MEDAL: The actual number of shots played per hole is recorded on the scorecard.
Gross Medal: The total number of shots played for the complete round (normally 18 holes)
Nett Medal: The total number of shots played for the complete round minus your handicap
The Individual or team with the lowest total in both cases are the winners.
I have just read the explanation below and even I'm confused. In a nut shell - say your handicap is 10, then you would score 3 points for a birdie, 2 for par, 1 for bogie and zero for anything worse on holes with a stoke of 11 to 18.
In the above example - on holes with a stroke of 10 or less, then you'd score 4 points for a birdie, 3 for par, 2 for bogie, 1 for double bogie and zero for anything worse. (If you don't get this read on and get more confused)
Stableford is a points scoring system which is linked to both your handicap and the individual par rating of each hole.
All holes on a golf course (18 holes) are rated from (Stroke) 1-18 in accordance with their level of difficulty.
Should your handicap be equal or higher than the rating of the hole you deduct one shot and relate your nett score to the point chart as shown below – noting down both scores on the card. Eg. 5/2 , 4/3, etc.
Should your handicap be higher than 18, you deduct 18 from your handicap and then may deduct two shots from your score on the corresponding hole ratings
eg. Handicap 24
24 - 18 = 6
You may now deduct 2 shots from each hole rated 6 and lower (1-6) and only one shot from the remaining holes rated 7-18.
The individual or team with the highest point score are the winners.
BASIC GAMES AND SCORING PROCEDURES
As of 1st July 2007 the SAGA changed the rules regarding handicap scoring. All players are permitted a limit of 2 over par on a number of holes equal to his/her handicap and 1 over par on the remainder of holes.
Handicaps in excess of 18 are permitted 3 over par on the number of holes exceeding 18 and 2 over par on the rest.
For e.g a 20 handicap golfer must score 3 par over on the first 2 holes that they do not complete in 2 over par and then score 2 over par for the rest. Stableford – This points system was introduced to golf as a scoring method which was fair to all, gave all golfers a chance to be competitive and helped speed up play. Very simply, Stableford relates your nett score to points. If you blow out on a hole, the worst you get is 0 points. This makes for faster play as you may pick up your ball when you no longer can score any points on the hole.
MEDAL - In medal you play as many shots as it takes to complete a hole and if you pick up your ball during an individual competition you will be disqualified. For Better-Ball and Alliance medal competitions you should pick up your ball, without disqualification, as soon as your cannot better your partners score for the hole. For handicap purposes you mark your card the same method as explained above.
Example: See card below
Competition: Individual Stableford Hcap: 22
eg. A golfer with a 22 handicap, receives a shot on every hole and two shots on stroke holes marked 1-4. (see holes 6 and 9 on above scorecard)
Take your gross score – minus handicap
E.g. Par4 – score 6 – handicap 18 – subtract 1 = net 5 = 1 over par = 1 point
BETTERBALL STABLEFORD (2 Players per team)
Same as above – then take the highest points on each hole e.g. player A=5/2 and player B=4/3 = 3
ALLIANCE STABLEFORD (4 Players per team)
Best score from 4 players to count on every hole e.g. Players A= 5/2 , B=4/3 , C=5/2 , D=6/1. Player B has the best score, playing the hole in 4 shots for 3 points which is then recorded in the results column as the teams score for that hole.
The two partners Stableford Points are multiplied after each hole e.g. Player A scores 2 points and player B scores 3 points – the points are multiplied resulting in a score of 6 for the hole.
Big pressure not to get a ZERO!
Should player A score 3 points and player B score 0 the result would then be 3 x 0 = 0
EXPLANATION OF GAMES
Every shot to count, no rings (blackouts) – you must complete every hole - This is how the pro's play most tournaments! eeeish!!
Each player for himself. Play until you cannot score a point, then pickup. Ring blow out holes
2 Players per team. Take the best score/points on each hole and enter in result in column.
4 Players combine as a team. Check the format – best 2 scores normally count on all holes etc.
Each player in the 4 ball tees off and the best shot is chosen. All players then drop at the best shot and play their second shot from there. (This is quite popular for golf days as it speeds up play, but a golfer cannot use this score for handicap purposes)