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This next ruling again covers slightly different formats and scoring formats of the way to play the game. It covers a Stableford format which is a very popular format particular in the UK, and I am guessing in the States as well play quite a lot of Stableford format. The benefits of Stableford, but also the bogey and par formats covered in this rule. It basically means that you can't knock up a massive score on the first few holes and then ruin the weekend. There's nothing worse as a golfer than looking forward to the Saturday competition all day making twelve down the first hole.

And then pretty much root in the rest of your round because you'll never recover from a twelve. So think about a bogey and a par competition. It's effectively like playing match play against the golf course. And that if you do better than your expected handicap score on that one hole, you win the hole. If you match the expected handicap score in a hole, you tie the hole and if you go over your expected handicap score, then you lose the hole. But you can only lose the hole by one at a time. You can't lose the hole by ten.

So the worst score you could get is a minus one, like well the best score you can get is a plus one. It's like playing match play against your expected score on the golf course. So we might call out your net score, so as an eighteen handicapper, you get eighteen shots allocated to you, that's one per hole. So on the first if it's a par four you'd be expected to make a five and a net four. So if you make a net four on a hole you halve the hole against a golf course. If you make a gross fall that's a net three, you win. You go one up. And if you make a gross six, that's a net five, that's one over the par. So you lose the hole so you would go one down.

But if you make a twelve, that's a net eleven which is like five over, or did I say it was par four. So it's six -- seven over -- seven over the par, you only lose by one hole. So you don't actually lose a massive advantage if you are playing that bogie, that par format. A Stableford format, slightly different, similar in a way but slightly different. In a Stableford format, your net score is converted into points. So if you have a net par on a hole, you get two points for that. If you have a net bogey you only get one point. Now double bogey, no points. Now triple bogey, no points.

Now quadruple bogey, no point. So again you can't get worse than losing the two shots you should have had. But you can get better than the two points you should have had. If you make a net birdie, you get three points, a net eagle you get four points and an albatross or on double eagle you get five points. So you can have more points. You can have less points but you can't get less than zero. So in a Stableford format, if you played an average round of golf level to your handicap you'd expect two points per hole, thirty six in total.

A good score that would often win a club competition, 40-41-42 on a good day. And on a tough day, something like 32-33 points might be an average score if the weather's not great. But with the bogey and the par competition if you play an average around of golf level to your handicap, you'd expect to be evens, all square with the golf course at the end. If you've had a good day you might plus four, plus five up the match against a golf course. And if you've had a bad day you’d be three or four down something of that nature. Again interesting rule covers some interesting formats of the game of golf and means that you can't have an absolute massive blow up on the first hole which would ruin your round. And hopefully playing Stableford or bogey or par competitions just makes the game a little bit more fun.