Mov­ing to­wards a world hand­i­cap sys­tem

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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.

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