6. How Ties are decided

When two or more competitors are tied, count-back is used to determine finishing positions.

18 hole competitions
The winner in a tie is the player with the best score for the back 9 holes on the scorecard (irrespective of starting hole), then the last 6, last 3 and last 1.

If a tie is not resolved on the back 9, the count-back continues on the last 6, 3, and 1 on the front 9.

9 hole competitions
The best score for the last 6 holes, then the last 3 and last 1 is used.

Seniors 16 hole competitions
The best score for the last 7 holes, then the last 5 and last 3 is used.


In Medal, Gross Score (Scratch) and Maximum Score competitions where no Stroke Index allocation is used, a proportion of each player’s handicap is deducted from the gross score for the holes being considered, e.g. one-half for 9 holes, one-third for 6 holes, one-sixth for 3 holes, etc.


In Par/Bogey, Stableford and Better-Ball competitions where Stroke Index allocation is used, handicap strokes are applied consistently with how they were applied for the competition.

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