Stroke Play or Medal
Stroke play is an 18 hole cumulative score competition where the golfer with the best overall score after 18 holes wins. In stroke play you are going up against the course and trying to out play your fellow competitors.
Stroke Play – RandA Rule 3.3
Purpose: Stroke play has specific Rules (particularly for scorecards and holing out) because:
- Each player competes against all the other players in the competition, and
- All players need to be treated equally under the Rules.
After the round, the player and the marker (who keeps the player’s score) must certify that the player’s score for each hole is right and the player must return the scorecard to the Committee.
a – Winner in Stroke Play
The player who completes allin the fewest total (including made and penalty ) is the winner.
In a handicap competition, this means the fewest total net.
See Committee Procedures, Section 5A(6) (the Terms of the Competition should say how ties will be decided)
b Scoring in Stroke Play
The player’s score is kept on his or herby the , who is either identified by the or chosen by the player in a way approved by the .
The player must use the samefor the entire , unless the approves a change either before or after it happens.
(1) Marker’s Responsibility: Entering and Certifying Hole Scores on Scorecard. After each hole during the, the should confirm with the player the number of on that hole (including made and penalty ) and enter that gross score on the .
When thehas ended:
- The must certify the hole scores on the .
- If the player had more than one , each must certify the scores for those holes where he or she was the .
(2) Player’s Responsibility: Certifying Hole Scores and Returning Scorecard. During the, the player should keep track of his or her scores for each hole.
When thehas ended, the player:
- Should carefully check the hole scores entered by the and raise any issues with the ,
- Must make sure that the certifies the hole scores on the ,
- Must not change a hole score entered by the except with the agreement or the approval, and
- Must certify the hole scores on the and promptly return it to the , after which the player must not change the .
If the player breaches any of these requirements in Rule 3.3b, the player is disqualified.
Exception – No Penalty When Breach Due to Marker Failing to Carry Out Responsibilities: There is no penalty if thefinds that the player’s breach of Rule 3.3b(2) was caused by the failure to carry out his or her responsibilities (such as the leaving with the player’s or without certifying the ), so long as this was beyond the player’s control.
See Committee Procedures, Section 5A(5) (recommendations on how to define when a has been returned).
(3) Wrong Score for a Hole. If the player returns awith a wrong score for any hole:
- Returned Score Higher Than Actual Score. The higher returned score for the hole stands.
- Returned Score Lower Than Actual Score or No Score Returned. The player is disqualified.
Exception – Failure to Include Unknown Penalty: If one or more of the player’s hole scores are lower than the actual scores because he or she excluded one or more penalty strokes that the player did not know about before returning the:
- The player is not disqualified.
- Instead, if the mistake is found before the close of the competition, the the penalty stroke(s) that should have been included in the score for that hole or holes under the Rules. will revise the player’s score for that hole or holes by adding
This exception does not apply:
- When the excluded penalty is disqualification, or
- When the player was told that a penalty might apply or was uncertain whether a penalty applied and did not raise this with the before returning the .
(4) Scoring in Handicap Competition. The player is responsible for making sure that his or her handicap is shown on the. If the player returns a without the right handicap:
- Handicap on Scorecard Too High or No Handicap Shown. If this affects the number of disqualified from the handicap competition. If it does not, there is no penalty. the player gets, the player is
- Handicap on Scorecard Too Low. There is no penalty and the player’s net score stands using the lower handicap as shown.
(5) Player Not Responsible for Adding Up Scores or Applying Handicap. Theis responsible for adding up the player’s hole scores and, in a handicap competition, applying the player’s handicap .
If the player returns aon which he or she has made a mistake in adding up the scores or applying handicap , there is no penalty for doing so.
c Failure to Hole Out
A player mustat each hole in a . If the player fails to at any hole:
- The player must correct that mistake before making a to begin another hole or, for the final hole of the , before returning the .
- If the mistake is not corrected in that time, the player is disqualified.