Medal competition, the most popular formula

In a single Medal race each player competes against the other participants

by Andrea Gussoni
Medal competition, the most popular formula

Today we will talk about another of the most popular game formulas used in Club competitions: the "Medal competition".

Medal competition, rules

What we call the "Medal formula" in the Rules of Golf is simply the classic "Stroke Play" formula.

Stableford is also a form of Stroke Play, but with many peculiarities. In a single Medal race each player competes against the other participants. The different scores reported at the end of the competition determine a final ranking and, in general (although a little approximate!) we can say that the winner is the player who manages to finish the 18 holes in the least number of strokes.

The main difference with the Stableford competition is that playing Medal each player must complete the hole (he cannot mark X and lift the ball!) and write down the score reported for each hole. The sum of the strokes obtained on each hole will give the final score.

In a certain sense, therefore, it is much simpler since you will not have to calculate the points to assign based on your handicap, but you will directly count the strokes. Once you add up the strokes obtained in the 18 holes you will get a total number of strokes, which is your gross score.

From that score you can subtract your Playing Handicap (remember we already talked about it in the Stableford formula?) so as to obtain the net score. If you play a 20 handicap and your gross score is 90, your score will be 70, ie 90 minus 20!

When you sit on the sofa and watch the champions play, you will see them using this game formula which is the most used on professional tours. Surely this type of competition may seem less advantageous for novice players but it is certainly the most popular in golf.

The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and maintained by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body for golf worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are governed by the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA, oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision has been in force since January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and manages the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.