match play

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noun Golf.

play in which the score is reckoned by counting the holes won by each side.

Compare medal play.

Origin of match play

First recorded in 1885–90
Related formsmatch player, noun
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Examples from the Web for match play

Historical Examples of match play

  • The old maxim that if a thing is worth doing at all it is worth doing well, applies with tremendous force to match-play golf.

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach


British Dictionary definitions for match play

match play

noun

golf
  1. scoring according to the number of holes won and lost
  2. (as modifier)a matchplay tournament
Compare Stableford, stroke play
Derived Formsmatch player, noun
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