LPGA Amateurs - Austin, TX Chapter
Jan. 6, 2020
PLEASE remember that the new WHS (World Handicap System) will be in place starting January 6.  Be sure and see last month's Handicap article in the newsletter for additional information but here is another reminder for what to do:

For the first time in the United States, every Handicap Index will now be computed through a centralized database to ensure consistency and integrity in every number. In anticipation of this change, golfers in the U.S. will not be able to post scores or access their Handicap Index between January 1-5, 2020, as courses and organizations transition to the new technology. Starting on January 6, golfers will be able to post any scores they missed during this temporary down time, and any rounds played between January 1-5 will be used for handicapping purposes under the new World Handicap System.  

In addition, you will now have a COURSE handicap and a PLAYING handicap.  A score of Net Par will be used for holes not played, and the maximum hole score for handicap purposes will be a Net Double Bogey. Having a Course Handicap that is relative to Par will ensure that the correct number of strokes are received and applied for both procedures.  Playing Handicap = Course Handicap x Handicap Allowance and If players are competing from tees with different Pars, then the player(s) competing from the tees with the higher Par will receive an additional stroke(s) based on the difference.  This will assist in various formats of golf to make the playing equitable.  

We WILL be having a Handicap seminar for your soon, but start posting your scores now on a DAILY basis.  PLEASE be sure and post hole by hole if possible until you get used to seeing how the total score is adjusted.   If you need assistance, please email me at mhipp8822@gmail.com .

For more information, videos and FAQ's, please visit the following link:  https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/handicapping.html

Melinda Hipp, Handicap Chair

December 16, 2019

This month’s exciting news is that the USGA and World Golf Handicap systems will be merging and changing the way that golfers compare themselves against other players.  This means that handicaps can move more easily around the world.  The US will roll theirs out the first week of January and there COULD be a blackout period where you cannot enter your scores.   I would suggest waiting until the 2nd week of January.   Here are 7 things you need to know about the new system:

  1. Your handicap index may change a few decimal points when the update happens, but it will be very little.
  2. The system was tweaked to where it will use the BEST 8 scores out of your past 20 (versus 10).This will benefit the more consistent players where their scores are normally tightly bunched.
  3. The new system will take a harder look at PAST performance and demonstrated ability versus trying to identify future potential.
  4. Players will have a playing handicap where slope rating, course rating and PAR will be used.This will allow players to compete from different tees on the same course more easily.
  5. The max score for handicap purposes will be limited to net double bogey (par + 2) which will definitely speed play up on the par 3’s!
  6. You handicap will now update the DAY after a score is posted.That means you will want to post your scores immediately upon finishing the round and not save up scorecards for a bi-weekly posting party.
  7. The system will also account for abnormal playing conditions and limit extreme upward movement of an index (sandbagging in our language) and an index may be reduced if an exceptional score is posted.

Please realize that each governing body can still make tweaks to the system for golf in their country, but these may come much later.  Players will simply need to post their scores in GHIN or an Association’s version of GHIN to get a worldwide handicap.   LPGA Amateurs could also still make adjustments to your handicap index for a particular competition (in rare cases.) 

If you need additional information, please be sure and contact me at mhipp8822@gmail.com or visit the USGA’s website and Handicap links at www.usga.org  

Sincerely ‘til next month, your Chapter Handicap Chair,

Melinda Hipp