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The integrity of the handicap system is based on the accuracy of the information provided by the members. Not only is each member responsible for reporting scores for every round played under the rules of golf, each member must ensure that the score reported is accurate and timely.
Reviews of the scorecards from the monthly tournaments and the Wednesday sweeps have exposed numerous reporting errors. These include failure to post, failure to adjust, and simple addition errors. All of these errors affect the accuracy of each member's handicap and can provide members with unfair advantages or disadvantages.
In the past, we have either corrected gross errors or let other errors pass. In discussions, the board has decided to implement the following enforcement policy:
Any member who fails to post a round or posts a score that is more than 1 stroke from the proper score will be assessed a penalty round.
The handicap committee will review all scorecards and participant sheets from each Wednesday and monthly competition. Three days after the competition, the scores posted (on the local computer and on the Web) will be compared with the scores from the scorecards. If the score posted does not agree with the scorecard (within one stroke), a penalty round will be assessed. Note this will be enforced even if the score entered is lower than actually achieved.
The penalty round posted will be the equivalent of the lowest score posted from the player's current scoring record. This round will be marked with a "P" and will behave as if it were an actual score entered on the date the penalty is assessed.
Although addition errors seem to be the most common problem, failure to adjust seems to be a consistent problem. The adjustment (known as Equitable Stroke Control or ESC) limits the score a player may use for posting purposes on any hole. For players with a course handicap of 9 or less, the highest score allowed on any hole is double bogey. For players with a course handicap of 10 to 19, the highest score is 7, for Handicap 20-29, the highest score is 8. For handicap 30-39, the highest score is 9 and for handicaps of 40 or more, the highest allowed score is 10.
Please note: the "course handicap" is not the same as a player's "handicap index." It is the course handicap which determines the ESC adjustments to posted scores. Also, the ESC does not limit the score a player records for a competition. It only limits the score a player may use to post for handicap purposes.