Question: - In a Stableford competition is it the gross or net score that determines the honour at the next hole?
In handicap Stableford (and Bogey) competitions the competitor with the lowest netscore takes the honour at the next hole. (R&A Rules of Golf 32-1)
In stroke play (i.e. medal) the player with lowest score (i.e. gross score) has the honour at the next hole. (R&A Rules of Golf 10-2b)
At the first tee many players believe that the lowest handicapper should have the honour. This is incorrect as the honour at the 1st tee is determined by the order of the draw. In the absence of a draw the honour is decided by lot (e.g. the toss of a coin). (R&A Rules of Golf 10-2a)
If a player plays out of turn, in Strokeplay, there is no penalty and the ball is played as it lies. (R&A Rules of Golf 10-2c)
If a player plays out of turn in Matchplay, there is no penalty, but the opponent may immediately require the player to cancel the stroke and, in the correct order of play, play a ball as near as possible to the spot from which the original ball was played. (R&A Rules of Golf 10-1c)