Fair handicapping depends upon full, accurate information regarding a player’s potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record. A basic premise underlying the USGA Handicap System, is that every player will try to make the best score at each hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review.
Every golfer shall be responsible for returning all acceptable scores as defined in Section 5 of the USGA Handicap System manual. For handicap purposes, all necessary adjustments including ESC must be applied to all scores including Tournament Scores.
Scores to Post – If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18 hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a 9 hole score.
Scores on all Courses – Adjusted gross scores from all courses with USGA Course and Slope Ratings made during their active seasons, both at home and away, shall be posted by the player along with the appropriate USGA Course Ratings and USGA Slope Ratings.
Scores in All Forms of Competitions – Scores in both match play and stroke play shall be posted for handicap purposes, This includes scores made in match play, multi-ball or team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole.
Scores Made Under the Rules of Golf – Scores must be made in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf.
Disqualification – A player who is disqualified from competition, but has an acceptable score, shall record his adjusted gross score for handicap purposes.
Unacceptable Scores – Scores made under the following conditions are not acceptable for handicap purposes and shall not be entered in the players scoring record:
Posting Scores –Posting scores in person immediately following the round at the course where the round is played is the preferred way to expose scores to peer review. If that is not possible, the score should be posted as soon as practical prior to the next revision of the handicaps so that the scoring record is up-to-date.
Posting Score When a Complete Round is not Played – If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a nine-hole score. In either case, scores for unplayed holes shall be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the unplayed holes.
Posting Nine-Hole Scores – To be acceptable for handicap purposes, nine-hole scores must meet the following conditions:
Once posted, a nine-hole score will be treated as follows:
Posting a Tournament Score – A tournament score is a score made in a competition organized and conducted by a committee in charge of the competition. The competition must identify a winner(s) based on a stipulated round(s), and must be played under the principles of the Rules of Golf. The committee in charge of the competition shall announce in advance whether the score shall be identified by the letter “T” when posted.
Committee Posting a Score for a Player – If a player fails to post a score, the Handicap Committee may post the score without the player’s authorization. In a competition, the committee in charge of the competition may post the scores of all competitors. The committee should notify the players that it will post the scores in order to prevent scores from being posted by both the players and the committee.
An essential element of the USGA Handicap System is the requirement that each golf club or golf association that issues USGA Handicap Indexes shall appoint a Handicap Committee to ensure the integrity of the handicaps it issues. This Committee shall make certain that the numbers comply with the USGA Handicap System.
The Handicap Committee shall be responsible to the golf club for all aspects of the USGA Handicap System, including the computation of USGA Handicap Indexes. The Handicap Committee shall verify that all acceptable scores are reported for handicap purposes, and that recorded scores are available for peer review.Duties of the Handicap Committee
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