There are several vanity handicappers in our club-without-real-estate. One guy in particular is especially obvious. Every year he shoots like a 12-14 handicapper during our events in June-August but manages to put up several single-digit differentials during the year while playing "away" from the group. He records scores from higher rated tees (we play the "blue" tees but he records his score as having played the "black') and his use of ESC is improper. For example, he shot "90" but recorded the score as an "83" even though proper ESC would have only reduced him to "87". If he has a really bad day he will not turn in a score card (DQ) or quit the round with a couple holes to play (DNF). Last year he recorded a long string of low single-digit "away" differentials after our competitive season was over. Those scores from 2012 are still keeping his handicap index at 6.4.
His 2013 tournament gross scores have been: DNF, 95, DQ for no card, 89, 94, 91, 90, 94 and DQ for no card. Prior years have produced similar results.
With a sandbagger you can cut his handicap to make him less competitive, a fitting penalty. So in theory one would reverse the process for a vanity handicapper and increase his handicap. Of course, making him more competitive doesn't seem like much of a penalty. His ego may take a hit when he sees his index increased to 9.0. Somehow, however, possibly winning might soothe the hurt feelings.
Ultimately, I guess maybe the best approach is to ignore him. Let him wear his low single-digit "badge" while finishing in last place every time in the "A" flight. At least I know there are only 23 guys in the "A" Flight to beat each tournament, not 24! Oh, and maybe put him in a foursome with the other vanity handicappers for our season ending scramble.
Anyone have any thoughts on a fitting penalty for vanity handicaps?