Friday, May 20, 2016

Ask Linda #1309-Where do I get strokes in a handicap match?

Linda, I'm a nine handicap playing match play against a +1 for a nine-hole match. We played the front nine, which is rated higher than the back. The odd numbers [for handicap strokes] are on the front nine, the side we are playing. I get 5 strokes on front and 4 strokes on back; where does the +1 have to give the added stroke? If he had a zero handicap, easy: 5 strokes on front and 4 on back, but with higher-rated front nine is it 6 on front and 4 on back or 5 and 5? Thanks for your help.
Lou from Portland, Oregon

Dear readers,
Please be aware that the source for my answer is the USGA Handicap System. The answer might be different for those of you who play golf in countries outside the United States and Mexico.

Dear Lou,

The difference between a 9 handicap and a +1 is 10 strokes. You would receive 5 strokes on the front nine and 5 on the back. On the front nine, you would receive a stroke from your opponent on the holes designated on the scorecard as the #1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 handicap holes.

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