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Competitions that affect handicaps

Qualifying scores and competitions

Scores that are returned from qualifying competitions are used to adjust your handicap.

The CONGU Unified Handicapping System gives England Golf the authority to restrict competitions that may be recognised for handicapping purposes.

To help players and clubs, we issue a list of organisations that can run qualifying competitions every year.

Some events are not recognised as qualifying competitions, including:

  • Overseas competitions
  • Professional events including any qualifying competition/school

Although there are some exceptions such as:

  • Regional and final qualifying for all R&A championships, such as The Open
  • The Seniors Open Championship
  • The Ricoh Women’s British Open and selected LET Access events

Preferred Lies

The current Preferred Lies period runs from 1 October 2019, through to 30 April 2020.

After consideration, consultation and review, England Golf will be extending the Preferred Lies period until 31 May 2020.

This decision has been based on the severe weather that has been experienced over recent weeks, and its impact.

Preferred Lies are for closely-mown areas (fairways and green fringes only), England Golf will be reviewing this extension period during April 2020.