Scorecard Procedures

We ask every group playing in ORLGA competitive events to keep 2 scorecards for golf rounds. The first will be kept by ORLGA for the year-round ringers competition, and as the official tournament scorecard. The second scorecard kept as a backup scorecard will be the handicap scorecard.

Tournament/Ringers Scorecards should be printed clearly and include:

  1. First and last names
  2. Gross scores for each hole played, totals for front and back 9 holes and total for 18 holes
  3. Any additional scores (i.e., 2 net scores, 3 net scores) as requested by tournament chairpersons
  4. Date of play
  5. Signatures of scorer and attesting player
  6. Circled scores of any player who had a birdie, chip-in, chip-in birdie, eagle, or hole-in-one with the corresponding event written near the circled hole
  7. Circled total score of any player who breaks 100, 90, 80, or 70 for the first time in ORLGA competition with the corresponding event written near the 18-hole total
  8. Adjusted scores, if necessary, for each hole using the "Adjustments to Hole Scores" described below
  9. Return scorecard to the tournament chairperson at the end of the round

Handicap scorecards should be submitted for every round of golf played whether at home or away.

We ask every lady playing a round of golf, whether it be a competitive round, a casual round, or 9 holes, to submit a scorecard for handicapping purposes and post the correct score for handicap calculation. For Club 25 and North Strand Ladies Interclub competitions, our representative for each of these groups will determine if scores should be posted for handicapping as "tournament" scores and will communicate this information to participants in these events. Scorecards for rounds played outside OR contain specific slope and course rating values requested when posting these outside scores. The OR Club Championship should be entered as a "tournament" score. All other ORLGA competition should not be entered as tournament scores unless directed by the chairperson of the event to enter the score as a tournament score.

Handicap scorecards should be printed clearly and include:

  1. First and last names
  2. Name or color of tees played (for Panther’s Run and Lion's Paw, name a color; for Tiger's Eye, use the tee name, Caspian or Tigress). If you have players in your foursome playing from different tees, you should identify tees played for each.
  3. If you decide before playing that you are going to play a practice round and are not posting your score in the computer for handicapping analysis, write "PRACTICE" on the scorecard.
  4. Adjusted scores, if necessary, for each hole using the "Adjustments to Hole Scores" described below and totals for front and back 9 holes and total for 18 holes
  5. Date of play
  6. Signatures of scorer and attesting player
  7. Place this scorecard in the box located on the side of the handicap computer at Lion's Paw / Panther's Run Pro Shop

ADJUSTMENTS TO HOLE SCORES**

Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes

A player who starts, but does not complete a hole or is conceding a stroke must record for handicap purposes the "most likely score". The most likely score may not exceed the player’s Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) limit. An "X" should precede this most likely score. There is no limit to the number of unfinished holes to which you can apply the most likely score; however, you must complete 13 holes for an 18-hole round (7 holes for a 9-hole round).

Example 1: Sue and Pat are partners in a four-ball stroke play competition playing the 5th hole. Sue has an equitable stroke control limit of 7. Sue lies 4, fourteen feet from the pin. Pat lies 4, twenty feet from the pin. Pat holes the putt for a 5. Sue picks up her ball on the hole, because Sue cannot better the score of 5 by her partner. Now, Sue's most likely score for the hole with 2 putts would be a 6, not above her equitable stroke control limit. Sue should record an X6 on the scorecard because that is her most likely score.



Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F9
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5  
Sue 6 5 7 5 X6          
Pat 5 3 5 7 5          


Example 2:
Sue and Pat are partners in a four-ball stroke play competition playing the 5th hole. Sue has an equitable stroke control limit of 7. Sue lies 6, 14 feet from the pin. Pat lies 5, 20 feet from the pin. Pat holes the putt for a 6. Sue picks up her ball on the hole, because Sue cannot better the score of 6 by her partner. Now, Sue's most likely score for the hole with 2 putts would be an 8; but her ESC limit is 7. Sue should record X7 on the scorecard because the most likely score may not exceed the player's ESC.

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F9
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5  
Sue 6 5 7 5 X7          
Pat 5 3 5 7 6          


Holes Not Played

If a player does not play a hole or plays it other than under The Rules of Golf (except for preferred lies and tournament special rules), the score recorded for that hole for handicap purposes must be par plus and handicap strokes the player in entitled to receive on that hole. This hole score, when recorded, should be preceded by an "X".

This procedure should be used to record scores for any remaining holes if you have completed at least 13 holes in an 18-hole round or have completed at least 7 holes in a 9-hole round.

Example: Mae is playing in a stroke play competition and lightning strikes before she hits her tee shot on the 16th hole. She quits. Mae is entitled to 2 handicap strokes on hole 16 which is a par 5, 1 handicap stroke on hole 17, a par 3 and 1 handicap stroke on hole 18, a par 4. Mae must record X7 for hole 16 (par + 2 = 7), X4 on hole 17 (par + 1 = 4) and X5 for hole 18 (par + 1 = 5) as shown below.

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F9
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5  
Hndcp Strokes ⋅⋅ ⋅⋅ ⋅⋅ ⋅⋅  
Mae 6 5 6 5 8 4 4 5 7 50


Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 B9 Total
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4    
Hndcp Strokes ⋅⋅ ⋅⋅ ⋅⋅    
Mae 5 3 6 8 4 5 X7 X4 X5 47 97

Using Equitable Stroke Control (ESC):

The intent of ESC is to make each score posted more representative of your potential or ability, and is a downward adjustment of a player's score on a hole for accurate handicapping purposes. Handicaps determined from scores to which ESC has not been applied may not be termed a "Handicap Index".

ESC is used when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds a maximum number based on the table below for the player's course handicap from the tees played. There is no limit to the number of individual hole scores on which ESC reduction may be made.

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC)

Course Handicap Maximum Number on any Hole Score
9 or less Double Bogey
10 through 19 7
20 through 29 8
30 through 39 9
40 and above 10

Example 1: Sue has a course handicap of 24, giving her an ESC limit of 8 on any hole. Sue scored a 9 on hole 5, a 10 on hole 10, and an 11 on hole 16. ESC reduces each hole score to her maximum of 8. Sue's adjusted score of 108 is posted for handicap purposes.

Sue's Handicap Scorecard:

Please use a diagonal slash to indicate use of ESC on the Handicap Scorecard as shown below.


Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 B9 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5   4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4    
Sue 6 5 4 7 9/8 4 5 6 8 53 10/8 4 4 7 6 6 11/8 5 7 55 108

Example 2: Pat has a course handicap of 18, giving her an ESC limit of 7 on any hole. Pat scored 84 on the same course in a tournament without applying ESC, one terrific score for Pat. However, on the 5th hole she scored a 9, two strokes above her ESC limit of 7. Pat records an 84 for the tournament score but must use ESC adjustments when posting for handicap purposes. Pat must post an 82 for handicap purposes.

Pat’s Tournament Scorecard:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 B9 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5   4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4    
Pat 4 2 5 5 9 3 4 5 4 41 5 4 3 7 4 5 5 5 5 43 84

Pat’s Handicap Scorecard:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 B9 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5   4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4    
Pat 4 2 5 5 9/7 3 4 5 4 39 5 4 3 7 4 5 5 5 5 43 82

Some excerpts taken from the 2016 -2017 Handicap System Manual