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SYSTEM 36 System 36 is a method of handicapping a tournament when many competitors simply don't carry a true handicap issued by a recognized authority. This particular handicapping method is popular in the Asia Pacific region and finds use in corporate outings and benefit tournaments. System 36 generates a temporary handicap for use just during that event. Here is how it works: For each player, assign "handicap reduction points" for each hole as follows: RESULT POINTS DOUBLE EAGLE 2 EAGLE 2 BIRDIE 2 PAR 2 BOGEY 1 DOUBLE BOGEY 0 TRIPLE EAGLE 0 Those figures are not misprinted! Everything better than a bogey receives precisely two points. Everything worse than a bogey receives no points. Subtract the point total for each player from 36. The result is that player's number of handicap strokes for the round. Apply handicap strokes as you would normally depending upon the competition format. Click here to learn how to distribute handicap strokes during Stableford play. Generally, System 36 is used in Stroke Play and Stableford formats only.
Stableford competitions tend to encourage risky play because big mistakes are not penalized as harshly as good results are rewarded. However, this feature of Stablefords is nullified when System 36 is employed. System 36 rewards players who shoot birdies and penalizes players who shoot triple-bogeys or worse. For stroke play competitions, it makes no difference whether a player shoots a par, bogey or double-bogey on a hole because System 36 renders those results all the same. You need birdies or better while simultaneously avoiding triple-bogeys or worse to win a System 36 in stroke play. System 36 This system is ideal for tournaments with fields of players with average skills. The handicap is determined in two steps. First, for every hole scored par or better, 2 points are added and for every bogey, 1 point is added. Second, the total number of points is subtracted from 36, yielding the adjustment for the round. With the maximum adjustment of 36, novice golfers will not be competitive. Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 72 Score 4 6 4 5 3 5 3 3 5 6 5 6 4 4 3 6 4 4 5 84 Points 2 0 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 2 2 1 25 In this System 36 example, subtract 25 from 36 to yield the adjustment of 11. The net score for the round is 84-11 = 73.

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