Rum River Hills Men's Club

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RRH Fequently Asked Quesions (FAQ's)

Updated March 2015

Why 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.

The 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.

Why 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. 

What 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. 

Why 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.

Why 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.

What 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 your card.

You can read more from the USGA here.

My 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.

I’m 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.

How do I find out what my 9 hole handicap is on the Front / Back?

Your 9 hole handicap is determined by your handicap index.  The best way to find this is to look it up on the computer in the club room.  It is not as easy as dividing your 18 hole handicap by two.  Please click here to view a step by step guide to looking it up.  (This will also be posted next to the computer in the club room.)

What 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. 

I didn’t know that rule, how can I get a penalty for it?

Rule 6-1 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.


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