SweetSpot Help
For SandBagger

The SandBagger
Even if you don't plan on using the free SandBagger (Personal Edition), installing it will give you access to a great deal of information about organizing social or company golf tournaments. The help files in the SandBagger provide comprehensive information about using the application, as well as general information about golf tournament management. There are a number of guides available from the Help and Support screen in the application, including the following:

    The Application Guide:  This guide provides comprehensive information about the application and
              includes instructions about downloading, using and troubleshooting it as well as a Product Sheet,
              a files list and the EULA. This guide is also available at the Downloads page here.
    The User Help Guide:  This guide is a compilation of all the help files available in the application, and
              includes background, use, tips, reference and possible handicapping options information.
    The Novice Checklist:   For those of you new to social or company tournament management, this
              guide includes a description of the steps needed to completely manage your tournament.

This application has literally hundreds of option combinations to handle just about any situation you encounter, including holding single or multi-competition events over one or more days. There are lots of tournament packages available for purchase in the market, but we don't know of any (especially free ones) that come even close to the capabilities of the SandBagger. As well as including all the features you would expect of a tournament management package, some of the capabilities that differentiate this application give you the ability to:

     >  Send emails from within the application to any players/participants
     >  Assign customized payment options to each player/participant, capture their
          tournament payments and print or email receipts
     >  Assign and print option and prize draw reports and tickets for players/participants
     >  Create and manage hole and score competition prize lists
     >  Use OMR cards to enter player scores if desired
     >  Secure the application with a password if needed

Got a question about organizing your tournament (or any social or company golf tournament), or do you need help or wish to give us feedback about your experience with the SandBagger application? Send it to us using the Contact Us button (or the Chat button when chat is online) .
Installation Prerequisites SweetSpot free applications must be installed on a PC and will only work without problems:

            > With an installed  copy of Windows 8 or newer
            > With an installed 32 Bit version of Access 2013 or newer
            > Installed on a hard drive on your PC

If you have a version of Office installed, before attempting to install the SandBagger be sure it is a 32 Bit version - a 64 Bit version will not work! You CAN try to use Windows 7 and/or Access 2007 or 2010 (with SP1) installed, but be prepared for a problem sooner or later. The reason for this is because older versions of Windows and Access are no longer supported by Microsoft and are considered obsolete. Also, you cannot install this application on removable memory, and only on a LAN drive with an appropriate Access version already installed on your LAN server.

We are often asked why our free apps will not work using a 64 bit version of Office - Access in this version is intended for use with very large complex database applications that require full 64 Bit data management, and is quite different from the 32 Bit version in the way it processes application code. Since almost all users of our applications will never need this processing capability, we will not be offering apps that can use it. If you are using 64 Bit Office 365 (and NOT an MSI version), we recommend you consider uninstalling it and installing the 32 bit version instead before attempting to install the SandBagger - the average user will never see a performance difference! However, you may have serious problems trying to do this with an Access MSI version installed (thank you Microsoft).

The current download packages available at this website replace all pre-2021 installation packages - all included files have been virus checked by Virus Total and then code signed. As this website is also protected with an SSL certificate, it is safe to download and us
e them.
If you have any problems with a download, see the Windows Download Security section below.
Windows Download Security All current Microsoft operating systems use a SmartScreen security process which checks every file new to your PC for potential risks, and that includes .exe file downloads such as those from this site. For free applications, it is not practical for us to go through a Microsoft certificating process (very costly) which would allow these free downloads to pass without warning. In any case, you should always be satisfied the files you are downloading are from a reputable source. However, if you do have a reputable virus protection software package (such as McAfee)  installed on your PC, you can also be sure it will check every file you attempt to use for a safety issue.

For as long as ICSE has been in business, we have never had a virus issue with any of our products! When downloading a file (such as one available above) and depending on your browser and its update status, you may encounter one of several different blocking options in the download taskbar.

To keep and use the SweetSpot download:
     >  If you are asked what to do with the download, just select "Open";  If  you see a "Keep" option, select that;
     >  If the download is blocked you may see a blocking screen or three option dots  ("...") - 
          each will give you an  option to keep the download and continue.

After download completes and you try to run a downloaded program file, you may then see the a SmartScreen "Windows protected your PC"  screen.
     >  If a blue screen, click on "More Information" and then "Run Anyway";
     >  If you see a different screen, you will see an option to run the file anyway - find and click that.

Older browsers and those that have not been recently updated may have a variation of these actions - if you are having a problem figuring out what to do, contact us using the button above (or Chat when it is online) and we will try to sort it out for you.
History The SandBagger's roots go back a long way, long before our company was created in 1994. In 2020, it had been 35 years since we created the first golf tournament software application, and we released the first version of the SandBagger to the public in 1995. This initial DOS version used Paradox© 3.5 as its processing engine, and did not even offer mouse support!

Over the years we have migrated it through several versions of Paradox© and MS Access©, publishing the first true Windows version in 1997. Our goal over the last ten years has been to create and make available a free PC application that will support as many social and company tournament setups as is practical. Since releasing the first free copy in 2010, the free SandBagger has undergone literally hundreds of changes, primarily to expand its capabilities in response to user requests and to make it as trouble free and as user friendly as possible. To accommodate the changes we have had to build on and modify legacy code, and the application code has grown exponentially to currently over 15 000 lines. These changes have also resulted in numerous updates to the application, and we have greatly appreciated  our users' patience.

As well as dealing with anomalies when building on legacy code, using MS Access as the processing engine has presented many challenges, mainly because of that company's ongoing evolution of it's Office and operating system products. With a lot of legacy code still in the application, we continue to frequently audit operation, make adjustments as needed and issue updates.
About ICSE
ICSE Group Inc. was incorporated in 1994 as an engineering consulting company supporting automation efforts in the Oil and Gas Industry. SweetSpot Software was added as a registered division to separate software development efforts from day to day engineering work. In 2015 the company ceased engineering work but has continued software development, with plans to cease operation entirely in 2022. However, we will support the SandBagger as long as we can after that.
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