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Point-Quota Systems

A Point-Quota competition is an event for individual golfers or teams in which some form of Stableford or hole-by-hole points scoring is used to reflect the competitor’s performance relative to their established handicap.

Stableford Scoring
2 or more over par no points
1 over par (bogey) 1 point
par 2 points
1 under par (birdie) 3 points
2 under par (eagle) 4 points
3 under par 5 points

Modified Stableford Scoring
2 or more over par no points
1 over par (bogey) 1 point
par 2 points
1 under par (birdie) 4 points
2 under par (eagle) 6 points
3 under par 8 points

Chicago Scoring
2 or more over par no points
1 over par (bogey) 1 point
par 2 points
1 under par (birdie) 4 points
2 under par (eagle) 8 points

Prior to play, a player’s (or team’s) “quota” is established. Each player’s quota is computed as 36 (39 in a Chicago event) less their handicap (with a minimum quota of zero or some other agreed value). A team’s quota is the sum of the quotas of its members.

The competition is then conducted at scratch (without handicaps), typically using Stableford, Modified Stableford or Chicago scoring. The player’s competition score is determined as the difference between the points they earn during play and their quota – negative values are allowed. A team or individual with the highest numerical result (most positive or least negative) is the winner.

Below is a sample scorecard for a two-person team competing in a Point-Quota event using Modified Stableford scoring. The team members' quotas, calculated as 36 less their handicaps, would be 30 and 19, for a team quota of 49 points.

Team Scorecard

Scorecard including a team Modified Stableford total score

Checking the competition results shows that Danny exceeded his quota by 3 points (helped by those birdies on the 3rd and the 17th), and Tony exactly matched his quota of 19 points. The team's result for the competition is +3, the difference between the total points they earned and their team quota.

Competition Scores

Stableford Competition Scores

Multi-round Point-Quota competitions for amateurs frequently have quota “adjustments” after each round. A common adjustment is to raise a team’s quota for the next round by half of the amount by which they exceeded their quota in their previous round (or conversely, reduce their quota by half the amount by which they failed to meet their quota). Fractional quotas, bigger or smaller adjustments, and upper or lower quota limits are common variations in Point-Quota events.

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