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These numbers reflect a player's overall score. This includes the strokes taken in previous rounds. After 18, players will then play from the 1st hole to the 9th hole to complete their round. Sponsored Headlines

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These numbers reflect a player's overall score. That is, the score does not reflect what a player received for an individual hole, but his cumulative score for the tournament. If, for instance, a player's score shows a red seven under hole number four, that means he has shot a score of seven under par up to that point in the tournament.

Seven under par means the player has taken seven shots less than the overall standard for the course. Going forward, if the player's score for hole number five is a red eight, that means the player has scored a birdie on that hole. A birdie reduces a score by one stroke. If the player's score for hole number six is a red seven, that means the player has scored a bogey on that hole. A bogey increases a score by one stroke. If the player's score for hole number seven is a red seven again, that means the player has scored a par on that hole.

A par is standard and, therefore, neither increases nor decreases the overall score. Black numbers represent scores that are above par. For instance, a black five means a player has taken five extra shots than the standard allows. An "E" represents an even score, meaning a player has taken exactly as many shots as required by par.

The right margin of the leaderboard shows the "Total" column. The numbers in this column represent the total amount of strokes each player on the leaderboard has taken. This includes the strokes taken in previous rounds. Most professional tournaments consist of four rounds played over four days. To determine a winner, find the lowest score on the leaderboard in the hole number 18 column.

If there are two or more scores tied for the lowest at the conclusion of a tournament, a playoff will determine a winner. Dan Harriman began writing professionally in and has a varied background in marketing, ranging from sports management to music promotion. Harriman holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with an emphasis on strategic communications from the University of Kansas and earned the International Advertising Association's diploma in marketing communications.

The most common par on a course is a par 4. If you look at the "Out" and "In" columns on the scorecard you will see the par for each set of 9 holes. A par 72 golf course will usually have 2 9 holes that are both par Write down the initials of everyone in your group.

You should never play with more than 3 other players during a round of golf. There will be spaces along the left side of the card for each player's name. Note the score each player gets on each hole.

Write down the number of strokes each player took and not the number of shots they took versus par. If you played the 1st hole, a par 4, and got a 5, then write 5 in the box next to your name and below the 1st hole's column. If you make a mistake, cross out the wrong number and write the correct score next to it. Sign your initials next to the corrected score to show it was you who corrected it and not somebody else trying to cheat.

Calculate everyone's total at the end of the round. The easiest way to do this is by adding 9 holes at a time. Add your score for the first 9 holes and mark your total in the relevant box in the "Out" column. Then do the same for the second 9 holes and mark your total in the "In" column.

Then to find your total shots for the 18 holes, add the "In" and "Out" together. If the course is a par 70 and you took 65 shots, you were 5 under par. Mark each golfer's score versus par in the total column. Once you've calculated exactly how many shots each player took, find the difference between each player's total and the par of the course. If your friend took 68 shots on a par 72, they finished 4 under par.

Mark -4 in their section of the total column. Even par, taking exactly the amount of shots you should, can be marked with a 0 or an "E. If you have a handicap and it takes you 85 shots to play a par 72, take 15 from This leaves you with 70 shots on a par 72, or 2 under par. A player with a -3 handicap will take 3 from their total.

If they take 72 shots on a par 72 course, they take 3 from 72 to give them 69, meaning they've shot 3 under par with their handicap. Your handicap is essentially an allowance to help you. Better players have lower handicaps and less-skilled players have higher handicaps. Sign the "scorer" and "marker" sections at the end of the card. This is especially important if you're playing a competition.

If you fail to mark your card you will be disqualified from the competition. If you have marked the card sign your name in the "marker" section. If someone else marked the card write your name in the "scorer" section of the card. If you have swung the golf club and the ball has moved, it counts as a stroke. Additionally, there are penalty strokes that may count toward the final stroke count for the hole. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 3. Each square around a number indicates a shot over par. A circle indicates a shot under par.

This makes it much easier to count your overall score at the end of the round. You just add a point for each square and subtract a point for each circle. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 6. Stroke index refers to the difficulty of a hole. A hole with a stroke index of 1 is the hardest hole on a course. A stroke index of 18 refers to the easiest hole.

Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1. You write 1 in the space where the golfer's name intersects with the correct column designating the corresponding hole that was played.

Not Helpful 1 Helpful 2. It means the hole is a par 5 that was completed in four strokes for a birdie. Not Helpful 6 Helpful 3. In golfing, par means the amount of times you should be able to hit the ball and make it in the hole. For example, par 2 means you should be able to get the ball in the hole in 2 hits.

Relative means a number of hits close to it. Not Helpful 5 Helpful 2. MP usually refers to Match-Play in golf. Match-Play is where two golfers play against each other in a 1 vs. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0. Black and white handicap usually refers to the men's handicap on a hole and the red handicap usually refers to the women's handicap on a hole. The minus and plus refer to a player's score versus par.

Par is the expected number of shots a player should take on a course. A Par 72 means it should take a player 72 shots. If a player takes less than 72 shots, a minus is used to denote they were under par.

If a player takes more than 72 shots, a plus is used to denote that they were over par. In medal play, player A score is recorded in the net score column and signed by the marker and player, is player A disqualified for the score being in the wrong box?

Yes, player A is disqualified for signing an incorrectly marked card. The correct way to fix this error is to put a line through the net score column and have the marker sign their initials next to it and then write the scores in the correct column before signing their name.