Handicaps and Rules
LADIES' HANDICAP SECRETARIES MEETING - There will be a meeting for Handicap Secretaries at Mount Pleasant Golf Club on 29th April at 1 pm. An invitation has been sent to all ladies' handicap sectretaries on my mailing list, but if anyone else is interested in attending please contact me (see Info BLCGA Committee)
There are a couple of changes to both Handicapping and the Rules of Golf which came into place on 1 January 2017. Firstly, England Golf have announced that they are enforcing Clauses 4.5b and 8.12 of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System. These require players to return all scores in Non Qualifying Competitions. It is hoped that this initiative will provide clubs with more information regarding the true ability of players, especially those who play a lot of their golf away from their Home club. This will give Handicap Committees more information on a player’s performance when carrying out the Annual Review.
England Golf has produced an information document regarding these changes and a couple of templates for clubs to use; one for players to record their Non Qualifying scores and a second for Open organisers to report scores to clubs. Copies of these documents have been forwarded to all Bedfordshire Ladies Handicap Secretaries. For Open Competition organisers - Scores Return Form. For individuals to keep a record of your NQ away scores - NQ Open Return Form.
Players will need to know that they now have a responsibility to report away scores in all AM/AM, 4BBB and team competitions. Clubs will need to let their members know of this change and how they can report their scores from Non-Qualifying competitions back to their Home Club. This can be something as simple as having a book or log in the Pro Shop or a central email address they can use. Players who do not return these scores will be held accountable. Clubs will need to hold on to this information for the current golfing year and one previous golfing year.
Although the responsibility to report scores back to the Home Club is the player’s, England Golf also requests that clubs return the scores of the top 5 places in Open competitions to the player’s or team’s Home Club.
Scores from outside the CONGU handicapping system, Texas Scrambles, Foursomes and Greensome competitions are not required to be reported.
Work towards a Worldwide Handicapping System is progressing well. I hope to get further information soon and will pass it on when I hear any news.
The R&A and USGA have announced a new Local Rule which eliminates the penalty for a golfer who accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green. This Local Rule can be adopted by clubs for their own competitions, and will be adopted by The R&A and the USGA in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches. This Local Rule has also been incorporated into the 2017 England Golf Hard Card. There is more news on the on the R&A web site.
Finally, I would like to offer Rules Seminars to ladies’ sections of Bedfordshire clubs. I can offer two formats:
- A clubhouse based session with some introductory information followed by an informal quiz; or
- A practical session out on the practice ground with demonstration of rules situations.
Please contact me if you are interested in having such a meeting at your club.
BLCGA Handicap Advisor
LATEST ON RULES FOR THE FUTURE
The R&A and USPGA have been working on a fundamental change to the Rules of Golf that will come into place on 1 January 2019. To see more on this topic go to the R&A web site using the link below. There you will find draft Rules documents, videos and a summary of the proposed changes. There is also the opportunity to feedback your views by taking part in a survey.
The latest England Golf Handicaps newsletter can be downloaded HERE
England Golf Q&A on recording Non - Qualifying Scores HERE