Playing a Golf Stars Match
Introduction
Golf Stars is a competitive 2, 3 and 4-golfer mini-tournament designed for the “A” golfer. The “A” golfer is someone who wants to play in a competitive environment with other Golfers of similar ability.

Golfers get to choose the division that is best for them: beginner/intermediate, intermediate or intermediate/advanced. In addition, Golfers can also play in an integrated singles division game that has random division golfers with built in handicapping.

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See Rule Differences for an integrated singles Golf Stars game.
The rules for integrated singles Golf Stars are more casual than regular Golf Stars. Here are the differences:

1. Each golfer will have the tee box colour or name they shoot from beside their golf handle name on their scorecard.

2. Multiple golfers can receive a point if those golfers shoot their ball the Points Distance required for their division and if their ball lands on the fairway, green or second cut. Unlike regular Golf Stars their ball does not need to be the closest ball to the hole.

3. Multiple golfers can receive a point when shooting for the green and the Points Distance is less than your division requires. Your ball only needs to land on the green or second cut (if there is one) to score your point.

4. When putting on the green, it is still only the closest ball to the hole that receives the point.

In each golf season, Golf Stars will determine the best local, regional and national golf stars.

Course Options
This game works best on an 18-hole golf course (front to back or back to front). It may also be played as two rounds on a 9-hole course or played on two of the 9-hole courses on a 27-hole course.

2, 3 and 4-Golfer Mini-Tournaments

A mini-tournament is comprised of 4 golfers but can also be played with 3 or 2 golfers. Golfers play head-to-head in a scramble format. The game is an 18-hole mini-tournament broken down into two 9-hole games. The Golf Stars software determines which golfer wins each game and the overall mini-tournament.

4 golfers – the software will build scorecards for the first two golfers playing against each other and the next two golfers playing against each other. After the first 9-holes have been completed and finalized, the software will match the winners against the winners and the losers against the losers for the final 9-holes to determine the 1st to 4th place finishes.

3 golfers – the software will build a three golfer scorecard for the 3 golfers playing against each other for the first and final 9-holes. The software will determine the 1st to 3rd place finishes.

2 golfers – the software will build scorecards for the 2 golfers playing against each other for the first and final 9-holes. The software will determine the winner.

Register to Become a Golf Stars Golfer
Golf Stars Golfers register individually and then select their location, division and availability. Golfers will be notified of an available match only when their location, division and availability match a newly available mini-tournament.

As a registered Golf Stars golfer, you can immediately join an available game. You will receive an email outlining the details of the games available to you including the location, time and cost. You will only be notified if the game falls within the location, division and availability that is in your Profile.

Order of Play
The golfer who shoots first on the first hole shoots first on every shot while playing the first hole. On the second hole the other golfer shoots first for every shot on that hole. It rotates with one golfer shooting first on all of the odd holes and the other golfer shooting first on all of the even holes.

If it is a three golfer game then the third golfer shoots first for every shot on the third hole. The three players rotate shooting first until the first 9-holes are completed. Once the first 9-holes are completed and finalized the software will build a new scorecard(s) for the second 9-holes to be played.

When playing in a mixed game, the golfer from the Division that puts them on the tee box that is farthest from the hole will shoot first from the tee box on every shot. Next to shoot from the tee box will be the golfer who is next farthest from the hole and so on. If there is more than one golfer shooting from the same tee box, players will follow the Order of Play outlined above. Once the tee shot is completed, all other shots will follow the Order of Play outlined above.

Winning
Winners are decided by points and not strokes. Each golfer is trying to shoot their ball closest to the hole on every shot. The golfers with the most points, based on each 9-holes is the winner. If the result is a tie, the software will automatically determine the winner based on a predetermined calculation.

Selecting Your Tee Box
A tee box colour/name is shown on each online scorecard beside the golf handle name of the golfer. This colour matches the division (level of difficulty) that you and your challengers are playing from.

Counting Your Points
An individual point is awarded after each shot if two conditions are met:

1. One of the balls in play lands closer to the hole.
2. The shot lands on the green, fairway or second cut and the shot meets the points distance threshold.

A ball on the green - beats a ball on the fairway even if the ball in the fairway is closer to the hole.

A ball on the fairway - beats a ball in the second cut even if the ball in the second cut is closer to the hole.

A ball in the second cut - (if there is one at that golf course) is considered in play and eligible for a point.

The ball on the fairway or second cut that is determined the closer to the hole is the one that is used for the next shots. A marker is placed where the ball landed and golfers must shoot within 1 yard of that marker but no closer to the hole and on the same surface.

There are no points awarded if both golfers land their ball off of the green, fairway or second cut.

The ball must be completely on the determined surface (fairway, green or second cut) so light can be seen between the ball and other surface for a point to be rewarded.

If the distance to the hole is the same as determined by using a distance device for both golfers, then each golfer will receive a point and if both golfers putt out each golfer will receive a point.

If only one golfer lands their ball on the green, fairway or second cut that ball is to be used. However, the ball must have traveled the following distances, called Points Distance, for a point to be awarded.

Points Distances:
Beginner/Intermediate – 100 yards

Intermediate – 150 yards

Intermediate/Advanced – 175 yards

However, if shooting from the fairway or second cut and the distance to the green is less than the Points Distance required for each Division, a ball must land on the green to receive the point.

The software will determine who shoots first as indicated by the golfers Golf Handle on top of the online scorecard. The person to shoot first for each individual hole has a slight disadvantage and, therefore, receives these advantages:

1. If a point is awarded to multiple golfers because of a tie or no points are awarded because no balls landed on the fairway, green or second cut, the golfer to shoot first on that hole will determine which ball location to shoot from.
2. If the ball is within a putter length of the hole the person who shot first on that hole will determine if the balls should be picked up without finishing the hole and thereby allowing that both or all players will receive a point.

Leaderboard
The winning golfer of a 4-, 3- or 2-golfer game will receive a Star and their name will appear on the leaderboard.

Golf Stars is a popular game that invites players to challenge each other for bragging rights or maybe even a beverage! Watch for special events for Golf Star Golfers!!