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How to Mark a Golf Scorecard

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Match Play vs. Par or Bogey (and Using Handicaps)
Golf Scorecard - Match Play vs. Par or Bogey

Marking the scorecard when playing match play vs. par or bogey (also shown: match play using handicaps).

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Match play vs. par or bogey describes a match in which you are playing not against a fellow golfer, but against par itself, or bogey itself. In our example above, the match is against par. This means that if you par the hole, you've halved; if you birdie, you've won the hole (because you beat par), and if you bogey you've lost the hole (because par beat you). This is a good game to play when you're on the course by yourself.

It's common in a match play vs. par, or match play vs. bogey, match to use a system of pluses, minuses, and zeros to denote holes won, lost, or tied, respectively. You can use this system of denoting a match play scorecard at all times, if you prefer it to the AS, +1, and -1 method described on the previous page.

Write down a zero (0) if the hole is halved; a plus sign (+) if you win the hole; a minus sign (-) if you lose the hole. At the end of the round, count up the pluses and minuses to get the overall result (if you have two more pluses than minuses, then you beat par or bogey by a score of 2-up).

Note that we've included a second row on the scorecard above, showing that this match against par was played using handicaps. Apply the same techniques for handicap use as we saw back on the page about stroke play with handicaps. When handicaps are in play, it's your net score (the score that results after you've deducted any allowed handicap strokes) on a given hole that determines if you've won or lost the hole.

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