The Betting Games & The Prize

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.   – Mark Twain

Today is Super Bowl Sunday.  The Patriots and Eagles will battle for the rights to be named World Champions.   In my last post, Golfing 50 States Our Way,  the pinnacle of our golf event is a 2-man, 36 hole scramble.  This is our Super Bowl.   Our teams are always the same.  Rick and I vs. Andy and Doug.  It pains me to say that Doug and Andy lead the overall series 9-6 since starting the 36 hole format.  That being said, there is still a lot of golf to play and states to go…

The Betting Games

We play a standard 2-man scramble.  Both players hit and then the team determines which shot to play from next.  The team that won the prior year leads off on the 1st hole.  After that, lead off is determined by who won the last hole.  If it’s a tie, the order stays the same.   Pretty standard stuff.



Count the number of strokes from each team, including penalties for each hole and add them all together.  The lowest total score wins.


For each hole, the team with the fewest strokes wins.  If the hole is a tie, it’s a push.  Whoever wins the most holes wins.

Modified Modified Stableford

We added this 3rd game to reduce the chance of an overall tie, splitting stroke and match.  Unlike the other 2 games, this one needs further explanation:

  • Stableford – A scoring system awarding points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.  Whoever has the most points after a round wins.
  • Modified Stableford – This system awards more points for lower scores and introduces negative points for high scores.

The following scoring has been used in professional golf:

PointsStrokes taken in relation to par
+8Albatross (3 strokes under par)
+5Eagle (2 strokes under par)
+2Birdie (1 stroke under par)
-1Bogey (1 stroke over par)
-3Double Bogey or worse (2 or more strokes over par)
  • Modified Modified Stableford – We further modified the Stableford game to adjust for our limited golf abilities.  If only we had more time to practice…
PointsStrokes taken in relation to par
-1Double Bogey
-3Anything worse


Playing this format of 3 different games adds to the fun, excitement and strategy of the scramble.  It also reduces the possibility of ending up in a tie.  In order to win the event, your team must win 2 of the 3 games above.

The Prize

We play for high steaks.  You may be thinking, doesn’t he mean stakes?  The answer to that question is a resounding NO.  We literally play for S-T-E-A-K.  The winners earn a full course steak dinner the following year from the losers.  We are old school.  There is a winning team and a losing team.  There are no participation trophies here.

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The Agony of Defeat


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