Solves Golf Pairings Problem Using Advanced Mathematics and Invents New Golf Tournament Software to Make Every Golf Trip More Fun

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First time application of advanced algorithms produces “Perfect Pairings”; Golf Tournament Software enabling multi-day competitions represents a genuine computer science breakthrough

The objective of our GTG Tournament Engine is to finally give golfers a simple, fast way to run multiple golf trip competitions while masking all the complexity from the user. today announced that the newly released GTG Scheduler and GTG Tournament Engine, invented by GolfTripGenius computer scientists, have now been successfully golf buddy trip tested in the field by golf travelers in the US, Great Britain and Australia. Feedback has been uniformly positive.

CEO Mike Zisman, who holds a Ph.D in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School and is an overseer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has assembled a small global team of mathematicians and computer scientists and focused them on a simple goal: make golf trips more fun while reducing commonly encountered hassles. The team includes veteran software development leader, Eric Whitten, GolfTripGenius’ VP of Technology, based near Philadelphia; Nick Shelness, a former IBM computer scientist and tenured lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh now living in Scotland; Germany-based Alex Tandrau, winner of multiple European computer science competitions, teaching assistant at Jacobs University in operating systems and former software development engineer at Microsoft; and Alexandru Simion, former member of the Romanian National Team of Informatics and 2008 Silver Medalist in the Balkan Olympiad Informatics.

The GTG Scheduler uses advanced mathematical algorithms to create optimized golf pairings for groups of 6 to 24 players. For example, on a golf trip of 16 golfers playing 5 rounds in four foursomes, there are approximately '10 to the 32nd power', or 100 million times a trillion times a trillion possible schedules. The GTG Scheduler yields an optimized tee sheet in seconds –-- in this case, optimized so that every one of the 16 golfers plays with every other golfer exactly once.

Golf captains can also, at their option, elect to 'keep players together in certain rounds', 'spread players apart', and can also indicate who, if anyone, is missing from certain rounds. Subject to these rules, the GTG Scheduler will create a schedule so that every golfer is paired with every other golfer about the same number of times. The GTG Scheduler also has a drag and drop user interface so that a user can easily modify the computed golf pairings if they so choose.

The GTG Tournament Engine enables golf group captains to define a large variety of golf tournaments, and supports gross, net, Stableford and Quota scoring, and USGA, Callaway, and Peoria handicapping. A golf captain can define multiple tournament events for a single round, and/or implement tournaments such as Ryder Cups that span multiple rounds. Based on the specified tournaments, and the scheduling constraints implicit in these tournaments, the GTG Tournament Engine automatically sets rules for the GTG Scheduler. The schedule generated is not only optimal in terms of players paired with everyone else about the same number of times, but is also cognizant of and conforms with the team set-up and other requirements of the selected golf competitions. According to Nick Shelness, principal software architect, “The objective of our GTG Tournament Engine is to finally give golfers a simple, fast way to run multiple golf trip competitions while masking all the complexity from the user.”, launched at the PGA Merchandise Show last month, recently introduced three product editions: Free, Pro and Genius. The Genius Edition has the complete tournament capability and includes the GTG Trip Accountant, a simple but powerful tool for tracking and allocating group expenses.

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About was founded in 2009 to introduce a new category of innovative, web-based golf travel solutions to recreational golfers, resort and golf destination managers, and PGA of America professionals. Powering these solutions is the first-time use of operations research programming and advanced mathematical algorithms applied to commercial golf scheduling and tournament design problems. The resulting low cost, online products provide benefits that greatly enhance any golf trip experience.


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