Stroke Play is form of competition and scoring system in which the total strokes taken during the round (or rounds) are added together to give a cumulative score. In stroke play, every side (player or team) competes all holes and counts the total number of strokes and the side with the lower total score wins.
The final stroke play score is expressed in a total number of strokes (e.g. 69, 74) or alternatively as the difference between a total number of strokes and the course par (e.g. -3, +2). A negative result means that the achieved score is lower (better) than the par.
update: July 2021