HANDICAP CHANGES FOR 2016
The 2016 changes are:
- Dates: The handicap year to follow the calendar year, 1 January to 31 December
- Preferred Lies: Each Union/Association now has discretion to adopt a preferred lie period within its jurisdiction
- Competition Handicaps: All Unions/Associations to use “c” handicap status annotation
- Four-Ball-Better Ball Handicap Allowance: Increased from 75% to 90% for both stroke play and match play
- CSS Calculation: Category 4 players now included for both men and women
- Three letter Identifiers: Have been restructured and a definitive list included in the manual
- Initial Handicap Allotment: A new algorithm has been introduced in line with the Annual Review algorithm. A handicap may be allotted up to a
limit of 54 but handicaps over the existing maximum of 28 for men and 36 for women will be club handicaps and not eligible for “c” status
- Handicaps for Golfers with Disabilities: Continue to be eligible for “c” status but are otherwise administered in the same manner as club handicaps until the maximum CONGU Handicap or lower is reached
- Re-activation of Handicap: If a player leaves a club with a “c” handicap, this status will remain valid for the year of resignation and for the following calendar year, should a player join another affiliated club
- Reinstatement of Handicap Status: The reinstatement of a “c” (competition) status handicap requires a player to submit 3 qualifying scores (which could be 18 hole competitions, 9-hole competitions, Supplementary Scores, home or away)
- Qualifying 9 hole score recording: Playing better than or to the buffer zone still requires 18 points to be added to achieve a similar 18-hole outcome and for players within their buffer zones or better this points total continues to be recorded on the handicap record. For handicap purposes only, however, players retuning a score outside the buffer zone have their points total doubled on their handicap record to avoid anomalies within the Annual Review process
- Annual Review: There is a new standard report in the manual.
- Continuous Handicap Review: There is now a computer generated report which flags players with 7 consecutive 0.1 increases. Handicap Committees are recommended to review the performance of such players and to give due consideration to applying a handicap increase where applicable.
These changes will be implemented by all software providers as of 1stMarch 2016, please note this this is a amendment from the information issued in June, due to the delay.