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HANDICAP HINTS the SCGA Handicap Y ear in Review BY FRANCES NEE, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF HANDICAP AND MEMBERSHIP A LITTLE ACCOUNTING: 2012 handicap index i n the past year, our retirement funds rode a roller coaster, gas prices rose and California’s debt climbed to an all-time high. But the most important number people at the course want to know is, “What did you shoot?” So how does your golf game match up with your fellow SCGA members? Do you think you posted the most rounds in the association last year? Has your Index improved to be the lowest in the association? Or are you the typical SCGA member who has highs and lows in your golf game? As of Jan. 1, the SCGA had 1,270 golf clubs representing 134,960 members. There are 836 affiliate clubs and 434 golf course facilities. Typically, the number of members will increase to more than 160,000 as those who forgot to pay their club dues for the year return. The average size of a golf course facility is 212 members and the average size of an affiliate club is 51 members. The USGA requires that a golf club have a minimum of 10 members at all times. Los Angeles County has the most SCGA member clubs at 462, including 375 affiliate clubs, but Riv-erside County has the most golf course facilities at 120. Kern County has the highest per-member club average at 160 members. SCGA.ORG The average Handicap Index of an SCGA member is 15.6, with an average of 15.3 for men and 23.3 for women. The lowest Handicap Index in the as-sociation is +6.0 and the highest is 40.4. There are 31,847 SCGA members that have a single-digit Handicap Index. And 1,367 of those have a plus Handi-cap Index. Almost half of the male SCGA members have a Handicap Index between 10.0 and 19.9. That number is almost identical to the USGA Men’s Handicap Index statistics. Approxi-mately 64 percent of the SCGA female members have a Handicap Index of 20.1 or greater. This number is lower than the USGA statistic of 79 percent of women having an Index greater than 20.1. In 2011, SCGA member made it out to the golf course to post 6,168,651 scores! We can only imagine how many rounds were played but not posted. The average, active member of the SCGA posted 35 rounds last year. Two members posted more than 400 rounds! Scott Bobbins of Robinson Ranch GC posted 417 rounds and a Valencia CC member posted 411. There must be something in the water in the Santa Clarita Valley! A total of 4,894 members posted no scores in 2011, while there were 17 players who posted more than 300 games. A total of 357 members posted between 200-299 rounds, 7,949 posted 100-199 and the rest of us posted between 1-99 rounds last year. Accord-ing to the National Golf Foundation, 26 million golfers play an average of 18 rounds per year – but how many of those are actually posted? The SCGA Handicap and Mem-bership Department played and posted an average of seven rounds in 2011. The National Golf Foundation further tells us that 29 percent of golf-ers will shoot between 90-99. Only 5 percent of golfers will average a score of 80 or below. The United States Golf Association says a golfer should only play to his or her handi-cap every 4-5 rounds. Away scores totaled 1,393,464; nine-hole combined scores totaled 95,543; 3,265,660 home scores were posted; 1,725 penalty rounds were is-sued, and 372,795 tournament rounds were posted last year. So what are you resolving to do the rest of 2012? Play and post more rounds? Lower your Handicap Index? Learn more about The Rules of Golf ? Whatever the answer, the SCGA is here to help! Please visit us online at scga. org to learn more about special playing opportunities through our Member Outings Program, Rules of Golf Semi-nars and even tracking your scoring statistics through eGolfer. M A R C H / A P R I L 2012 | FORE Magazine | 51

Handicap Hints

Frances Nee

A LITTLE ACCOUNTING: the SCGA Handicap Year in Review<br /> <br /> In the past year, our retirement funds rode a roller coaster, gas prices rose and California’s debt climbed to an all-time high. But the most important number people at the course want to know is, “What did you shoot?” <br /> <br /> So how does your golf game match up with your fellow SCGA members? Do you think you posted the most rounds in the association last year? Has your Index improved to be the lowest in the association? Or are you the typical SCGA member who has highs and lows in your golf game?<br /> <br /> As of Jan. 1, the SCGA had 1,270 golf clubs representing 134,960 members. There are 836 affiliate clubs and 434 golf course facilities. Typically, the number of members will increase to more than 160,000 as those who forgot to pay their club dues for the year return.<br /> <br /> The average size of a golf course facility is 212 members and the average size of an affiliate club is 51 members. The USGA requires that a golf club have a minimum of 10 members at all times. Los Angeles County has the most SCGA member clubs at 462, including 375 affiliate clubs, but Riverside County has the most golf course facilities at 120. Kern County has the highest per-member club average at 160 members.<br /> <br /> The average Handicap Index of an SCGA member is 15.6, with an average of 15.3 for men and 23.3 for women. The lowest Handicap Index in the association is +6.0 and the highest is 40.4. There are 31,847 SCGA members that have a single-digit Handicap Index. And 1,367 of those have a plus Handicap Index.<br /> <br /> Almost half of the male SCGA members have a Handicap Index between 10.0 and 19.9. That number is almost identical to the USGA Men’s Handicap Index statistics. Approximately 64 percent of the SCGA female members have a Handicap Index of 20.1 or greater. This number is lower than the USGA statistic of 79 percent of women having an Index greater than 20.1.<br /> <br /> In 2011, SCGA member made it out to the golf course to post 6,168,651 scores! We can only imagine how many rounds were played but not posted. The average, active member of the SCGA posted 35 rounds last year. Two members posted more than 400 rounds! Scott Bobbins of Robinson Ranch GC posted 417 rounds and a Valencia CC member posted 411. There must be something in the water in the Santa Clarita Valley!<br /> <br /> A total of 4,894 members posted no scores in 2011, while there were 17 players who posted more than 300 games. A total of 357 members posted between 200-299 rounds, 7,949 posted 100-199 and the rest of us posted between 1-99 rounds last year. AccAccord- A LITTLE ACCOUNTING: the SCGA Handicap Year in Review ing to the National Golf Foundation, 26 million golfers play an average of 18 rounds per year – but how many of those are actually posted?<br /> <br /> The SCGA Handicap and Membership Department played and posted an average of seven rounds in 2011.<br /> <br /> The National Golf Foundation further tells us that 29 percent of golfers will shoot between 90-99. Only 5 percent of golfers will average a score of 80 or below. The United States Golf Association says a golfer should only play to his or her handicap every 4-5 rounds.<br /> <br /> Away scores totaled 1,393,464; nine-hole combined scores totaled 95,543; 3,265,660 home scores were posted; 1,725 penalty rounds were issued, and 372,795 tournament rounds were posted last year.<br /> <br /> So what are you resolving to do the rest of 2012? Play and post more rounds? Lower your Handicap Index? Learn more about The Rules of Golf? Whatever the answer, the SCGA is here to help! Please visit us online at scga. Org to learn more about special playing opportunities through our Member Outings Program, Rules of Golf Seminars and even tracking your scoring statistics through eGolfer.

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