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B16: BriskerGolf: the Given Net Bogey score implies a brisk ‘gimmie’

A Brisk Legal gimmie as a Backstop Score

A unique legal gimmie of a Net Bogey score (in formal terms, an @Given-Net-Bogey score), provides a time-saving Backstop score for all BriskerGolfers.

In Briskergolf the only significant gross scores to be actively posted are those that equate to potentially winning scores as below:

  • Net Par scores
  • Net Birdie scores
  • Net Eagle scores
  • Net Albatross scores

Posting a Leading Score or Tying Net Score

Only a Leading or Tying Net Score may be posted in BriskerGolf.

The Acceptable or Masterful Net Score may be a Net Par (Acceptable), Net Birdie (Masterful), Net Eagle (Masterful), or even a Net Albatross (Masterful), but it may never be a Net Bogey (Unacceptable)!!

A Net Bogey is a passive score, created by a BriskerGolfer picking up his/her ball, signalling acceptance of a gimmie (a Net Bogey).

It is pointless and Time-Wasting to play on, to actively achieve a Net Bogey, because it has already been given to you, as a brisk gimmie!

The Critical Point: NOT Posting a Non-Leading Net Score or Non-Tying Net Score

In terms of Brisk play it is equally important for every BriskerGolfer to realise when he/she has reached the critical point in the contest at a Hole, when to play another shot is sheer folly and Time-Wasting!

It is particularly galling to have to pick up your ball and accept a legal gimmie on a Hole, when you are actually playing it well, but not quite as well as another BriskerGolfer.

However, BriskerGolf is ruthless matchplay, and by accepting a passive score of a gimmie you are making an important contribution to Brisker play!

The Maximum Number of Shots Played by a BriskerGolfer in a Round

It is highly unlikely that any BriskerGolfer will play the maximum number of shots that he/she is potentially allowed to play, as in the following examples:

  • For a very high handicap BriskerGolfer, in receipt of two shots at a particular Par 5 hole, the maximum number of shots that he/she might be able to take at this hole is a gross 7, which resolves to a net 5 par score.
  • For an average handicap BriskerGolfer, in receipt of one shot at a particular Par 4 hole, the maximum number of shots that he/she might be able to take at this hole is a gross 5, which resolves to a net 4 par score.
  • For a low handicap BriskerGolfer, in receipt of no shots at a particular Par 5 hole, the maximum number of shots that he/she may be able to take at this hole is a gross 5, which resolves to a net 5 par score.

In practice the number of shots taken in a round will be far fewer than the possible maximum number, particularly if all BriskerGolfers avoid any Penalty scores.

An ignominious but gentle Penalty, P, of  two-off-the-next-tee for Time Wasting awaits an unfortunate BriskerGolfer who for whatever reason is unable to calculate when it is time to quit on a Hole.

BriskerGolfer’s errant Gross ‘practising score’ is to be recorded on his/her Omniscorecard (found on the reverse of a BriskerGolf scorecard), even if it is an incomplete score at a hole (i.e. a curtailed score such as 3. or 4. or 5. or 6. or greater!

The Net score in such a circumstance is to be designated as a P, implying both Practising on the course and a Penalty* for doing so, of Two-Off-The-Next-Tee.

[*On 1st to 17th holes. Practising on the 18th hole is a P18 Penalty that disqualifies a player from potentially benefitting from a tie on the 18th hole].

The maximum number of shots in a round by a BriskerGolfer is restricted, as demonstrated in the examples below, for a Par 72 hole course, with full handicap allowance:

  • Tour-Pro, plus 6 handicap: 66 shots
  • Champions Tour Pros/Elite Amateurs, plus 3 handicap: 69 shots
  • Scratch golfer: 72 shots
  • Low handicap golfer, 3 handicap: 75 shots
  • Mid handicap golfer, 15 handicap: 87 shots
  • High handicap golfer, 24 handicap: 96 shots

Generally, for each category of golfer, the actual number of shots taken will be lower than the maximum number of shots.

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