- Before starting, check that your card has the correct name and handicap on it.
- On the first tee, swap your card with that of your playing partner.
- On arrival at the next tee, if you have the "honour" then after you play and whilst your partner is preparing to play, mark the scorecard. Fill in the scores after the completion of each hole, and not leave it for a few holes.
- As well as filling in your partner’s score in the “player’s score” column, fill in your own score in the “marker’s score” column.
- At the end of the round, check your own “marker’s score” against the “player’s score” on the card your partner has marked for you and only sign your card when you are absolutely certain that it is correct. Too often, players will sign a card because the total is correct without having checked that the scores on individual holes are correct.
The standard of marking cards in recent years has been somewhat variable – indeed last year we had to disqualify two players for signing for lower scores on holes than they had actually taken. And after what happened to Mark Roe and Jesper Parnevik at the Royal St Georges Open Championship, we felt it would be sensible for us to send out a reminder of the basics to Organisers/Convenors and ask you to make sure all your team members really know what to do. Each player must: