Alternative Stableford Scoring
Chicago is a form of Stableford scoring for individual or team play, gross or net. Typically, however, Chicago is used in Point-Quota events, in which each player’s quota is computed as 39 less their Course Handicap. A team’s quota is the sum of the quotas of its members. The competition is then conducted at scratch (without handicaps) using Chicago scoring:
A competitor’s score (individual or team) is the total points they have earned. The largest number of points wins. In Point-Quota competition, the competitor’s score is determined as the difference between the points they have earned and their quota – negative results are allowed. The team or individual with the greatest numerical result is the winner.
The Chicago scoring system was devised to provide a scoring bonus to golfers who can make hole-by-hole sub-par scores (birdies and eagles).