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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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:
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.)
Sincerely ‘til next month, your Chapter Handicap Chair,