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Score cards

Posted By: Chuck Bower
Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2013, at 12:58 p.m.

In Response To: Score cards (Taper_Mike)

The scoring in golf depends upon the format and level. In typical weekend golf of a single foursome, someone keeps score and the others can ask what's up. There are many ways to compete in this casual competition and going into detail (and worse, trying to cover every possibility) doesn't seem worth it here.

In matchplay (at any level) where the goal is to defeat your opponent this round and advance in the bracket (like BG, tennis, etc.) then both players (or both twosomes if it's that form of competition) keep a running record of the lead (e.g. "player/team A ahead by 2 holes"). Here, though, away-scoring is relevant, e.g. "2 up with 3 to play". (I doubt it's against the rules to write it down that way.)

"Medal play" (total strokes for the entire tournament) is the common form for television audiences watching the big boys and girls. A player keeps his/her own score plus one other player (assigned at the beginning of the round) but since what's relevant is how each player is positioned with respect to the entire field, one's own scorecard isn't likely to tell you much. Each playing group has a scoreboard bearer who walks along and shows the scores relative to par of the players in that particular group. There are also scoreboards around the course that show the (hole by hole with net above/below par) of those performing best in the tournament. So players, if they're even concerned about where they stand WRT the field, prefer to look at those.

Now if we could just get enough home audience interest to televise BG in the US....

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