Handicapping Policies and Procedures
Notice to Members
The Handicap Committee, appointed by officers of our golf club, is responsible for all aspects of the USGA Handicap System. Our Committee includes a Handicap Chair who has been certified by the Oregon Golf Association. We are obligated and committed to ensure the integrity of each Handicap Index we issue. In the interest of fairness, and because we are compelled by our license with the OGA/USGA, we will provide education as well as uphold the rules of the Handicap System. These regulations are required so our club can assure equity in our games.
Please do not hesitate to direct any questions or concerns regarding this policy to our Handicap Committee: Laurilee Hatcher or Patti Youngren.
The Handicap Committee has set forth the following policies and procedures for all members carrying USGA Handicap Indexes:
· Each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played.
· All acceptable rounds must be posted for peer review, including 9 hole scores and incomplete rounds where at least 7 of 9 or 13 of 18 holes were completed.
· Scores must be posted within five days of the round being played.
· Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) must be applied to all scores for posting purposes.
· The principles of the Rules of Golf must be followed.
All acceptable scores must be posted using the following methods:
· Posting computer at Cross Creek
· Posting computer at any golf course when playing away
· Using the internet www.ghin.com
Disciplinary Actions for player manipulating their Handicap Index or failing to post scores: Players not posting scores within five days and/or manipulating scores by posting erroneous scores, stopping play after 6 or 12 holes to avoid posting, or repeatedly playing extra balls or otherwise not abiding by the rules to avoid posting, could incur a penalty, as outlined by the OGA below:
· First failure to post or act of manipulation of your score could result in a verbal warning.
· Second failure will result in a written warning.
· Third failure will result in the appropriate penalty round issued for scores not posted
· After your third failure to post your score or continued manipulation of your scores, further disciplinary action will be taken as the Handicap Committee deems fair and equitable.
A player must earn a Handicap Index. No player has an inherent right to a Handicap Index without providing full evidence of ability to our club’s Handicap Committee. The Committee has the ultimate authority and obligation to adjust or withdraw a Handicap Index if it deems it necessary to do so.
OGA Season Dates, Handicap Revisions, Active/Inactive Season
· Handicap Indexes will be updated on the 1st and 15th of each month, as per the USGA National Revision Schedule.
· OGA active handicapping season begins March 1st. The last day to post a score is November 30. The last official Handicap Index update of the season is December 1.
· No local scores can be posted during the off-season (December 1 – the last day of February). However, rounds played in sun-belt states must continue to be posted in a timely fashion.