Handicapping Rules

Our Club calculates handicaps slightly differently from the Victorian PGA. The differences are designed to suit us as a  social club so people will not have to wait 10 weeks for a stroke improvement. Our handicaps go down harder and come in harder depending on the players handicap level. We also reduce the winner of the day by 1 stroke if they are over 10 handicap and half a stroke if under 10 handicap just to keep them on their toes. You can check handicap calculations by using the handicap calculator.

HANDICAPPING RULES.

Winner Adjustment.

– Player exact handicap is 10.5 or higher reduction is 1 stroke.
– Player exact handicap is less than 10.5 reduction is 0.5 of a stroke.

If the player wins but does not break his handicap, the winner adjustment is applied and there is no handicap relief applied.  In two week events, the winner adjustment is applied to both rounds.

Definitions

Course Rating is 68.
Total Strokes
if the how many strokes you took for the round (Off the stick score)
Stableford Score is the number of stableford points for a stableford competition eg. 34
Par Score is the final par score eg plus 2 or minus three

Players Net Score is calculated as follows depending on the competition

Determining Net Score

– Stroke Competition: Total Strokes – Handicap. eg 84 off the stick -19 (handicap) = 65
– Stableford Competition: Course Rating+36-Stableford Score eg. 68+36-39 = 65 for a 39 stableford results
-Par Competition: Course Rating-(Par Score). eg. 68-(+2)=66 for a plus 2 or 68-(-3)=71 for a minus 3

Handicap Calculation

If Net Score is MORE than Course Rating then, except when the player is an event winner,
– for handicaps 0-18 add +0.2  of a stroke to the players exact handicap
– for handicaps 19-27 add +0.3 of a stroke to the players exact handicap

If Net Score is EQUAL TO the Course Rating then no adjustment (apart from winner adjustment) is made

If Net Score is LESS than Course Rating then for each stroke (one by one) do the following

FOR A SINGLE STROKE

  1. Round up the exact handicap – eg. Rounding 9.5 exact handicap rounds up to 10 and exact handicap  9.4 rounds down to 9.
  2. If rounded handicap is less than 10 reduce the players exact handicap by 0.2
  3. If rounded handicap is between 10 and 18 reduce the players exact handicap by 0.3
  4. If rounded handicap is between 19 and 22 reduce the players exact handicap by 0.4
  5. If rounded handicap is between 23 and 27 reduce the players exact handicap by 0.5
  6. If rounded handicap is between 28 and 32 reduce the players exact handicap by 0.6
  7. If rounded handicap is more than 32  reduce the players exact handicap by 0.7
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 for each stroke (So for example if the player is 3 strokes under the Course Rating then steps 1 to 7 would be done 3 times)

Its very important to do steps 1 to 7 for each stroke ONE AT A TIME.  If you don’t then its easy to lookup the wrong rate reduction as the reducing exact handicap crosses a handicap range.

When the above, downward adjustment, process is completed, the appropriate winner adjustment is applied

Examples

EXAMPLE ONE

Player has a handicap of 20.4 and wins the competition with 39 stableford.
Net Score is 65  (68+3639)
Player is 3 strokes under the course rating of 68.
1st Stroke Reduction
– 20.4 rounds to 20
-Adjustment for rounded handicap of 20 is 0.4 so new exact handicap is 20.0 (20.4-0.4)
2nd Stroke Reduction
– 20.0 rounds to 20
-Adjustment for rounded handicap of 20 is 0.4 so new exact handicap is 19.6 (20.0-0.4)
3rd Stroke Reduction
– 19.6 rounds to 20
-Adjustment for rounded handicap of 20 is 0.4 so new exact handicap is 19.2 (19.6-0.4)
Adjustment for Winning the comp
-Players handicap is more than 10 so deduct 1.0 from exact handicap 18.2 (19.6-1.0)
NEW EXACT HANDICAP IS 18.2

EXAMPLE TWO
Player has a handicap of 9.5 and wins the Par competition with a +2
Net Score is 66  – 68-(+2)
Player is 2 strokes under the course rating of 68.
1st Stroke Reduction
– 9.5 rounds to 10
-Adjustment for rounded handicap of 10 is 0.3 so new exact handicap is 9.2 (9.5-0.3)
2nd Stroke Reduction
– 9.2 rounds to 9
-Adjustment for rounded handicap of 9 is 0.2 so new exact handicap is 9.0 (9.2-0.2)
Adjustment for Winning the comp
-Players exact handicap at start is less than 10.5 so deduct 0.5 from exact handicap 8.5 (9.0-0.5)
NEW EXACT HANDICAP IS 8.5

EXAMPLE THREE
Player has a handicap of 9.5 and wins the Par competition with a -2
Net Score is 70  – 68-(-2)
Player is 2 strokes over the course rating of 68.

Because the player has won the event there is no adjustment for not playing to handicap.

Adjustment for Winning the comp
-Players exact handicap at start is less than 10.5 so deduct 0.5 from existing exact handicap 9.5 (9.5-0.5)
NEW EXACT HANDICAP IS 9.0

Handicapping New Players

Just to clarify the handicapping for new players, we take the first three cards submitted from Social rounds played with the Club.  Each score on every hole is adjusted to a maximum of a double bogey, for example, if a 7 is scored on a par 4 then the result is adjusted to 6 – a double bogey. The adjusted scores are totalled for each card. The grand total is divided by 3 and the par for Ivanhoe (68) is deducted to arrive at the new handicap.

If a player has an official Golf Australia handicap, then the player will be deemed to be eligible to play in Club Competition immediately with his starting handicap set to his Daily handicap for Ivanhoe Public Golf Course (Blue tees) less 3 strokes.  This adjustment reflects the difference between the course par (68 – used for Club Handicapping) and the ACR (65 – used as a basis for official handicapping).

Re-handicapping of Existing Members

If an existing member has had a long break from playing or has suffered an injury or physical impairment that permanently affects his ability to play to a standard indicated by his existing handicap, then the member can apply to the Club Captain for a review of his handicap to be made.  If the Club Captain is satisfied that a handicap review is warranted on the evidence provided, then the most recent three cards submitted in competition (or social rounds, which will not be subject to existing handicap adjustment) with the Club will be assessed.  At the discretion of the Handicapper and the Club Captain, the scores on these cards might be used for the purposes of re-setting the handicap on the basis given above.  Also at their discretion, an additional two cards might be required to be submitted.

Handicapping for two round competitions

Please note the second round is played with the SAME handicap as the first round. Once the final round is completed then both rounds will be handicapped individually for the following weeks play after the comp is completed. Double championship points are assigned based on the final placings for the two rounds.   The winner adjustment will be applied to both rounds of handicap adjustment and will cancel any outward adjustment for over handicap rounds.  Note: the handicap sheet after the second round will only show the second round adjustment, this is a limitation of the handicapping system.

 

HANDICAPPING. Winner Hcp10+ -1, Hcp<10 -0.5 DCR min=PAR-2 max=PAR+2
DCR:Subtract 1 if >2 players beat,Add 1 if less 2 players beat.
NetScore more than DCR 0-18 +0.3, 19-27 +0.2, >27 +0.2 (2nd place +0)
NetScore less than DCR then subtract per stroke based on table below
0-9 -0.2 10-18 -0.3 19-22 -0.4 23-27 -0.5 28-32 -0.6 Higher -0.7