In Chicago, golfers start with negative points; in a Quota tournament golfers start with positive points. In Chicago, the goal is to gain points throughout the round in order to get back into positive numbers. In Quota, the goal is to reach 36 total points (or 39 - the specifics can vary depending on who is running the tournament).
In Quota, each golfer starts with points that match his handicap. If the handicap is 3, the golfer starts with three points. If the handicap is 26, the golfer starts with 26 points. This starting point total is the quota.
So the goal is to get from your starting quota to 36 (or 39) by adding points thusly:
- Bogeys - 1 point
- Pars - 2 points
- Birdies - 4 points
- Eagles - 8 points
The winner of a Quota Tournament is the golfer who exceeds the target score (36 or 39) by the greatest amount. If nobody hits the target, the winner is the golfer coming closest.