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10) Track Management, also known as "course management", is something that any seasoned Tracker takes into consideration and is part of what distinguishes the GT Sherpas from the rest of the Tracking crowd.  Your most important Track Management consideration (among these options) is:
    a) How many range balls and/or X-outs are in your bag
    b) How many trips the BCC can be expected to make
    c) Pace of play, i.e. determining whether you should bring your miner's helmet to play the last two holes
    d) The "tree factor"

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11) Most Trackers breach "proper golf etiquette" on occasion, either because it may be advantageous during a match or just for the hell of it. Your preferred "breach of etiquette" is:
    a) Rolling it over in the rough or possibly the sand (if you can find it in the bunker that you're in)
    b) The "bag drop", during another player's swing
    c) "Shadow puppets" cast either over the hole or in the putting line of your opponent
    d) The "half-finished story" as your opponent approaches a shot

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12) Any outing at a Goat Track is bound to be full of errant tee shots.  When confronted with one of your own, you:
    a) Expect your caddy to find your ball reasonably quickly
    b) Look for a dead squirrel that may have dropped from the tree you hit to help narrow your search
    c) Look forward to the next shot because it provides an opportunity to demonstrate Track Acumen
    d) "'Errant tee shot?'  Based on experience, by definition that would be a shot that lands in the fairway in front of where I teed off.  What's that all about?"

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13) You've arrived a few minutes early for your match at the Goat Track and have some time to hit the practice green; you use that time to:
    a) Get an idea of the speed of the greens on the course
    b) Work on your putting stroke, stressing the importance of a consistent, pendulum-like stroke
    c) Go back to the clubhouse and grab some beers
    d) Check the inventory of balls and tees in your bag

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14) Weather (i.e. Tracking conditions) is occasionally a consideration when planning a trip to the Goat Track.  To quote Billy Bob Thornton in "Bad Santa", a movie full of great quotes, "They can't all be winners, can they?"  When confronted with potentially iffy weather on the links (7 or less on the Keneyriffic Index), your first thought when arriving at the course is:
    a) "Is the neon light lit up at the 19th?"
    b) "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"
    c) "Hey, this could be free golf today!"
    d) "Do I have a 1-iron in my bag?"

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15) Tee box divots are a common site at most courses, especially at Goat Tracks.  When standing amongst them and teeing up, your first thought is:
    a) Hey, anything that's in better shape than beachfront property in Vieques is cool with me
    b) So much grass seed, so little grass
    c) If they were a little deeper, I could stand in one and tee my ball at waist level
    d) Glad someone scraped those unsightly green spots off the tee box

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16) A lot of Trackers have "Driving Accuracy" stats that are comparable to Tiger's (i.e., less than spectacular).  For 99.99999% of us, the ability to work from the rough and other uncharted areas on (and off) the course hasn't been nearly as financially lucrative.  As a seasoned Goat Tracker, you have addressed your "driving accuracy deficiency" by:
    a) Getting a poison ivy immunization shot over the winter
    b) Stocking up on range balls and/or "x-outs"
    c) Getting LASIK sugery to improve your vision to
30/10
    d) "Deficiency, my ass!  I've got better options in the next fairway, anyway!"
    e) Buying floating golf balls

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17) Tree shots (not to be confused with "tee shots"):  when behind one of the trees that stands between your ball and the pin, you:
    b) Play it like a masse shot in billiards
    c) Move the ball away from the root
    d) Focus on the 85% that is air
    e) Imagine that you're hitting your next shot on a California Track

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18) The most important aspect of The 19th Hole is:
    a) that the light is on at the 19th
    b) that the parking lot is nearby
    c) that there's at least one micro-brew on tap
    d) that you have a good view of a finishing hole
    e) someone named "Dakota" or "Summer"
    f) none of the above

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Kudos if you scored over 40 on the back 9; if you made the complete loop and scored higher than 80 on the first pass, you are deserving of the most sincere and respectful golf clap.  In any event, if you saw your way through all of this, you probably have Tracker Potential.  Good luck in achieving it!

 

Goat Tracking Q-School:  The Back 9

If you're starting out on the back 9, great.  If you're making the turn from the Front 9, hopefully you grabbed a dog and a beer at the turn.  Time to grip it & rip it.

 

The Back 9 of the Goat Tracker Q-School Survey was completed about two years after the Front 9.  As with any 9-hole layout that adds a new 9 after the fact, the Back 9 of the GT Q-School Survey can't possibly have exactly the same feel as the original 9, but it's pretty close.  Most importantly, the questions and answers on the Back 9 are equally inane, make that thought-inspiring, as those on the Front 9.  Good Luck!