Originally Posted by David in FL
In my experience, the only people who think it's "commonly accepted" are those that carry a CONGU handicap and for some reason want to believe that they're better than someone with a like handicap obtained under the USGA system.....
No they aren't. Supplemental rounds (casual golf) are allowed and more often than not make up the vast majority of rounds posted for many players under CONGU. In fact, this year CONGU is encouraging more supplemental rounds to be posted. They've removed any restriction on the number of "qualifying scores" that had to have been returned in the prior year in order to post supplementary scores.
A supplementary round is no different than every round I play with my buddies. The only difference is that I must post mine, while under CONGU a player who doesn't feel particularly chipper that day can decide before the round that they won't be posting the result.
That's probably the biggest complaint that I hear about CONGU. The golfer who only posts a handful of scores each year (if any) even though he plays often. His handicap can be vastly different from his actual playing ability.......either higher, or lower. Either way, if someone chooses not to post supplemental rounds, their handicap may not be an accurate reflection of their current ability/potential but rather more of last year, or even several years ago.
I shouldn't have went there re the 2-3 shots, I think your system is better so I'll leave it at that
In theory, what you say is somewhat correct, but the reality is very different.
I have handed in 2 supplementary cards (I play most of my golf in my club) this year and not one of them is on my HC record.
The guidelines state that you can only hand in up to 10 supplementary scores each year. That doesn't make up the majority of rounds for any active golfer.
You can only decrease your HC with a supplementary round, thus many players with a poor score don't even bother.
Your handicap cannot increase as a result of a poor supplementary round*
They should, but they don't, and they don't because HC Secretaries in clubs (whose unpaid job it is to record this) don't even record good scores 99% of the time.
I am active in an Irish golfing forum and we have regular society rounds, not once has anyone been cut for a supplementary score in 3 years.
*In theory a HC secretary should (but it rarely happens) review each players scores at least yearly to see if they are due a manual adjustment. It rarely happens, and an increase in HC due to a review is almost unheard of.
From the Golfing Union of Ireland http://www.gui.ie/handicap-manual/congu_2012_correct-pdf.aspx
Don't get me wrong though, your system is far far better.
It's my first year playing club golf and I started to get to grips with my scoring in Aug/Sept.
By Oct I was shooting 86-90 scores regularly in my weekly club competition... However, they were Non Qualifying rounds (for HC purposes) as, with the weather over here, we were playing with placing everywhere.
It's quite frustrating, I am actually playing competitive golf for the last 3 months and the same rules (Placing) applies to everyone playing but yet these rounds don't get calculated as part of my HC.
So Oct - March is our Winter Rules Session (placing, bunkers out of play poss, etc) and during this time my HC won't change as a cut is reliant on my HC Sec (who is a volunteer in fairness) looking at my scores and reviewing them manually.... and before you say it I have sent him an email asking him to review them as I would like to get cut.
It's a crap system, but at least it means we are generally sandbagging (due to the system) 2-3 shots when playing you guys