Golfers in Ireland are facing a major change as the World Handicap System is set to be launched next month. After over two years of planning, the ILGU and GUI are following the other home nations in the adoption of the new system. While many club golfers think they won’t see a change in their actual handicap until summer rules return in the spring, the changes start in under two weeks time. The new system will see a golfers handicap change from course to course even during the non-counting Continue reading
Munster Golf have just released an updated list of key points for club handicap committees. The initiative follows a commitment made at the Annual Delegates Meeting to continue the efforts to stamp out handicap cheating.
The eight page document includes a very important piece on the mandatory reporting of all golf scores – including non qualifying events. There is a feeling that not all golfers of club officials realise the obligations that are already in place regarding the reporting of scores. The document also contains important references to the Rules of Golf and the CONGU rulebook which should help to educate and empower Handicap Secretary’s, Competition Secretary’s and everyone involved with competitions at club level.
Reporting Scores – Mandatory – Home or Away – All forms of Golf
(b) Non Qualifying Scores. – 4 Balls/ Scrambles/Classics/Societies – Relevant clauses are at (4.5(b), pg 19), (8.10 + 8.12, pg 24), (23.7 IrelandNote- pg 51) Direction from Union to report NQ Scores for immediate consideration/action for General Play Adjustment (Except Category 1 players). NB: In Ireland Players and Clubs must report Non Qualifying scores to Home Clubs: See 8.12 GP Adjustment based on Nett Diff, with Clause 19 adjustment if necessary, and SSS. This is a GPA and can not take effect until the player is notified personally agreed method, 23.5) Players who fail to comply with their obligations or responsibilities may be dealt with under Clause 24.1 pg 55 All other forms of Golf are for consideration as notable using the guidelines as set out in Appendix M at Page 86
Full text of Munster Golf’s Key Points for Handicap Committees:
Many clubs will see a return to qualifying conditions this week, and it will mark the start new handicap rules. From January (and in practice this week), the number of upward revisions (+0.1) a golfer can receive will be limited to 10. CONGU announced several changes last November, but the “point 1” is the change that is percieved to have the biggest impact for golfers.
This means that a golfers handicap can only increase by a one shot in 2016. The new rules also take account of handicap reductions and it states that the one shot increase must be measured from your lowest playing handicap Continue reading
Although summer rules seem like a distance away, March 2016 will mark the first change to upward handicap adjustments in over a decade. New rules will limit handicap increases to a maximum of one shot per year. The term handicap-builder or bandit has been widely used in golf. Sometimes it’s meant in jest but other times Continue reading