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'Par' Competitions

(Rule 21.3 Refers)

A form of stroke play that uses match play scoring where the players score (number of strokes) for a hole is awarded a plus (win), minus (lose) or half (square) by comparing the player’s score to the 'fixed target score' as explained below.

The 'fixed target score', or 'Your par' as referred below, is based on your handicap against the card's stroke play index e.g.

• If your daily handicap is 15 then you get one shot over the par rating on the card on holes with an index of 1 to 15 (for the card below holes: 2 to 6, 8, 9 & 11 to 18).

• If your daily handicap is 18 then you get a shot on every hole. 'Your par' is one over the par rating on the card for every hole.

• If playing off 25 then you get one shot on holes with an index of 1 to 18 and two shots over par on stroke holes indexed 19 to 25.

Hole Played In Score
More than one over 'Your Par' or no score returned - (Minus)
'Your Par' score 0 ('Square' or 'Halved')
Lower than 'Your Par' score + (Plus)

A player who does not hole out for any reason gets a minus. To help with the pace of play, players are encouraged to stop playing a hole when they cannot win or square a hole (i.e. their score reaches a minus).

At the end of a round, the pluses and minuses are totaled for each nine holes and for eighteen holes. An equal number of pluses and minuses cancel each other out and the result is then even or '0' and referred to as "Square". The scorecard must show the player's score (the number of strokes taken) for all holes Squared (halved) or plussed (won).

The player with the highest result (normally the most pluses) is the winner.

Sample Score card shown below.

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