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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 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 Handicap Committee Officers

The DVCC Handicap Committee held elections for our new Chairman and Vice Chairman at our October 13 meeting and would like to announce that Mr. Geoff Brown is our new Chairman and Mr. Mark Sherrill is our new Vice Chairman.


The Committee noted that Mr. Harry Featherstone and Mr. George Paris will complete their memberships on the Committee at the end of the calendar year. They have served the Committee well during their tenure and we thank them for their service to both the Committee and the overall golf program at DVCC.







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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