2018 CONGU Handicapping System

The updated CONGU 2016-2018 manual is now available which includes the changes made for 2018 - please click the link  on the right hand side of this page. 


The principal changes to the 2018 system are:

  • Definitions: Add Buffer Zones for 9-hole competitions for completeness.
  • Qualifying Competitions: Consideration of non-qualifying scores should not be restricted to the Annual Review only.
  • CSS Calculation: Clarify that non-‘c’ handicaps are not to be considered when calculating the CSS.
  • UHS Compliance List: Confirm that Ireland have the authority to adjust handicaps after non-qualifying competitions.
  • CSS Calculation: Buffer Zone or Better calculation to use the Stableford Adjusted Score for Medal Competitions to bring into line with Stableford/Par/Bogey competitions.
  • Initial Handicap Allotment: The formula was missing a ‘)’ making it incorrect – corrected.
  • Retirement of Club and Disability Handicaps: These have been removed from the system, recognising their low impact, and        Category 5 for Men and Category 6 for Men and Women introduced, providing for a maximum handicap of 54.0 for all golfers.
  • Supplementary Scores: Relaxation of rules – no restriction on number per year, no restriction on number per week.
  • CSS Calculation: Clarification of the introduction of Category 4 Men into the calculation.
  • Mixed Tee Competitions: Reinforcement of the One CSS Adjustment Calculation.
  • Definitions: Add initial cards submitted for handicap allotment into the definition of Qualifying Score.
  • Handicap Allowances: Further clarification on the treatment of Plus handicaps.
  • Teeing Ground: Definition moved from Decision 7(a) to Appendix A for clarity.
  • 9-Hole Competitions: Introduce the option of 9-hole Medal Competitions and Open 9-Hole Competitions. Clarify treatment of handicap allowances for mixed tee 9-hole competitions. 
  • Disqualified Scores: Clarify the treatment of use of DMD where first use of a banned function is now a 2-shot penalty.
  • Handicap Adjustments: Confirm the order of application when mixed tees are involved.
  • Handicap Adjustments: Confirm that the adherence to Appendix M for handicap reviews is mandatory, not optional.
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