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Medal Play


Definition: "Medal play" is simply another term for "stroke play." That is, a round of golf in which the score is kept by counting strokes and totaling them.

The term "medal play" today is most likely to be heard at tournaments that begin with a round or two of stroke play before switching to match play. For example, at the U.S. Amateur or U.S. Women's Amateur, two rounds of medal play are used to whittle the field down, with the Top 64 golfers continuing on to match play. This usage of "medal play" also gives us the term "medalist."

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Also Known As: Stroke play
"The format for this tournament is medal play."

"The tournament starts with two rounds of medal play, then four rounds of match play."

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