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Match Play 

(1) Singles Match Play

In singles match play, the match is won by the player with the lead in the number of holes greater than the number of holes left to be played.

Allowance:

The higher-handicapped player receives the full difference between the Course Handicaps of the two players; the lower-handicapped player shall play from scratch.

Example: A player with a Course Handicap of 17 shall receive four strokes from a player with a Course Handicap of 13. He receives them on the holes allocated as the first four handicap-stroke holes. 

(2) Singles Match Play vs. Par or Bogey

Bogey or par competitions are forms of competition in which play is against a fixed score at each hole. The reckoning is made as in match play. Any hole for which a competitor returns no score shall be regarded as a loss. The winner is the competitor who is most successful in the aggregate of holes .

Allowance:

The player receives his full Course Handicap.


(3) Four-Ball Match Play

In four-ball match play, two play their better ball against the better ball of two other players .

Allowance:

Reduce the Course Handicaps of all four players by the Course Handicap of the player with the lowest handicap, who shall then play from scratch. Allow each of the three other players 100 percent of the difference.

In mixed four-ball match play, strokes are taken as assigned on the players' respective stroke allocation tables. The committee in charge of the competition designates the tees to be played.


(4) Four-Ball Match Play vs. Par or Bogey

In four-ball match play vs. par or bogey, two play their better ball against par or bogey at each hole. The winner is the team who is most successful in the aggregate of holes.

Allowance:

Men-90% of Course Handicap; Women-95% of Course Handicap


(5) Total Score of Partners Match Play

Two players form a side; each plays his own ball; and the combined total of their scores for each hole is the score for the side.

Allowance:

Combine the Course Handicaps of the partners, and allow the higher-handicapped side the full difference between the sides. The lower-handicapped side shall play from scratch.


(6) Best-Ball-of-Four Match Play vs. Par or Bogey

In best-ball-of-four match play vs. par or bogey, four play their best ball against par or bogey at each hole. The winner is the team that is most successful in the aggregate of holes.

Allowance:

Men-80% of Course Handicap; Women-90% of Course Handicap


(7) Foursome Match Play

In a foursome match, two play against two and each side plays one ball. In a foursome during any stipulated round, the partners play alternately from the teeing grounds and alternately during the play of each hole .

Allowance:

Allow the higher-handicapped side 50 percent of the difference between the combined Course Handicaps of the members of each side.

(When selected drives are permitted, allow 40 percent.)


(8) Foursome Match Play vs. Par or Bogey

In foursome match play vs. par or bogey, a match is played against par or bogey. The winner is the side that is most successful in the aggregate of holes.

Allowance:

Allow 50 percent of the partners' combined Course Handicaps.

(When selected drives are permitted, allow 40 percent.)


(9) Chapman or Pinehurst Match Play

In a Chapman or Pinehurst match, two play against two. Each partner plays from the teeing ground and each plays his partner's ball for the second shot. After the second shot, partners select the ball with which they wish to score, and play that ball alternately to complete the hole.

Allowance:

The partner with the lower Course Handicap receives 50 percent of his Course Handicap. The partner with the higher Course Handicap receives 20 percent of his Course Handicap. Add the percentage allowances together before rounding, then round off the total with .5 or more rounded upward. The side with the higher Course Handicap receives the difference between the Course Handicaps of the sides. The lower-handicapped side shall play from scratch.

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