Rum River Hills Men's Club

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RRHMC Handicap Oversight and Review

The RRHMC uses the USGA handicap system and has a Handicap Committee charged with maintaining and reviewing our players handicaps. 

For 2018, the Rum River Hills handicap committee is comprised of: Pete Hoover (Chair), John French, Devin Holmes.

On this page you will find:

1. A brief overview of how the system works.
2. What the USGA and RRHMC expects from players using a USGA handicap.
3. The role of the club Handicap Committee; including club specific areas of concern and actions that may be taken by the Handicap Committee. 
4. Automatic Adjustments to Handicap Index.
5. Method for reducing Handicap Index.
6. List of members with a reduced Handicap Index.

1. The USGA Handicap System

The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The System provides a fair Course Handicap for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player's Handicap Index up or down as the player's game changes. At the same time, the System disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player's potential ability and promotes continuity by making a Handicap Index continuous from one playing season or year to the next. A Handicap Index is useful for all forms of play, and is issued only to individuals who are members of a licensed golf club. The Rum River Hills Men's Club is a licensed golf club and is therefore eligible to issue USGA Handicap Indexes.

2. Player Responsibilities

Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System and each are expected from all RRHMC members:

      1.    Each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round and

      2.   Each player will post every acceptable round for peer review. Rounds played alone are not acceptable to be posted. 

A player must complete 7 holes for 9-hole score and 13 holes for an 18-hole score. For incomplete rounds, the player should record par plus any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on the incomplete hole(s). This situation happens most often in match play when you decide not to complete all holes after a match is won.

A player who starts, but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke must record for handicap purposes the most likely score. The most likely score may not exceed the player's Equitable Stroke Control limit

A player that observes actions by another player that are not within the spirit of the handicapping system should report them to the handicap committee via the Contact Us page on the website (this can be done anonymously), leaving a note the the drop box or speaking to a member of the Handicap Committee. We understand that you may not want to give your name, but it may be helpful if questions arise.  

"Equitable Stroke Control"  (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's Course Handicap. The RRHMC scoring computer automatically reduces holes to their ESC maximum.  But players are responsible for adjusting all of their non RRHMC competition scores prior to entry.

The ESC Maximums are

Handicap Range         Maximum Allowable Score on a Hole

9 and below Double Bogey

10 - 19 7

20 - 29 8

30 - 39 9


3. The Handicap Committee

An essential element of the USGA Handicap System is the Handicap Committee. Each golf club or authorized golf association utilizing the USGA Handicap System must appoint a Handicap Committee to ensure the integrity of each Handicap Index it issues. This Committee must make certain that the members comply with the USGA Handicap System.

The Handicap Committee is authorized to modify or withdraw a Handicap Index of a player who does not return all acceptable scores, or does not otherwise observe the spirit of the USGA Handicap System. The Handicap Committee has the authority to increase or decrease the Handicap Index of a player who, because of exceptional circumstances, has a Handicap Index that is too low or too high.

Below are some of situations that warrant an automatic review of players handicap and a possible reduction. This is not a complete list of situations, but the most likely to occur.  

1. The Committee, at the beginning of each season, shall compare the memberships current index to the index at the end of last season to look for major changes

-If an increase in handicap index of 40% or higher occurs between October 1st and April 1st the member shall be subject to a handicap review. 

2. A player that doesn't enter scores immediately after play. 

-If the player fails to post his score, before the next update (1st and 15th of the month), his handicap will be reduced or adjusted to the index he would have had if the score had been posted promplty.

-If it is determined that the player intentionally failed to post a score to manipulate his handicap, a penalty score in addition to the unposted score, will be added to his score history. Repeated violation of this rule may result in additional disciplinary action.

3. A player that shoots a net 65 for better in a RRHMC event. 

-A net 65 or better is an exceptional score and, under normal circumstances should not occur at any frequency. 

4. A player is brought up to the Committee by other members.

5. Injuries

The Handicap Committee is also concerned with long term injuries that negatively impact a players ability to play to his typical handicap. The committee requires any player that faces such an injury to report it to the Handicap Committee if a higher handicap is requested.

-The committee will consider whether to temporarily increase the players handicap.

-The committee will expect open and regular communication from the player in regard to his condition and the conditions impact on his ability to play golf.

-The committee will also monitor the player and immediately reduce the players handicap index once there is evidence that the player has recovered from his injuries. This is not meant to be punitive, however a reflection of the players demonstrated ability while healthy. 

The handicap review process will include, but not limited to the following:

Are all scores being posted?

Is proper ESC being used?

Are correct course, tees and ratings being used?

Are there anomalies in scores posted (too many, too few, duplicates or other unusual activity)?

How many AWAY or winter scores posted?

Is member currently under a USGA Rule 10.3 Automatic reduction?

Is the member consistently in the top 10 in money won?

4. Automatic Handicap Adjustments:

1. From the USGA:

Your handicap index may be lowered with an R next to it.  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 or handicap committee.  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 Handicap Committee 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. 

2. An upward ceiling will be placed on rising handicaps, based on member's low index during the last 12 mos (LoIN-12mo)

1. For members whose low index in the last 12 months (LoIN-12mo) is 5.1 or higher: their index is limited to 150% of LoIN-12mo.

2. For members whose LoIN-12mo is 5.0 or lower: their index in limited to a 2.5 stoke increase. 

3. From the RRHMC Handicap Committee:

The RRHMC Handicap Committee will automatically reduce the handicap index of any player that:

1. Shoots a net 60 or lower score in any RRHMC event or

2. Shoots two or more net 65 or lower scores in any RRHMC event in a calendar year.

5. Method for determining reduction of index:

Members falling into the automatic handicap reduction with have the lowest or either:

-The USGA 10.3 reduction, or

-A recalculated index using the following formula: Use average of five best differentials of their last 20 rounds posted. Average differential x (.96) rounded down to the nearest tenth

All reductions will be re-evaluated at each handicap revision.

6. List of members with a reduced handicap index.  



 

 
 

2012 RRHMC

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