We hope you will soon be able to get back out onto the golf course and play golf.
This month we look at how you should enter Competition Match Play scores and we follow up on our recent notice to you regarding the implementation of the new score-entry screens.
Match Play scores
While we are all aware that Match Play is a very different game to Stroke Play, there are many similarities between Match Play and Better Ball.
In both formats, players take more or less risk depending on what their partner or opponent is doing on the hole, and players can pick up and be conceded putts, taking the most likely score or the maximum score on the hole.
With the adoption of the World Handicap System in South Africa, all Match Play scores, including competition Match Play scores, must be entered into the HNA system, in the same way as all Better Ball and Stroke Play scores have to be entered.
In competition Match Play, players often walk off after the game is over. In this case, players can enter their Adjusted Gross Scores for the holes played on a hole-by-hole basis on the HNA App, the HNA Terminal or via the HNA website. Then, once you press “Enter Score” after playing, say, 14 holes, the system will prompt you with a message saying, “You are about to submit an incomplete round”.
If you then press “Enter”, the system will allocate par plus or minus any Course Handicap Strokes you would have had on the remaining holes. This is the same as when you have to stop and walk off the course when the game is halted due to weather or some other issue.
The alternative to entering the score on a hole-by-hole basis and letting the system complete your remaining holes is that you can enter an Adjusted Gross Score with the total of what you scored up until the match ended and then par plus or minus any Course Handicap Stokes for the unfinished holes.
New score entry
Further to our recent update on the new score entry screens, you will now be required to enter if it was a social or competition game, whether you played individually or as a team (Better Ball, Alliance) and whether it was Match Play or Stroke Play.
Free HNA Fourball scoring on the App
Are you aware that the HNA Handicaps App can be used to enter scores in the same way as you do on a Club Scorecard? All you need to do is click on the Events section of the App, load your fourball and competition format and you can start keeping score.
- It records all four scores and calculates the result on each hole, depending on the type of competition you have selected.
- It calculates the overall result for the Individual, Better Ball or the Team, depending on the competition format.
- The scores from the fourball can be entered directly into the HNA system from the App. This should only be done once the players have checked and confirmed their scores with the marker.
- Should players opt not to enter their scores from the Fourball scoring section of the App, they can still enter their individual scores on the HNA system in their normal manner.
You can download the free HNA Handicaps App here.