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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.

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