match play


Definition of match play

: golf competition in which the winner is the person or team winning the greater number of holes — compare stroke play

Examples of match play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s not something that can easily be turned on and off, and for many players that zone is reached through the right combination of practice and match play. New York Times, "Tennis Players Mull Competition or Rest at Start of New Season," 10 Jan. 2021 The reduced opportunities didn’t discourage 900-plus golfers from trying to qualify to play at Jeremy Ranch, widely viewed as an outstanding venue for match play. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Threepeat won’t happen, but Jeremy Ranch will be a great State Am venue," 1 Sep. 2020 Two rounds of stroke play will narrow the field of 132 to 64, who will then compete in six rounds of match play. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "USGA to make its Alaska debut with 2022 women’s amateur," 7 Oct. 2020 Beating two good friends from his Utah Junior Golf Association days made Robison’s first experience of match play in the State Amateur all the more memorable at Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ute golfer Brandon Robison knocks off present, future BYU players in State Amateur," 4 Sep. 2020 Norman will lead the 32 qualifiers from the Player of the Year points challenge list into the section’s match play championship Monday-Wednesday at Ridgewood CC in Waco. Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, "Local links: Iron Horse Golf Course, Shady Oaks Country Club headline reopening season," 1 Oct. 2020 Lake Worth’s Alexa Pano made up for missing out in match play in the U.S. Gary Curreri,, "Alexa Pano finishes tied for 41st in LPGA event," 2 Oct. 2020 The single-elimination match play event featured 10 teams from golf courses around the state. ... Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, "Dallas area athletes among top junior girls golfers competing for spot in LPGA tournament," 2 Sep. 2020 After the second round, the field will be reduced to 32 golfers for match play, with the cut coming at about 1 over par. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ute golfer Mitchell Schow takes first-round lead in State Amateur," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of match play

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of match play was in 1893

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26 Jan 2021

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“Match play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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