Originally Posted by bjfox10
I was recently elected to the members board at the club that I belong. One of the reasons I ran was because I was sick of seeing tournament net scores that were statistically I'll say "improbable". After discussion at my first board meeting it became apparent that the biggest problem is getting people to post all of the scores that they should post.
I know there's been a couple discussions on what should be and should not be posted but I think that's a different topic. What I'm trying to find is a solution/idea to get people to post more of their scores. If anyone has seen ideas that have worked at their club I love to hear about them...thanks in advance.
Quick question: Are these competitions for members only or are they open to anyone to walk in to play?
If "Open" to anyone, then maybe you could adopt a 3/4 handicap rule. Guy paying off 24 goes to 18, guy off 4 goes to 3. It's something we use over here (Ireland) for team events.
If it is a members comp then I think it's a lot easier. Why not make it mandatory to "sign in" to the comp before the round.
If the player does not return their card post round, impose a penalty that is to be applied to their next round.
We have a very different handicap system over here. You need to sign in, in advance obv, before each round you want to go towards your HC.
If you don't return your card, you get 0.1 added to your HC (there are flaws in that as someone could have had a brilliant round, decide to sandbag, and get a higher HC)
Each bad round you play, the maximum
Increase is 0.1.
So a 10 HC could shoot 10 rounds of 95 but they would only increase there HC by 10 * 0.1's.... Giving them a HC of 11.
It really helps with sandbagging, or should I say, helps to reduce the degree of sandbagging.
Another big positive I see with our system is that you can only ever gain 2 shots each year. A 10 HC this year can only drop to a maximum of12 HC (unless he appeals it... Very rare that an appeal is upheld unless the players health has really deteriorated and can prove that a big physical change has occurred to allow them a higher HC)
All these measures are based on the premise that if you can play to 10 HC, you don't get dramatically worse in any 12 month period.
Another positive with our system is that, while you can only increase your HC by 2 shots in a calendar year, on the opposite side, if you win a tournament or comp then you will be cut for that individual win. And while this cut to HC varies, you would expect a cut of 2 shots.
So a sandbagger only really has one or two chances to win each year.
Sorry for the long post, but it may give you some ideas.
Our HC system is far from perfect, but I think the above aspects are quite good.