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COMPETITION FORMATS

For all events first please check the Member's notice board for the rules of play.


STROKE (Monthly Mug)

The score at each hole is marked on the scorecard, these scores are then totalled and the player’s full handicap is deducted. The winner is the player who finished the specified round in the fewest nett strokes. The tradition of the mug allows the winner to ask any member (only once) to fill it with their beverage of choice for the month they hold the title


PAR

In Par play, the score must be marked on the card in the same way as in stroke play, where the player has a win (+) or a half (0). The score does not need to be written in where the player has a loss (-). When a player is beaten by Par, it is customary practice that the player’s ball be picked up, therefore assisting in speeding up play. After marking the stroke score on the card, the result is marked in the column proved with a ‘+’ sign for a win, and ‘0’ for a half and a ‘-’ for a loss. At the end of the round the plus and minus signs are added and the nett result written in as so many ‘up’, ‘down’ or ‘all square’. A player is permitted his/her full stroke handicap and the strokes are taken at holes as indicated on the card. Where the handicap is more than 18, two strokes will be allowed on the number of holes that the handicap exceeds 18. These strokes will be taken in the same order as followed for the first 18 holes unless the index goes beyond 18.


STABLEFORD

The popular method of playing a Stableford Competition is for the player to take strokes at holes as in a Par Competitions, using full handicap and to score points on the nett result at each hole. At the end of the round, all points scored are added up and the player having the highest number of points is the winner. In scoring, after allowing the handicaps, a player who scores par receives 2 points, for 1 over par – 1point, for a birdie or 1 under par – 3 points, for an eagle or 2 under par – 4 points and so on. For example, a player receiving a stroke on a par 4 hole scores 4 giving him a net 3 – for this he received 3 points. A player at a par 3 hole scores a 4 but does not receive a stroke – for this he would receive 1 point.


Note: Stableford is also played as Four ball and Foursomes which are team events (two players are a team) played in a group of 4 players (hence the name), two teams of two.



RUSSIAN STABLEFORD

This is a pair’s event. The two stableford scores are multiplied together to create a team score on a hole by hole basis. For example, if one of the partners scores 2 and the other wipes the hole the result is 0 or a wipe for the pairing.



FOUR BALL BETTER BALL STABLEFORD (4BBB- Stab)

Two players play as partners throughout the hole. (Team of 2) They each play the hole individually, as though playing a normal stableford round. They may assist each other with the club selection, line of putts etc. At the completion of the hole, the player recording the highest number of points has their score entered on the card. (This must be entered so it is obvious which player's score is being recorded and include the stroke score was as well points). It is preferred each player's scores is entered in a separate column. To speed up the game, it is expected, players will pick up their ball when they are unable to better their partner’s score.



FOUR BALL COMBINED STABLEFORD

The Stableford system is used in this event and the competition is played with a partner, as in a Four Ball Better Ball Stableford event. Individual full handicaps are applied to each player and the number of points scored by each player is recorded at the end of every hole, as well as a total of aggregate score for the team. Players’ scores are totalled at the end of nine holes and compared with the aggregate score. This should balance with the total of each player’s result. Both sets of nine holes are added together to give total points for each player and an overall result. The team having the highest number of points is the winner. When marking the scorecard, note that both strokes and points should be shown.



FOURSOMES

Two players play as partners and use one ball. The partners strike off alternately from the tee and thereafter strike the ball alternately during play at each hole. Scoring is done as for a stroke round and the total is subject to deduction of half the partner’s aggregate handicaps. NOTE: If either player incurs a penalty stroke it does not alter the rotation of play. In a foursome stroke play competition which consists of more than one specified round, order of play may be changed between rounds unless the committee has lain down as a condition of play that the original order of play must be preserved throughout the competition.



CANADIAN FOURSOMES

Played as above except that both players play tee shots at every hole and afterward continue with whichever one ball they nominate as foursomes.



AMERICAN FOURSOMES

Played as above except that both players play tee shots at every hole and then play a second shot with their respective partner’s ball and afterward continue with whichever one ball they nominate as foursomes.



MIXED FOURSOMES

Mixed foursomes are played in the same manner as foursomes except that the ladies use their own tees and observe their own local rules when it is their turn to play. The committee should lay down as a condition of play whether the male or female is required to play from the first tee, and in competitions played under stroke conditions, and consisting of more than one specified round, whether this order is to be preserved.



FLAG COMPETITION

This event is an interesting and fun version of basic Stroke Play. The course is played as for a Stroke round. Players are deemed to have finished their round when they have completed a number of strokes equal to the par of the course (as shown on the scorecard), plus their stroke handicap. The first player to start in the competition carries a flag (mounted on a stick) and places it on the spot where his or her ball lies at the finish of the round. The player must mark his or her name on the flag. If the ball is in the rough, the flag should be placed on the edge of the fairway, no nearer the hole. Subsequent players, who have not finished their round when they reach the flag, should pick it up and carry it with them until their own round is completed. The flag is then replaced and their name marked on it. The player who places the flag the longest distance from the first tee is the winner. Normally this position is somewhere beyond the eighteenth green, on the first or second hole.



MATCH PLAY

In Match Play the game is played by holes, rather than calculating the total number of strokes. A hole is won by the player who holes his or her ball in the least number of strokes. The hole is said to be halved if both players complete the hole in the same score. The reckoning of holes is kept by the terms ‘holes up’, ‘all square’ and so many holes ‘to play’. A player is ‘dormie’ when there are as many holes up as there are holes remaining to be played. The match is won by the player who is leading by a number of holes, greater than the number of holes remaining. In a handicap match the lower net score wins the hole. The handicapping system in Match Play is based on the difference between the player’s stroke handicaps, so that a player on a handicap of 10 would have to give an 18 handicapper eight strokes. These strokes would be allocated on the eight holes according to the Match Play Index. Where there are more than eighteen strokes difference between handicaps, players receive two strokes per hole where applicable, using the Match Play Index. Match Play has its own set of rules, which is incorporated in The Rules of Golf. It is advisable for players to be familiar with these rules, as some of them differ from the rules covering Stroke Play.



AMBROSE COMPETITION

A team stroke event usually played by a group of 4, but can be any number. Each player plays a tee shot at each hole. The Captain then selects the best drive. All members retrieve their ball and in turn drop or place within one club length of the selected position and play their second shots. (A place when the ball is on the fairway and a drop if off the fairway or in a hazard, this will vary.) This procedure of selecting the best position continues until the ball is holed. When on the green, balls are place within a putter head length of the selected spot. This event can be played as a gross event, with each group having a spread of handicaps, or as a handicaps event where a fraction of the aggregate handicaps is used. Handicap fractions to be used for 18 holes are: 4 players – 1/8th of combined handicap, 3 players – 1/6th of combined handicap and 2 players – 1/4 of combined handicap. This handicap is then halved if the event is only 9 holes. Rules vary so check before each event. Often events require a player to record a minimum number of drives.

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