Moving towards a world handicap system
a competition at their home club the day before a big tournament at another golf club. They both play well. One enters his score immediately, and the next day wakes up to a lower handicap. The other golfer waits, and keeps his existing handicap for the next day’s event.
To overcome this shortcoming, golf clubs are going to have to make a monumental e ort to ensure that handicap cards are swiped for every round, and that “open” rounds are closed before a golfer can tee o again. Some golf clubs are good at this, others hopeless. It’s a battleground in which the SAGA needs to act decisively.
This form of manipulation would also likely cause complications for the World Handicap System supposedly coming our way in 2018. We are told by HNA that the introduction of a daily revision is a rst step towards embracing that global system. By 2018 all of our 450odd courses, still labouring under their archaic SAGA course ratings, will hopefully have been re-rated according to the USGA system.Very few have been done since the Americans were here two years ago to show us how, but the SAGA’s Eden Thompson said it was hoped to have them done and in place within the next year. With one universal course rating system worldwide, computers will be able to determine daily ratings of courses based on scores posted each day to see if they are outside “a bu er zone.”
Who knows what this “intelligent” globalised handicap system might have in store for us. Perhaps there will even be a way of identifying the cheats who want to damage its reputation.