I'm afraid I agree with your mate, points should be shared across those in a tie. Count back only needs to be used where prizes cannot be shared e.g.trophies3 pals and I play a little league each year, playing a round at each other’s course and points allocated for 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th. All very friendly, the winner gets the trophy and a few quid.
We play strokeplay, no handicaps. In the last round 3 of scores exactly the same and so we went with countback to decide the points. The chap who ‘won’ wasn’t happy with it and said he’d feel better if the total points were shared, but the rest of us said to stick to countback. It did feel a bit annoying as we’d essentially played exactly the same but in a different order.
Got me thinking, wouldn’t it be fairer to see who scores better on the hardest holes, start at SI1 and work back from there? Am I missing an obvious flaw?
It was/is only a recommendation not an obligation. The procedure is full of 'may's and 'should's but no 'must's.It is precisely for that reason that until a few years ago Grims Dyke used to resolve ties by using exact handicap. Then some interfering busybody pointed out that it didn't conform to the recommendation from England Golf (or it might have been CONGU, not sure which), so they switched to countback.