Ju­nior hand­i­cap sys­tem

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IN Cen­tral Queens­land, Glad­stone Golf Club has de­vel­oped a hand­i­cap sys­tem for ju­nior golfers who play less than 18 holes.

Cen­tral Queens­land Golf As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Gur­ney Clamp said the ju­nior hand­i­cap sys­tem had been in­tro­duced to al­low ju­niors to see how they are pro­gress­ing.

“If we want golf to de­velop in the ju­nior ranks, I think that we need some­thing in place Aus­tralia-wide,” he said.

“We need a sys­tem where a ju­nior on hol­i­days from New South Wales can play golf at a club in Queens­land and be on the same play­ing field.

“It may need some ad­just­ments, but some­thing has to be done by ei­ther state or national golf of­fi­cials, which will al­low districts that are close to each other to be play­ing on a level play­ing field.

The Glad­stone model has been de­vel­oped for ju­niors up to the age of 10 in three-hole di­vi­sions.

The max­i­mum length of the three­hole course is 600m with a min­i­mum of 550m. The max­i­mum hand­i­cap for boys is 30 and girls 36.

Re­duc­tion: Cut 0.4 for each stroke un­der par and give 0.1 back if par is not bro­ken.

Boys progress to a si x- hole com­pe­ti­tion when their hand­i­cap hits 10.4 (10) and girls when their hand­i­cap reaches 17.4 (17).

Ju­niors who move from three- to six-hole com­pe­ti­tions start off on the max­i­mum hand­i­cap – boys 36 and girls 45.

If a player’s ball comes to rest in a bunker, at least one at­tempt must be made to play out the bunker.

If the player is un­suc­cess­ful in hit­ting out of the bunker, they can t hen t ake a drop with­out penalty to the side of the bunker no nearer the hole, but the stroke counts.

All air swings to count.

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