There are major changes this year as the World Handicap System is now being used, beginning in 2020. The Handicap Committee strongly encourages all members go to USGA Rules of Handicapping website (https://www.usga.org/handicapping/roh/2020-rules-of-handicapping.html) and familiarize yourself with the new terminology.
World Handicap System Highlights:
· Daily Revisions
Your handicap will now be revised daily when you play. Due to this, it is the player’s responsibility to post his score as soon as possible on the day of play.
· Round type notations have changed (needs work- GHIN app is down)
Notations indicating the type of round played have changed.
C: Competition (this replaces T – Tournament)
N: Nine holes (this replaces C – Combined)
Net Double Bogey replaces ESC (Equitable Stroke Control)
· Low Handicap Index
· Hard and Soft Caps
The World Handicapping System is designed to limit the upward movement of a Handicap Index. These caps are based on the golfer’s Low Handicap Index. There are two trigger points built into the system:
There is no limit on the amount by which a player’s Handicap Index can decrease.
The soft cap and hard cap procedures start to take effect only after the Low Handicap Index has been established.
· Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC)
The Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) is a daily calculation within the handicap system that compares actual scores made at each course to the expected scores of the players who made them. If the composite of scores is significantly higher or lower than what’s expected, an adjustment will be applied automatically to the score differential calculation of those who played that day. The PCC can result in an adjustment of -1.0, 0.0, +1.0, +2.0, or +3.0.
• A 0.0 adjustment means the course played as expected.
• A -1.0 adjustment means the course played easier than normal.
• A +1.0, +2.0 or +3.0 adjustment means the course played more difficult than normal.
The calculation is designed to be conservative and will result in no adjustment on most days. If it is applied to a particular round, you will see this as a notation on your scoring record in the GHIN app.
THE FOLLOWING ARE USGA SCORE POSTING GUIDELINES:
Holes Not Completed & Match Play - The proper posting procedure for unfinished holes, players picking up before finishing the hole, and conceded strokes is to record the score that the player ‘most likely’ would have received if they had played the ball into the hole. There is no limit to the number of unfinished holes a player may have in a round. Scores from match play matches should be posted using this procedure even though sometimes putts are conceded or the ball is not always holed.
Holes Not Played – If a player does not play a hole, the score to be recorded for handicap purposes must be par plus any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole. This procedure should be followed for up to five un-played holes on any 18-hole round or three un-played holes on any 9-hole round, and the scores must still be posted.
Net Double Bogey has replaced Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) – The mandatory procedure to be used when reducing unusually ‘high’ hole scores for handicap purposes is now called ‘Net Double Bogey’. Using this procedure makes handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability. Net Double Bogey is calculated as follows:
Par of the hole + Double Bogey (2) + player handicap strokes for hole
For example: Assume that a player with a course handicap of 15 scores a 9 on the 13th handicapped hole, which is a par 4. Net Double Bogey is calculated as:
Par (4) + Double Bogey (2) + Handicap for Hole (1) = 7
The maximum score for that hole that can be posted is a 7.
KENNEDY MENS CLUB HANDICAP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The Kennedy Mens Club Handicap Committee has defined the following policies and procedures to clarify the processes that should be followed by all members of the Kennedy Mens Club Handicap system. The Handicap Committee consists of golf club officials as well as playing members of the club. The Handicap Committee has adopted many of the USGA guidelines and rules as presented in the USGA Handicap System Manual.
“The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The system provides a fair course handicap for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player’s handicap up or down as the player’s game changes. At the same time, the system disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player’s potential ability”.
The Handicap Committee has final decision making responsibility for any and all handicap related issues and is empowered to oversee all handicap related issues including:
SCORE POSTING PROCEDURE
Proper posting of scores is essential to maintain a competitive balance in all Kennedy Mens Club events. The Handicap Committee intends to provide playing conditions in which all participants have an equal opportunity to compete and win in any event they play. The following rules will apply to all Kennedy Mens Club handicap members for all rounds of golf played, which include both tournaments and casual play. The Kennedy Mens Club Handicap Committee reserves the right to modify a player’s handicap index, delete scores, or post “penalty” scores if it is determined a player has failed to post scores accurately and in accordance with the posting guidelines.
Submission of Scores:
All rounds during the active season (in Colorado: March 15 – Nov 14) that are considered acceptable for handicap purposes must be posted. Also please post your scores if you are playing in a state that uses year round posting for the USGA (ex. Arizona). In general, these are rounds where you have played your own ball. This includes 9 and 18 hole casual rounds and match play, Examples of rounds that are not acceptable and would not be posted are scrambles, shambles, or alternate shot formats.
Tournament Scores – Acceptable scores from Kennedy Mens Club tournament events will be posted by the Kennedy Mens Club Handicap Committee.
Match Play: Scores for Kennedy match play competition rounds must be posted by the individual players and are not to be posted as a Competition Score.
All individual players are responsible for the following:
The following are acceptable scores and must be posted for handicap calculation purposes:
MONITORING SCORES IN KENNEDY MENS CLUB EVENTS
Following Kennedy Mens Club events and after scores are posted and final results are announced, The Handicap Committee will review scores. Exceptional scores shall be noted and may be subject to notification or corrective action.
CORRECTIVE ACTIONS PROCEDURE
At its discretion, The Handicap Committee may take the following actions regarding infractions:
Fair and accurate handicaps require every player to complete every hole to the BEST of their ability and in the least amount of strokes possible. If a player fails to try their best, or manipulates hole by hole scoring, they are in violation of the rules and subject to penalty by The Handicap Committee. Please do your part to keep our club handicaps accurate to promote fun and fair competition.
PLAYER HANDICAP REVIEW
A player may request that the Handicap Committee perform a handicap review after a period where the player feels their scoring potential does not align with the current Handicap Index. The request and reason for the review must be submitted in writing, via email or letter. Players that have sustained an injury that effects their play may only request a review after posting acceptable scores..