28 September 2016
Where does the word "bogey" came from?
“Bogey” is the oldest term in the stroke system vocabulary. According to History of Golf, it was introduced in about 1891. When the initial idea of standardizing the number of shots a good golfer should take on each hole began it was called the “ground score”. The idea was applied in match play competition. During one competition, the term “bogey” arose because the players were chasing a ground score that seemed particularly difficult to achieve. The word bogey referred to the bogey-man; a widely used term for a goblin or devil, which was popularized in a British song in the late 19th century. The term caught on, and in the early 20th Century when the term par was introduced as the ideal score of professional golfers, bogey became the term for one above par.