Rule of the Week - Guidelines on Marking and Checking Score Cards


Rule of the Week - Guidelines on Marking and Checking Score Cards

Rule of the week.

Guidelines on Marking and Checking Score Cards

The responsibilities of the marker (who is normally a fellow-competitor) and the competitor in relation to score cards are as follows:
Responsibilities of Markers
(a) To check the score with the competitor for each hole (Rule 6-6a), including any penalty strokes.
(b) To record the gross score taken by the competitor for each hole (preferably as soon as the hole is completed).
(c) To sign the score card and hand it to the competitor on completion of the round.
Responsibilities of Competitor
(a) In handicap stroke play competition, to ensure that his handicap is recorded on his score card before it is returned to the Committee (Rule 6-2b).
(b) To check his score for each hole (Rule 6-6b).
(c) To settle doubtful points with the Committee (Rule 6-6b).
(d) To ensure that the marker has signed the score card (Rule 6-6b).
(e) To countersign the score card himself (Rule 6-6b).
(f) To return the score card to the Committee as soon as possible (Rule 6-6b).
(g) In four-ball stroke play, to ensure that the gross scores to count are individually identifiable on the score card (Rule 31-3).
(i) It is immaterial where the score card is checked.
(ii) The fact that the competitor has countersigned the score card should normally be accepted as evidence that he has checked it. If the competitor signs his score card in the space intended for the marker or vice versa, this mistake does not invalidate the score card.
(iii) The competitor is liable to disqualification for any breach of Rule 6-6b, the wording of which is designed to impress upon him his responsibility for ensuring the correctness of the score card he returns, signed and countersigned.
(iv) The Committee does not have the power (Rule 33-7) to waive or modify a penalty of disqualification, but this power may only be used in exceptional individual cases and should not be used in cases where the competitor has been careless or negligent.
(v) The competitor’s duty to return his score card to the Committee “as soon as possible” (Rule 6-6b) should be interpreted reasonably. Since no alterations may be made after the score card has been returned to the Committee (Rule 6-6c), the competitor must be allowed sufficient time to check the score card carefully. It is for the Committee to decide whether any delay in returning the score card was reasonable.