2016-2018 CONGU Handicapping System

The new CONGU 2016-2018 manual is now available - please click the link  on the right hand side of this page. 

The principal changes to the system are:

    • Dates: The handicap year to follow the calendar year, 1 January to 31 December.
    • Preferred Lies: Each Union/Association has discretion to adopt a preferred lie period within its jurisdiction.
    • Competition Handicaps: All Unions/Associations are required to use the ‘c’ handicap status annotation.
    • Four-Ball Better Ball Handicap Allowance: Increased from 75% to 90% for both stroke play and match play.
    • CSS Calculation: Category 4 players are now included for both men and women.
    • Three letter identifiers: Have been restructured and a definitive list has been included in the manual.
    • Initial Handicap Allotment: A new algorithm introduced in line with the Annual Review algorithm. A handicap may be allotted up to a limit of 54 but handicaps over the existingmaxima of 28 for men and 36 for women will be Club Handicaps not eligible for ‘c’ status.
    • Handicaps for Golfers with Disabilities: Continue to be eligible for ‘c’ status but are otherwise administered in the same manner as Club Handicaps until the maximum handicap CONGU® Handicap or lower is reached.
    • Re-activation of handicap: If a player leaves a club with a ‘c’ handicap, this status will remain valid for the year of resignation and for the full following calendar year, should a player join another affiliated club.
    • Re-instatement of handicap status: The re-instatement of a ‘c' status handicap requires the return of 3 qualifying scores. These can be nine-hole scores, 18 hole scores and can include supplementary scores.
    • Qualifying nine-hole score recording: Playing better than or to the buffer zone still requires
    • 18 points to be added to achieve a similar 18-hole outcome and for players within their buffer zones or better this points total continues to be recorded on the handicap record. For handicap purposes only, however, players returning a score outside the buffer zone have their points total doubled on their handicap record to avoid the occurrence of anomalies within the
    • Annual Review process.
    • Exceptional Scoring Reductions: ESRs are no longer compounded and to lessen the severity of the reduction for those players averaging two exceptional scores of -5.5 or -6 the reduction table has been modified. Also nine-hole scores are included for ESR application purposes with 22 points being the trigger. The application of ESRs is mandatory if a Union adopts this procedure. (ESRs continue to be inapplicable in Scotland.)
    • Supplementary Scores: Extensions introduced resulting in Supplementary Scores being:
    • Allowed in Scotland for handicaps of 2.5 and above;
    • Acceptable over nine holes for handicaps of Category 2 and above;
    • Allowed at all GB&I clubs of which the player is a Member;
    • Unlimited in number of scores per year for those players with a handicap between the agreed maximum handicap (28 for men and 36 for women) and 54.
    • Annual Review: There is a new standard report.
    • Continuous Handicap Review: There is now a computer-generated report which flags players with 7 consecutive 0.1 handicap increases. Handicap Committees are recommended to review the performance of such players giving due consideration to applying a handicap increase.
    • Suspension and Loss of Handicap: As per clause 26.1 now handicaps can be restored within 12 months of the date the handicap was lost or suspended as opposed to 6 months in the previous manual.
    • CONGU® club handicaps: A CONGU® Club Handicap is a handicap allotted and adjusted by the Home Club of a Member in accordance with the requirements of Appendix J of the UHS. It is only allotted above the upper limits of 28.0 [36.0] and has an upper limit of 54.0.
 
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