Tournaments Formats

The Callaway System 

A formula for handicapping one-time events, where it is difficult for all participants to provide a true handicap beforehand. Said to originate at Pinehurst by the late Lionel Callaway. This system becomes useful for company tournaments, where some competitors may not have played in several months or simply don't play often enough to warrant obtaining a formal handicap.  The actual formula used varies from event to event. But the principle behind the formula is as follows:


The gross score is applied to a chart which replies with two figures. One figure indicates the number of highest hole scores that are to be deducted from the gross score. The second figure is a fine-tuning adjustment value. Please note that Callaway refers to a handicap system. It is not a scoring system, such as Stableford. When you run a Callaway event,

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