Posted 30th September 1998
celebrates 100 years
Wales -The Stableford scoring system, beloved by amateur
golfers around the world, celebrated its 100th anniversary Wednesday.
which deters golfers from tearing up their scorecards after one
bad hole, was celebrated at the Glamorganshire club in Penarth,
Wales, where it was introduced.
It was devised
in 1898 by Frank Barney Gorton Stableford, a doctor in the Royal
Army Medical Corps who felt many players, particularly in adverse
weather conditions, "got very little fun since they tore up
their cards after playing only a few holes."
Under the system,
players' handicaps were applied on a hole-by-hole basis determined
by degree of difficulty rather than being deducted at the end of
a round. That meant one bad hole did not destroy a round. It was
merely one bad hole.
still widely used, was first tried at the south Wales club's autumn
medal competition on 30th September 1898.
It was also
celebrated at the Wallasey Club in England where Stableford later
On the PGA
Tour, the Stableford system is used annually in Castle Rock, Colo.
at The International.