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The Callaway System of One Round Golf Handicapping

While the S.A.G.A. handicapping system remains the approved method for determining basic player handicaps, it does not provide the answer to the problem of determining fair allowances for convention and resort tournaments or 'golf days' which attracts novice or occasional players. The Callaway System is one answer to this handicapping problem.

Under this method, a player's handicap is determined after each round by deducting from his gross score for the first 18 holes the scores of the worst individual holes during the first 16 holes of the round.

The table below shows the number of 'worst holes' the player may deduct and the adjustment to be made, based on his gross score. For instance, if his gross score for 18 holes is 96, he may deduct the total of his worst three scores on holes 1 - 16, inclusive. Thus if he has one 9, one 8, and a 7, his handicap totals 24. From this total a further plus or minus adjustment is made according to the adjustments indicated at the bottom of each column. For a gross score of 96, the adjustment requires a deduction of 2 strokes, resulting in a final handicap of 22. Thus 96 - 22 handicap = 74 nett score for this player.

SCORE

DEDUCT

 . 65 66 67  .   Scratch - no adjustment
68 69 70 71 72   Scratch - no adjustment
73 74 75  .  .   ½ worst hole and adjustment
76  77  78  79  80   1 worst hole and adjustment
81 82 83 84 85   1½ worst hole and adjustment
86 87 88 89 90   2 worst hole and adjustment
91 92 93 94 95   2½ worst hole and adjustment
96 97 98 99 100   3 worst hole and adjustment
101 102 103 104 105   3½ worst hole and adjustment
106 107 108 109 110   4 worst hole and adjustment
111 112 113 114 115   4½ worst hole and adjustment
116 117 118 119 120   5 worst hole and adjustment
121 122 123 124 125   5½ worst hole and adjustment
126 127 128 129 130   6 worst hole and adjustment
-2 -1 0 +1 +2   Adjustment ... add or deduct from handicap
Note:
- No hole must be scored at more than twice its par, record 7 on a par 3 as 6
- Half strokes count as whole
- The seventeenth and eighteenth holes are never deducted
- In case of ties, lower handicaps or adjustment should be given preference
 
 

The Stableford System of Golf Scoring

This system is designed to speed up play and participants must have a golf handicap ( else use ).

Stableford is a points system and uses a hole's difficulty index. This index is present on the scorecard and has been determined by the experts. The most difficult hole on the course is index 1 and the easiest is index 18. Index 1 may well apply to a very long par 4 which, some players may suggest should be a par 5.

When you have played 8 shots on any hole you cannot score points and should pick up your ball.

Apply the rule in the table below (after 'putting out' on each hole) to calculate your nett for that hole.

Handicap

Subtract 2 shots where index is

Subtract 1 shot where index is

36

1 - 18

 

35

1 - 17

18

34

1 - 16

17 - 18

33

1 - 15

16 - 18

32

1 - 14

15 - 18

31

1 - 13

14 - 18

30

1 - 12

13 - 18

29

1 - 11

12 - 18

28

1 - 10

11 - 18

27

1 - 9

10 - 18

26

1 - 8

9 - 18

25

1 - 7

8 - 18

24

1 - 6

7 - 18

23

1 - 5

6 - 18

22

1 - 4

5 - 18

21

1 - 3

4 - 18

20

1 - 2

3 - 18

19

1

2 - 18

1 - 18

no adjustment

 

Then apply the following points depending on your nett.

Awarded for

Points

  2 over nett par

0

  1 over nett par

1

  nett par

2

  1 under nett par

3

  2 under nett par

4

 

... etc

 

For example

A player on 24 handicap takes 7 strokes on the par 4, 13th hole which has an index of 3 on this particular course.
The index value of 3 means he takes 2 off his score giving him nett 5.
This is 1 over par for the hole so he scores 1 Stableford point on that hole.

At the end of the game the highest number of point wins.

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