NO LENIENCY FOR PENALTY SCORES
Handicaps Network Africa have had concerning reports of golf clubs showing leniency to members who incur penalty scores. A penalty score must be issued to a player who fails to enter a score within 72 hours.They are issued to ensure all handicaps are kept up to date, and to stop people from delaying exceptional scores.While it is acceptable to remove penalty scores in certain instances, when a system error occurs or when a player can prove they made every effort to input the score, clubs should be encouraged to retain the penalty score. Every golf club should have a handicapper responsible for the equitable application of all handicap rules and controls.The spirit of the system must be upheld, and perceived manipulation of handicaps investigated. Repeatable good scores by a player must be reflected by an appropriate reduction in handicap.The handicapper should watch out for particularly high (or low) scores in non-competition rounds, or rounds played away from home, and possibly recalculate a player’s handicap omitting these scores.