponent in matches where one opponent does not play.  Use of a dummy Sub lets you record  a single score, and then use that score to award points in all matches where one of the opponents has no score recorded.

To use a dummy Sub in all matches here one opponent does not play:

- Prior to using the Automatic Point Awards feature, record a new golfer with a name like "Joe Substitute".  In that golfer's profile, designate the golfer's flight/team assignment as "substitute".  Set this golfer's handicap index to zero.  (When necessary, for example when doing reports, you can use the Group feature to exclude any "substitute" golfers so they will not appear).

- For the date of play in question, record a score for the dummy Sub.  For example, recording a bogey on each hole is a popular technique. (If you do so, then each golfer whose opponent does not play as scheduled can compete against a "dummy" score of bogey on every hole.)  Note that because the dummy Sub has been assigned a handicap index of zero, this method works the same way whether using gross or net scoring.

- In the Automatic Point Awards window, check the box that says "Allow Substitute Golfers".  When prompted to name a substitute golfer (this occurs for each match where one or both opponents has no score recorded) select the dummy Sub. 

Use of a dummy Sub golfer is a popular technique because it enables matches to be scored without having to arrange for a "real" substitute golfer to play.  It also has the advantage that all golfers whose opponents do not play are treated equally and  -- by setting the score recorded for the dummy Sub  to a high value -- an element of penalty (a high score) can be assigned to golfers who do not play when scheduled.  This is a less extreme technique than outright forfeit of the scheduled match.  

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