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Change to Score Posting Policy Coming October 1

There will be substantial change to handicapping policies and procedures with the adoption of the new World Handicap System (WHS) beginning in 2020. One of those changes is anticipated to be the practice of updating Handicap Indexes daily — not just on the 1st and 15th of the month. Additionally, the WHS will use the daily scoring performance of the field to evaluate whether course conditions warrant any adjustment to the individual scores posted on that day.

 

Current practices allow Members to post an acceptable score within three days of play. However, the impact of these changes means that golfers will now need to post scores on the day of play. Otherwise, handicaps will not reflect the full range of acceptable scores (and any course condition adjustments) during the updating process.

 

Thus, the Handicap Committee intends to emphasize the process of change by modifying its policy for score posting to require that all scores be posted on the day of play, rather than within 3 days of play. This change in policy will take place on October 1, 2019. 

 

The DVCC Handicap Committee recognizes the significance of this change as well as the implications for changing behavior. Currently, the vast majority of Members post their score on the day of play. However, there are a number of Members who still delay their posting.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Committee at dvcchcom@gmail.com if you have questions or comments on the policy.

 

New World Handicap System Coming 2020

The World Handicap System (WHS), to be implemented in 2020, will transform the way handicaps are calculated around the world.

The new system will feature:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes (replacing 5 rounds or 90 holes) from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds but with some level of local discretion to set this number.
  • A consistent handicap that is portable internationally using the USGA Course and Slope Rating System.
  • An average based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best 8 of the last 20 scores (replacing best 10 of last 20) and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course & weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course/weather conditions calculations.
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey as the max hole scores (for handicap purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender.

It is not intended to force a change to the way golf is played. Rather it is to enable golfers of different ability to play and compete on a fair and equitable basis; be easy to understand and implement; and meet the varied needs and expectations of golfers worldwide.

Existing scoring records will be retained and, where possible, be used to calculate a handicap under the WHS.

We do not know all the specifics yet, but will continue to keep you aware of the changes as they are available. To learn more about the issue, visit the USGA and VSGA websites.

 

New Rules of Golf for 2019

Significant changes to The Rules of Golf will become effective January 1, 2019 – making the rules easier to understand and apply as well as making the game faster and fairer. Please read the new rules at www.usga.org/rules before the beginning of the new golf season.

Here are some of the more important differences:

  • Penalty eliminated if ball accidentally moves on the putting green or when searching for it.
  • When the original location of your ball is not known, replace it on its estimated location.
  • Your relief area for dropping a ball will be a fixed size of either one or two club-lengths using the longest club in your bag, other than your putter.
  • You may drop a ball from knee height, falling through the air without touching your body or equipment.
  • Balls must come to rest in the relief area where it was dropped or it must be redropped.
  • A fixed distance of the longest club in your bag, other than your putter, will be used for measuring.
  • Time for looking for a lost ball is reduced to 3 minutes.
  • You may always substitute a ball when taking relief.
  • Relief is allowed without penalty for an embedded ball anywhere(except in sand) in the “general area” (a new term for “through the green”).
  • In taking lateral relief, you will drop within two club-lengths of where your ball entered the penalty area. See definition for fixed distance measuring.
  • One of your options for relief from either a red or yellow penalty area will be called back-on-the-line relief.
  • After a ball has been lifted and replaced, you would always replace your ball on its original spot, even if it was blown by the wind or moved for no clear reason.
  • Players can repair spike marks or other damage on the green at any time, and they can touch the line of their putt as long as they don’t improve it.
  • No penalty if your ball played from the putting green (or anywhere else) hits the unattended flagstick in the hole.
  • Players can ground their clubs in penalty areas and remove loose impediments from penalty areas and bunkers.
  • Committees are given the discretion to mark any penalty area as red so that lateral relief is always allowed. Relief from a red penalty area is no longer allowed on the opposite side from where the ball last entered the penalty area.
  • Players can take a drop outside a bunker for an unplayable ball (in line with the hole) for a two stroke penalty.
  • A club damaged during a round can continue to be used, even if you damaged it in anger. You cannot replace a damaged club during a round if you were responsible for the damage.
  • Penalties for a double hit are eliminated, and your ball will be played as it lies.
  • Distance measuring devices will be allowed unless a Local Rule prohibits their use.
  • “Ready golf” is encouraged; a recommendation is provided for players to take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke.
  • No penalty if your ball in motion is accidentally deflected by you, your equipment or your caddie.
  • “Reasonable judgement” is allowed to mark balls or measure an area where taking a drop.
  • A Local Rule permits an alternative to the stroke-and-distance penalty for balls lost or hit OB. Instead of hitting a provisional or returning to the tee, the Local Rule will let you drop in the fairway with a two stroke penalty.

Note that these are only summaries. Please read the entire text of changes to avoid any misunderstandings.

 

 

 

 

Handicap Committee Announces Scheduled Peer Review Dates

The Handicap Committee conducts random peer reviews throughout the golf year to audit the timely posting of scores for acceptable rounds completed. Alternating between a weekday and weekend day, the Committee compares the tee sheet of players recorded as playing with scores actually posted to a Member's GHIN record. When a score is noted as not posted, the Committee may correspond with the Member to determine whether or not the round should have been posted.

 

To assist Members in knowing when these audits are scheduled, the Committee has published its planned schedule of reviews. Please take a moment to note these dates.

MGA Board Members Elected

At the MGA Fall Dinner on November 9, Bob Garrigan and Brandon Koethe were re-elected to continue to serve on the MGA Board. Additionally, George Rudy, who was already serving as the Treasurer for the MGA, was elected as a new Board Member for 2018. George replaces George Paris, who is stepping down after serving on the Board as the Sponsorship Chairman. We thank George Paris for his outstanding contributions to the MGA. 

 

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When registering for a tournament in Golf Genius, you will be asked to provide your member number. This number is the first letter of your last name, followed by 4 digits. So if your membership number is Z99, you will enter Z0099. For invitational members, use 08 followed by your 3 digit number (i.e. 08XXX). 

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