All members (men and women) of an English affiliated Club must have submitted at least 3 scores per calendar year in either qualifying competition, Supplementary Scores or 9 hole qualifying events to have an competition handicap(marked with a `c`). Those that have not will have an non competition handicap.
It must be stressed that a non competition handicap is still an official CONGU handicap and can be used as before. A Club may however impose conditions within some competitions whereby those with non competition handicaps are prevented from entering the event or from winning prizes.
Clubs wishing to impose such restrictions however should give all those with a non competition handicap every opportunity to return the stipulated number of qualifying scores required for a competition handicap by competing in qualifying competitions. Restricted them from winning prizes would be permitted.
England Golf will monitor the situation and see whether any amendments to the conditions are required.