X. Games and Matches
1. Stroke Play (also called Medal
In stroke play you add up your
score for each hole and the total is your gross score. If you are playing
with handicaps then you subtract your handicap from your gross score to
obtain your net score. The winner is the player with the lowest gross or
Low gross — no adjustment for handicap,
low score wins
Low net — subtract your handicap, low
2. Match Play
Two golfers play head to head
and the winner is the player who wins the most holes. A hole is won when
one player holes out in fewer strokes than his opponent. The total number
of strokes for the round does not matter. It is possible to win a match
play competition with a total stroke score higher than your opponent.
In handicapped match play each player determines
the number of handicap strokes he is entitled to. The difference between
the players” handicaps is how many strokes the player with the higher handicap
is entitled to. These strokes are awarded on the holes with the more difficult
hole handicaps. For example, Player X is entitled to 5 strokes and Player
Y is entitled to 8 stokes. Player Y receives the difference of 3 strokes,
which will be applied on the 1, 2 and 3 handicap holes of the course.
Points are allocated based on
the net score of each hole. Handicaps are allocated based on the index
of each hole. You deduct the allocated handicap per hole from the score
on the hole and the points are allocated against the equivalent net score
for the hole. The exact points that are allocated may vary. This scoring
system is used by the PGA Tour at the Sprint International.
This refers to a team event which
may comprise 2, 3 or 4 players. Each player will have his/her stroke allowance
and the lowest net score would be recorded at each hole. The total for
the complete round would be the team's best-ball score. When a team consists
of 2 players the game is known as “Better Ball”.
Normally a team of 4. Each player
tees off at each hole and then the team selects the ball that is in the
best position and ALL play from that spot. This repeats for all shots until
the hole is finished. Scores from scrambles should NOT be posted for handicap
6. Foursome/Alternate Shot
A foursome consists of 2 teams
of 2 players. Each team plays one ball, with each player on that team alternating
shots. One player will tee off at all the odd numbered holes and the other
at the even numbered holes, no matter who was the last player to play on
the previous hole. For example, Player A tees off, Player B hits the 2nd
shot, Player A putts and misses, Player B putts and holes out. Player B
then tees off at the next hole. Scores from foursomes should NOT be posted
for handicap purposes.
Similar to stableford as far as
the allocated shots are concerned but you either win, halve or lose the
hole (+ 0 -). It”s a little tougher, as anything worse than a net par is
a loss. At the end you add up your wins against your losses.
Teams consist of 2 players. Each
player hits a tee shot. They then each play a second shot using their partner's
ball. At this point, they select the best ball and the player who did not
hit it plays, alternating shots until the ball is holed (only the first
two shots are hit by both players). Scores from Chapman rounds should
NOT be posted for handicap purposes.
Teams consist of 2 players. Pinehurst
is similar to the Chapman format, except that each player hits a drive,
and the best drive is then chosen and players alternate in from there.
Unlike the Chapman, players do not BOTH hit second shots from their partners”
drives. Do not post scores from Pinehurst matches for handicap purposes.
Teams consist of 4 players. The
best and worst scores are counted (net or gross).
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