Competition Definitions

Medal
The ball has to be holed out on every hole, returning a gross score at the end of the round. The competition winner, as determined by the Organising Committee, will usually be the player returning the lowest nett score but for some competitions it will be the lowest gross score.

Application of player's handicap – nett score                            
A player's playing handicap is deducted from the gross score achieved at the end of the round to calculate the player's nett score. (eg gross score 84 – playing handicap 14 = 70 nett.)

Stableford
Points are scored on a hole by hole basis using the handicap and the stroke index of each hole.  The par score for each hole is as follows: 
  • Two strokes or more over Par = 0 points
  • One stroke over Par = 1 point
  • Par = 2 points
  • One stroke under Par (Birdie) = 3 points
  • Two strokes under Par (Eagle) = 4 points
  • Three strokes under Par (Albatross) = 5 points
Application of player's handicap
To calculate the points scored on each hole, additional strokes as determined by the player's handicap are added to the player's par score for the hole. The number of strokes to be added and the holes on which they are to be added are determined by the stroke index allocated to the hole. A player will receive one additional shot for each hole where the stroke index is equal to or less than the player's handicap.
  • Handicap 16 - One shot added to the par score on holes with stroke index 1 to 16.
  • Handicap 18 - One shot per hole. 
In addition, where a player's handicap is more than 18, they will receive a further shot for each hole where the stroke index is equal to or less than the difference between their handicap and 18. For example:
  • Handicap 25 - One shot added to the par score on holes with stroke index 1 to 18, plus one further shot added on holes with stroke index 1 to 7.
  • Handicap 32 – One shot added to the par score on holes with stroke index 1 to 18 plus one further shot added on holes with stroke index 1 to 14.
Once the par score has been determined as above the points are calculated accordingly. For example:
  • Handicap 16 – Gross score 5 on par four stroke index 12 = Nett par and 2 points
  • Handicap 32 – Gross score 5 on par four stroke index 12 = Nett Birdie and 3 points.
The Competition winner will be the player who scores most points over the eighteen holes.

Par
Par golf is an alternative to Medal and Stableford scoring, and players record either a minus, a plus or a zero for each hole. A minus is recorded where a player scores above their nett par for the hole; a plus is recorded where a player scores below their nett par for the hole, and a zero is recorded where a player scores their nett par for the hole. The single minus and plus recordings apply even when a player scores better than one shot above or below their nett par.  This system is based on matchplay using your handicap shots against the course. The aim is to achieve more pluses and zeroes than minuses. The gross score must be entered on the card if a plus or zero has been recorded. 

Foursomes Competitions.
These competitions are played in the Pairs or Mixed Pairs format and may be scored as either a Medal or Stableford. The handicap applied to each pair will be set by the rules of each individual competition. 

One player from each pair will tee off on the even holes and the other on the odd holes. After the tee shot the other player in the pair will play the next shot, then alternate shots are played until the hole is concluded.

Greensomes Competitions.
These Competitions are also played in the Pairs or Mixed Pairs format, and may be scored as either a Medal or Stableford. The handicap applied to each pair will be set by the rules of each individual competition.

Both players from each pair tee off on each hole, choose the ball they wish to play, and the player whose tee shot is not selected plays the next shot, then alternate shots are played until the hole is concluded.

Four Ball, Better Ball, Match Play.
These Competitions are played in the Pairs or Mixed Pairs format. The lowest handicap player plays off scratch (ie- receives no strokes against the course). The other players are allowed additional strokes calculated at 90% of the difference between the scratch player's handicap and their own. These additional strokes are used according to the stroke index of each hole. The player with the better score of each pair at any hole matches against the best scoring player of the opposing pair to win, halve or lose the hole for his/her team.

Texas Scramble
A Texas Scramble consists of teams of three or four players.  It is normally a Stableford competition with the team's handicap set by the rules of the competition.  All players may tee off on each hole although there is usually a requirement for a minimum number of each team member's drives to count.  The team then chooses the ball they wish to play.  The team members whose shots are not selected then play the next shot and so on until the hole is concluded.

GENERAL POINTS
Before commencing your round:
  • Read the Local Rules on the score card and the web site/notice boards. Local Rules specific to Hoebridge will change from time to time, eg when “Winter Rules” apply.
  • Put an identification mark on your ball – if you cannot identify your ball, it is considered lost.
  • Count your clubs – you are allowed a maximum of 14.
  • At the end of your round, check that your score card records the same number of shots per hole as you have recorded on the card you have been marking.
  • Remember to sign your card.  For most competitions you should then enter your score on the PSI terminal in the pro shop.
  • Finally, place your card in the appropriate post box near the notice boards.

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