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Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Golf Scoring Formats: Stroke Play

Also called "medal play", this golf format requires each golfer to play their own ball the entire round.

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Also called "medal play", this golf format requires each golfer to play their own ball the entire round. The total number of strokes taken is recorded, and the golfer with the lowest total wins. Most professional and competitive golf tournaments are played in this format.

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We are playing stroke play format for this tournament.

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