COMPETITIONS AND HOW THEY ARE PLAYED
These notes are only
intended to assist in the general concept of how various handicap
competitions are played. They must be read in conjunction with the
Rules of Golf.
The score of each hole is entered on the score card, totalled and
the player's full handicap deducted. The player who completes the
round with the least strokes is the winner.
PAR AND STABLEFORD
(See Rule 32)
Determine each holes 'Calculated Par'
Using the 'Stroke Index' from the scorecard, firstly allocate your
handicap to determine each holes 'calculated par'.
For example, a player on a handicap of 10 will add one shot to the
'par' value of each hole with a stroke index of 10 or less.
On each of these holes a par 4 would become a 'calculated par' 5
for that player. (a par 3 would become a calculated par 4)
A player with a handicap greater than 18 will receive 2 shots on
the number of holes calculated by subtracting 18 from their handicap.
For example, a player with a handicap of 21 will receive 2 shots
on three holes. (21 - 18 = 3). They will receive one shot on the
other 15 holes.
For the three holes they receive 2 shots on, (i.e. the holes with
a stroke index of 1, 2 and 3) a par 4 would become a 'calculated
Scoring for STABLEFORD
Players who exceed their
calculated par by two strokes receive no points and wipe the hole.
A score of one stroke over your calculated 'par' will result in
If you make your calculated 'par' you will score two points.
A score of one stroke better than your calculated par will result
in three points.
A score two strokes better than your calculated par will result
A score three strokes better than your calculated par will result
in five points (and so on).
Scoring for PAR
A hole is either won,
lost or halved. Once again this is determined by comparing your
actual strokes against your 'calculated par'.
If you make your calculated 'par', you will halve the hole. - a
0 (zero) or a small square is recorded in the scorecards result
If you score better than your calculated par you will 'win' the
hole. A '+' (plus) is recorded in the scorecards result column.
If you score more than your 'par', you will 'lose' the hole. A '-'
(minus) is recorded in the scorecards result column.
BALL-BEST BALL PAR OR STABLEFORD
These competitions are played by two players competing as partners.
Each player plays his own ball. Handicaps and scoring as for Par
or Stableford as previously described, except that only the better
score of the pair is recorded on the card, together with that players
initials. When score are equal, the ball holed first is recorded.
BALL-WORST BALL PAR OR STABLEFORD
are played by two players competing as partners. Each player plays
his own ball. Handicaps and scoring as for Par or Stableford as
previously described. The WORST score of the pair is recorded on
the card, together with that players initials. When score are equal,
the ball holed last is recorded.
Played with a partner and both players tee off on all holes. The
players then decide together which ball is in the best position
and the other ball is taken out of play.
If Player A hit the selected ball from the tee, then Player B will
hit the next shot or vice versa. Play continues on an alternate
basis until the hole is completed, and for each hole thereafter.
Incurring a penalty shot does not affect the order of play. The
handicap of each team is calculated by halving the aggregate of
team members' individual handicaps.
Played in pairs with one ball in play. Players strike the ball alternately
during each holes play. The partners must tee off from alternate
tees. (Player A tees off on the odd numbered holes, Player B tees
off on the even numbered holes.)
Players play alternate
shots during the hole. Penalty strokes do NOT affect the order of
play. Scoring is done as for a stroke round and the total is subject
to a deduction of half the partners' aggregate handicaps
Played with one or more
partners. Each player tees off and the best shot is selected and
its position marked. Each player in the team then places the ball
within one score cards width of the marked position. The team may
play in any order. The ball selected to play may be lifted, cleaned
and placed once its position has been marked. If on the green, the
balls are to be placed within one putter head of the marker.
Number of drives required
by each player:
Teams of 4, divide by 8
Teams of 3, divide by 6
Teams of 2, divide by 4
4 Ball Stableford Event
Both players should record their individual score and their stableford
points on the card. The teams overall result for the hole is determined
by multiplying these two stableford points .The teams overall result
is also to be recorded on the card.
Player A has 4 (strokes) 2 (points)
Player B has 3 for 3
Teams has 2 x 3 = 6 stableford points
The card would thus appear : 4-2 3-3 6
In Match Play, the game
is played in holes. A hole is won by the player or side that holes
the ball in fewer strokes. In a handicap match the lower nett score
wins. The score is kept by the term "holes up", "holes
down" or "all square".
A hole is halved if each side/player holes out in the same number
of strokes or the same nett score.
A player/side may concede a hole or a match at any time prior to
the conclusion of the hole or the match. Concession of a stroke,
hole or match may not be declined or withdrawn.
A match is won by the player/side when the number of holes "up"
is greater than the number of holes remaining to be played.
Chris McManus Memorial Match Play Championship Qualification Details
An individuals single
best net score from any of the first three monthly medals will be
used as their qualifying score.
Scratch Events-A match which ends all square, shall be continued
hole by hole from the hole where the match began, until one side
wins a hole
Handicap Events-As in scratch events, but with strokes being
allowed as if the match has been recommenced.
In handicap Match Play, the method of ascertaining handicap is that
the lowest marker, in any particular match, goes back to scratch
and then give the other player or players the difference in their