We have received a directive from England Golf that, as from 1st January 2017, players must return all scores in Non Qualifying Competitions to assist Handicap Committees at the annual handicap review. These scores will not directly affect a player’s handicap, but may be used as ‘supporting evidence of performance’ when it comes to the review.
Scores should be returned in all Singles, Am-Am, 4 Ball Better Ball and team competitions, but not Texas Scrambles, Foursomes and Greensomes competitions. This means that any of our members who play in such a competition at another club must inform our club of their score. England Golf have designed a form for this purpose, which can be obtained from the Manager’s Office.
Clubs are also required to return the scores of the top 5 places in any open competition to the player’s or team’s home club. Therefore, as well as reporting the score yourself, the host club will inform your home club.
We are also told that we should also be aware of regular roll-ups that take place at the club, where players are ‘playing off a measured course under Competition Play Conditions’. To assist in this regard, we ask that groups of members who play regularly in a ‘roll-up’, and keep a record of the scores, make these scores available to the Handicap Committee at the end of the year. Initially it would be useful to know just how many groups keep their scores throughout the year. Would you please do so by replying to this e-mail.
I reiterate that this information is designed to assist at the annual review and will not be used during the season to adjust handicaps. I am confident that we have a robust system to deal with handicap adjustments and that none of our members are likely to play in an open competition at another club and submit an unrealistic score, which this process is designed to cut out.
Rules Handicaps and Competitions Committee