The Fierce Battle Between Combatants
We have all watched tournament competition on TV and in person. It really looks like a battle or 18 hole ‘Grind’. It really is but not primarily between combatants! It is a battle between the man or woman and the golf course. The challenge is against the golf course and ‘Old Man Par’. It can be looked upon as a war of attrition against Par. If it is a four day tournament, mistakes on day one often create a sting on Sunday’s last hole and the player‘s total. You cannot win it on the first few holes but you certainly can lose it early!
To maintain golf’s reputation of being ‘A Gentleman’s Game’ the ‘Handicap System’ was created long ago. If one can play to the course published Par (i.e. 72 strokes to get around the 18 holes), one is deemed to have played to Par, to a ‘Zero Handicap’ or to ‘Scratch’.