Walking Scorer


At least one walking/scorer accompanies each group of golfers in the 8-11 and 12-13 age groups.  The walking/scorer’s responsibility is to double check the scores that players report and help in sorting out problems regarding differing scores.  In addition, they help to keep the players moving along at a good pace and make sure players observe proper golf course etiquette.  Walking/scorers have NO responsibility for interpreting the Rules of Golf.

A complete list of instructions and responsibilities will be supplied to walkers when they register at the tournaments they have volunteered for.

This job is important to the overall success of our junior golf program.  Instructing players in the proper method of keeping score in competitive situations early in their careers will avoid some possibly costly and embarrassing situations down the road.  And, of course, it is critical that young players learn how to comport themselves properly while on the golf course.

The way our members behave reflects on WJGA and directly affects our ability to find courses to play on for future tournaments.

Thank you for volunteering to fill this very important position !!

1) Check in at Volunteer area at least 15 minutes prior to tee time.

2) Pick up Walking Scorer supplies: clipboard, pencil, WJGA Code of
Conduct, hole by hole marking sheet, course scorecard and Walking Scorer information sheet.

3) Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothes for the present and future possible weather conditions.

4) Fill out player’s name on hole-by-hole sheet exactly as printed on tee sheet, if not already filled out.

5) Introduce yourself to the Starter who will introduce you to the players.

6) Write identification aides on the hole-by-hole sheet next to players name; color of shirt, bag, etc.

7) Ask players to identify the ball they intend to put in play at the first tee.

8) Listen to the information that the Starter gives to the players in your group.

9) Each player will keep the score for his fellow-competitor on the fellow-competitor’s scorecard and their own score at the bottom of the fellow-competitor’s scorecard.

10) Mark each stroke and penalty as it is taken by each player on the hole-by-hole sheet. Ask each player what score he had on the hole, do not tell them the total. If you disagree, discuss diplomatically at the next tee.

11) If there is a question between a player and his marker concerning a Rule of Golf, the player may play a second ball as well as the original. It is very important that he identify which ball he wants to score with on the hole (if allowed by the Rules of Golf) before playing either ball. Both balls must be holed out. Record the score for both balls. A final ruling will be made at the completion of the round. PLAYER MUST ANNOUNCE THE FACT THAT HE IS PLAYING A SECOND BALL before playing either ball.

12) Upon reaching the green, the Walking Scorer may attend the flagstick. Players must hole out on each hole or be Disqualified.

13) If your group is not keeping up with the group ahead, you may send players to the next tee as soon as they have finished holing out.

14) Encourage only one practice swing, especially after players have played a few holes. This usually does not apply to chipping or putting. Many practice swings slow up the pace of play.

15) The Walking Scorer will accompanying his/her group to the Scoring Tent to read scores and sign scorecards. The official scorecard is the hole by hole sheet kept by the Walking Scorer UNTIL the player’s scorecard is signed, dated, attested and returned to The Committee at the attesting tent.

16) Once the scorecard is signed, given to the scoring official and the player has left the scoring tent area, the score stands.

17) Poor sportsmanship and bad language are grounds for Disqualification. (See WJGA Code of Conduct and Rules Sheet). A Walking Scorer may recommend Disqualification. Rules official will interview both the Walking Scorer and the players before a final decision is made. The Walking Scorer should inform the player, at the time when the violation occurs, of a possible warning or penalty, but must permit the player to continue until a Rules Official makes a decision. If serious, secure a Rules Official immediately. Notify a Rules Official ASAP whenever you are having a problem with a player or spectator.

The time commitment for this job is as long as the round takes, plus fifteen minutes beforehand.