is there an R next to my handicap index?
The R stands for
reduction. This means the Minnesota Golf
Association has reduced your handicap under section 10-3 of the USGA Handicap
System Manual. Quoting from the MGA
website: “The USGA has a
section in its Handicap System that automatically reduces the Handicap Indexes
of players who consistently score better in competitions than in informal play.
To be used, the procedure requires that a player have two or more eligible
tournament scores and a minimum of two tournament score differentials which are
at least three strokes better than the player's current USGA Handicap Index.”
This is done by the
MGA, not the RRHMC board. You can read
the full 10-3 rule here, including the formula and
table that determines what your reduced handicap index will be and when the
reduction is removed.
Board is allowed to reduce the handicap index further than the MGA if it sees
fit and under limited circumstances the board is allowed to reverse the
reduction, namely do to a player injury.
are match play scores posted as tournament scores?
The short answer is
because the rules of golf state that match play scores have to be posted for
handicap purposes. As far as the
tournament designation (T Score), the RRHMC board determines whether or not a
round is designated as a T score. The
board consulted with the USGA Handicap Coordinator in 2012 and has determined
that posting match play as a T Score is the right way to go. The players should enter these scores as soon
as the match is completed.
do I do if I did not meet the eligibility requirements for the Club
Championship but still want to play?
You can petition the
board and they will review all petitions the week prior to the event. Entry into the Championship is at the
discretion of the board.
don’t we allow members to sign up for majors online?
We have found that
players are more committed to playing in the event if they have paid the entry
fee in advance. Doing this has reduced
no shows and there are no current plans to change this.
is there a NC next to my name on the results page?
The NC stands for No
Card. This shows up on the results sheet
if you take an X on a hole or leave the hole score blank. Your score will be entered for handicap
purposes using ESC.
does ESC mean?
ESC stands for
Equitable Stroke Control. This system is
implemented by the USGA to limit handicap manipulation. This system sets a
maximum score you can enter for a hole.
Handicap range 0-9
Max allowed: Double bogey
Handicap range 10-19
Max allowed: 7
Handicap range 20-29
Max allowed: 8
Handicap range 30-39
Max allowed: 9
Handicap range 40+
Max allowed: 10
An example: A 15
handicap golfer shoots an actual score of 92. This 92 included a 9 on the 15th
hole. This golfer’s score for the event
will be 92, but the score posted for handicap purposes will be 90. (9 minus max
allowable score of 7 is two. The score
is reduced by two.) At RRH we use the
MGA scoring system and this is done automatically.
This is the most
likely reason you may see a score posted for you that is lower than what was on
You can read more
from the USGA
name and score wasn’t included in the results?
There are a couple of
reasons for this. First is that you, or
the person in your group in charge of the card, did not turn it in. Second is that the names and local numbers
were not filled in on the card. (Don’t scoff…this happens 2 to 3 times every
year.) You are responsible to make sure your scorecard in turned in
correctly. If the card is not correct or not turned in promptly after the
round, no score or shootout points will be entered for you in that event.
not sure what score to write down on the scorecard? Gross or Net?
No matter the event,
no matter the format, ALWAYS, ALWAYS,
ALWAYS write down the GROSS
score. To clarify; the gross score is
the actual number of strokes you took on a given hole.
is the policy on postponing / cancelling events due to weather?
If the course is
open, we plan on playing the event. If
there is severe weather, we may need to suspend or cancel the event. Light to moderate rain is not considered
reason enough to suspend or cancel the event. If at all possible we will try to
complete the event on the day it is scheduled.
Cancelling rounds already started will be done in accordance with the
rules of golf.
On Tuesdays, if the
2:30 groups plays the event as scheduled, but the 5:30 group is cancelled due
to weather, the entire event is cancelled.
didn’t know that rule, how can I get a penalty for it?
states that the player is responsible to know all the rules. The rules are linked on our website. Please take the time to brush up on them.