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Match Play – To Post or Not to Post

The AWGA offices are inundated with member calls inquiring about all things golf. AWGA members call in with questions about everything from equipment, rules, and of course, handicapping. Members often get confused about their responsibilities and in particular in regards to posting scores. One of the more common questions the staff gets is in regards to Match Play.

A match consists of one side playing against another over a stipulated round and the game is played by holes. A hole is won by the side that holes the ball in the fewest amount of strokes. Throughout the match players will inevitably concede strokes to their opponent or will pick up because they have lost the hole. This is perfectly acceptable under the Rules of Golf as well as the rules laid out in the USGA Handicap System Manual. The topic gets a little more confusing when it comes to posting. Some players believe that since there were instances throughout the round where they didn’t hole out, they cannot post the score. This belief is incorrect. Choosing not to post these scores is not an option granted to players under the current rules.

Section 5 of the USGA Handicap System Manual defines the acceptability of scores and makes clear the instances in which players are required to post. Section 5-1c makes clear that “scores in both match play and stroke play must be posted for handicap purposes”. The section goes on to say “this includes scores made in match play, in multi-ball, or in team competitions in which players have not completed one of more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention of a hole.” When a player does not hole out a procedure called “Most Likely Score” is to be used. This is the number of strokes a player has already taken, plus the number of strokes the player believes it will take them to hole out from the spot in which they picked up more than 50% of the time. There is no limit to the number of times a player may use the Most Likely Score procedure. Additionally, the player’s Most Likely Score must not exceed the player’s maximum hole score based on their Equitable Stroke Control. Equitable Stroke Control is another mandatory procedure which sets a limit on the number of strokes a player may take on a given hole based on their Course Handicap.

The procedures laid out in the USGA Handicap System must be followed by each club that issues USGA Handicap Indexes. The purpose of the system is to enable equitable play among all golfers. Equitable play can only occur when all clubs are following the same set of rules. Therefore, it is not permissible for any licensed club to modify the rules laid out in the USGA Handicap System Manual. Get those scores posted and if your committee feels that a particular event is significant in the traditions of the club, not only does it need to be posted, it should be posted as a Tournament Score.

If you have questions feel free to contact Erin Groeneveld at 602-253-5655 or at Erin@awga.org

Annual Notice to QCLGA Members

Members of the Quail Creek Ladies’ Golf Association must post scores in the QC Pro Shop or online at www.awga.org or ghin.com for all rounds completed other than QCLGA sanctioned tournaments. The Tournament Committee will post those scores. Directions for posting are on the QCLGA website. There is no inactive season for QC so all scores on all golf courses should be posted for peer review to ensure the accuracy of handicaps. Handicaps are revised on the 1st and the 15th of each month; handicaps for each course combination are posted in the ProShop on the bulletin board. They can also be found on the computer in the Pro Shop.

Players’ responsibilities include knowledge of their handicap for the course being played, and adjusting a gross score for handicap purposes before posting.

Course Handicap Maximum Score
9 or less Double Bogey

10-19 7
20-29 8
30-39 9
40 and above 10

Posting for a casual round of golf should be done using "H" for Home if played at QC or "A" for Away if played at another course. Posting a tournament score should always be done with a "T" unless otherwise notified.

Under the USGA handicap system, it is the Handicap Committee’s responsibility to ensure that all acceptable scores for handicap purposes are posted and available for peer review. The Handicap Committee has the responsibility to post any unposted scores or incorrectly posted scores. It may adjust handicaps for any unposted scores.

If you have any questions, please contact the handicap chaiman shown under "About Us"; "Officers & Committee Members".