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NCGA Giving Players 95% of their Course Handicap

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I live in Northern California and our competitive calendar was released yesterday. As I was viewing the events in which I want to participate, I noticed the USGA is recommending golfers receive 95% of their course handicap for competition. Is this to compensate for the loss of the .96 multiplier in the index calculation. or for some other reason? When competing in these events last year, we received 100% of our course handicap.It seems odd to me that we get a new index/course handicap calculation, and then the USGA back-doors the old calculation.

I have linked the tournament calendar for those who may be interested. 

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Presumably, these recommendations are based on the vast number of scores collected over the past decade or more.  The recommendations are in Appendix C of the Rules of Handicapping.  I don't remember seeing a discussion of the reasons behind this particular change.

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Most likely it's to help even out the fields, because it's always easier for a higher handicapper to shoot a lower net score than a lower handicapper.

That said… 95% isn't much. A stroke for those above 10 and until you get to 31… still just a stroke.

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Thank you @Sean_D and @DaveP043.  I was not aware of the new USGA recommendation.  As handicap chairman I need that be aware of this.  

We flight our competitions so I am hesitant to apply this additional adjustment.  Our B Flight might have almost 30 guys with course handicaps of 8 to 12.  I see no reason to automatically cut the 10-12 guys a stroke.  Some may deserve it but others won't.  Something to ponder during the off season.

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3 hours ago, bkuehn1952 said:

Thank you @Sean_D and @DaveP043.  I was not aware of the new USGA recommendation.  As handicap chairman I need that be aware of this.  

We flight our competitions so I am hesitant to apply this additional adjustment.  Our B Flight might have almost 30 guys with course handicaps of 8 to 12.  I see no reason to automatically cut the 10-12 guys a stroke.  Some may deserve it but others won't.  Something to ponder during the off season.

If you read the appendix, they suggest that for fields of 30 players or less, no reduction is required.  That might apply to any individual flight.

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Thanks for the replies, guys. Course handicaps are what they are, and I don't get upset over gaining/losing a stroke or two (or however many). It just seems curious to me that the USGA was instrumental and influential in the WHS and yet their recommendations look a lot like the old USGA calculation. That being said, your responses make sense and shed light on the situation.

In reality, as long as everyone in the field/flight are playing under the same rules, it is a fair competition and the rest is up to the competitor. 

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23 hours ago, Sean_D said:

I have linked the tournament calendar for those who may be interested. 

Why not contact the Northern California Golf Association

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If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us in the Rules & Competitions Department at 831-625-4653.

 Your association runs a season long series, much different than Amateur Events in the STL area.
We have the golf channel am tour locally,
but I wish had an opportunity to play in local events with a chance to play Poppy Hills in the finals. 🙂

 

 

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On 1/15/2020 at 8:52 AM, Club Rat said:

Why not contact the Northern California Golf Association

In my experience they are notoriously bad at answering/returning email.

Edited by Sean_D

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