Junior handicap system
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.