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Stroke Play

The competitor who plays the stipulated round or rounds in the fewest net strokes is the winner (Rules of Golf, 3-1). After handicap allowances are determined, apply Section 9-3c in competitions from different tees, or in competitions between men and women from the same tees.

(1) Individual Stroke Play

Allowance:

Each competitor receives his full Course Handicap. (A plus Course Handicap shall be added to the gross score to determine the net score.)


(2) Four-Ball Stroke Play

In four-ball stroke play, two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball. The lower of the partners' scores is the score for the hole .

Allowance:

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

In mixed four-ball stroke play, strokes are taken as assigned on the players' respective stroke allocation tables, and players shall play from the sets of tees designated by the committee in charge of the competition.

Example: If the men are playing the white tees and the women are playing the red tees, strokes shall be taken by the men as they are allocated from the white tees, and by the women as they are allocated from the red tees.

Note: It is recommended that Committees consider it a condition of four-ball stroke-play competitions that the Course Handicaps of the members of a side may not differ by more than eight strokes. A side with a large difference between Course Handicaps has an advantage over a side with a small Course Handicap difference. If a difference of more than eight strokes cannot be avoided, it is suggested that an additional 10 percent reduction be applied to the Course Handicaps of the members of each side with a Course Handicap range exceeding eight strokes.


(3) Total Score of Partners Stroke Play

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

Allowance:

Allow the partners full combined Course Handicaps.

Example: Player A has a Course Handicap of 12 and scores 87.

Player B, his partner, has a Course Handicap of 26 and scores 101.

The team score is: (87 - 12) + (101 - 26) = 75 + 75 == 150.


(4) Best-Ball-of-Four Stroke Play

In best-ball-of-four stroke play, four players score with their best ball at each hole.

Allowance:

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


(5) Two-Best-Balls-of-Four

In two-best-balls-of-four, four players score with their two best balls on each hole.

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

(6) Foursome Stroke Play

In foursome stroke play, partners play one ball. The partners play alternately from the teeing grounds, and alternately during the play of each hole (Rules of Golf, 29-1).

Allowance:

Allow 50 percent of the partners'combined Course Handicaps. (When selected drives are permitted, allow 40 percent.) Aplus combined Course Handicap shall be added to the gross score to determine the net score.


(7) Chapman or Pinehurst Stroke Play

In Chapman or Pinehurst stroke play, two players play as partners, each playing from the teeing ground and each playing 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 player with the lower Course Handicap is allowed 50 percent of his Course Handicap. The player with the higher Course Handicap is allowed 20 percent of his Course Handicap. Round off the total with fractions of .5 or more rounded upward.


(8) Stableford Competition

The reckoning in Stableford competitions is made by points awarded in relation to a fixed score (usually par or net par) at each hole as follows:

Pts.     Hole Played In 

0 pt.    More than one over fixed score or no score returned

1 pt.    One over fixed score           

2 pt.    Fixed score                           

3 pt.    One under fixed score         

4 pt.    Two under fixed score

5 pt.    Three under fixed score

6 pt.    Four under fixed score

The winner is the competitor who scores the highest number of points . After handicap allowances are determined, apply Section 9-3c in competitions from different tees, or in competitions between men and women from the same tees.

Allowance:

Allow full Course Handicaps, and use strokes as they are allocated on the score card.

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