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it means your Index has been reduced due to excep-tional tournament scores. This is an automatic part of the Index calculation for all golfers when they have two or more tournament rounds that are 3.0 below their calculated Index at the revision. Tell me about ESC. Section 4-3 Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) needs to be used on all scores posted for handicap purposes. The maximum number allotted under ESC is based on your Course Handicap, which may change at each golf course and/or tees you are playing. Always con-vert your Index to a Course Handicap based on the Slope Rating of the tees played. 18-hole Slope Rating will be the average of the two nine-hole ratings. Where can I post online? Section 5-2 If your club has authorized online score posting, you may record your scores at What are Unacceptable Scores? Section 5-1 Not all scores are postable. Here are a few examples of when you cannot post a score: when there is no Course or Slope Rating available, when you have completed fewer than seven holes, when you are playing a round in an area that is observing an inac-tive season, or when the course is less than 3,000 yards for 18 holes. What if I have a score correction? Once a score has been posted, you need to contact your golf club in order to have the score corrected or removed. The SCGA does not perform score correc-tion requests directly from individual members. How is an Index calculated? Section 10-2 The Handicap Index is based on your lowest 10 handicap differentials, not necessarily your lowest 10 scores. If your score file contains 20 rounds at the revision, the Index will be calculated by averag-ing your lowest 10 handicap differentials and then multiplying by 96 percent (Bonus for Excellence). What is the Maximum Handicap Index? The maximum Handicap Index for a male is 36.4, and 40.4 for a female. What is a Reduced Handicap Index? Section 10-3 If you have the letter R after your Handicap Index, SCGA.ORG EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL 18-Hole Course Handicap 9 or less 10-19 20-29 30-39 40+ 9-Hole Course Handicap 4 or less 5-9 10-14 15-19 20+ Par 3 5 7 8 9 10 Par 3 5 7 8 9 10 Maximum Score to Post Par 4 6 7 8 9 10 Maximum Score to Post Par 4 6 7 8 9 10 Par 5 7 7 8 9 10 Par 5 7 7 8 9 10 What if we’re all playing from different tees? Section 3-5 If players are competing against one another but playing from different tees, or men and women are playing from the same tees, an additional adjust-ment needs to be made to the players’ Course Handicap. The player competing from the higher Course Rating will add additional strokes to his or her Course Handicap equal to the difference in the two Course Ratings. Have a burning handicap question? Visit the Handicap section on, or email N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 0 | FORE Magazine | 53

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