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HANDICAP HINTS Incomplete holes, conceded strokes and other wrinkles M Wait! You’re a new golfer and don’t have an Index yet. What ESC should you be using? Men use the maximum USGA Handicap Index of 36.4 and women use the maximum USGA Handicap Index of 40.4 to convert to a Course Handicap based on the Slope Rating. Once the Course Handi-cap has been determined, use the ESC maximum to adjust your score. Until you have established a Handicap Index, this Course Handicap may or may not be the number used in tournament play. Check with your club’s Handi-cap Chair for more information and instruction for your particular club. Golf is a game of honesty and integrity. May you learn more about yourself as you learn more about this game! y BY GERI DECK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, HANDICAP AND MEMBERSHIP our score may need to be adjusted for incomplete holes, conceded strokes or holes not played or not played under “The Principles of the Rules of Golf.” For holes that you picked up on or when you are conceded a stroke, you must record your “most likely score.” This is the number of strokes (including penalty strokes) you have already taken plus, in your best judgment, the number of strokes needed to complete the hole from that point. Place an X in front of your score (i.e., X6) so it is easily identified that you did not hole out. You must also adjust your score if you did not play a hole (ex., because of darkness) or did not play it under “The Principles of the Rules of Golf” (ex., used a “mulligan”). For these holes, you would post par plus any handicap strokes to which you were entitled on that hole. However, be careful in tournament play as you may be required to hole out depending upon the format of play. You always post your adjusted gross score. That is the gross count of strokes at each hole, adjusted for the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC), and/or any of the adjust-ment listed above and penalties. The ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on his or her Course Handicap. With a Course Handi-cap of 21, on the ESC table, the maximum number you can post is eight. Example: You had a gross score of 100 with a 10 on the 7th hole and a nine on the 13th hole. With a maximum of eight on any hole, you would deduct two from the 7th hole and deduct one from the 13th hole for a total of three. Your adjusted gross score is 97 (100 minus 3). Equitable Stroke Control COURSE HANDICAP MAXIMUM NUMBER ON ANY HOLE 9 or less 10 through 19 20 through 29 30 through 39 40 or more Double Bogey 7 8 9 10 SCGA.ORG 62 | FORE Magazine | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2012
Incomplete holes, conceded strokes and other wrinkles
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