During the regular-season portion of the high-school golf season, teams play nine-hole afternoon matches. That’s in contrast to the longer all-day 18-and 36-hole formats used for some early and postseason tournaments.
So in the nine-hole format, that is quite different and much more limited as far as recovering and making up for lost strokes from a big mistake or bad hole. Make an early double- or triple-bogey during the nine-hole match, that can sure wreck a score.
A good score for a nine-hole high-school match is anything in the 30s, with a rare twentysomething score being lights out.
Scores in the 20s or 30s, though, usually don’t include a double- or triple-bogey. A so-so nine-hole high-school posting is 40 to 42. Anything above that is not so great.
So the playing strategy during a nine-hole format might be to start a little more conservatively, and maybe even play that way throughout to be assured of some type of score in the 30s.
– Dave Facinoli