What are sup­ple­men­tary scores?

Sup­ple­men­tary scores could help you to es­tab­lish and re­tain a hand­i­cap more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of your cur­rent play­ing abil­ity. Here, we ex­plain how...

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he pur­pose and ob­jec­tive of The Coun­cil of Na­tional Golf Unions (CONGU’s) Uni­fied Hand­i­cap­ping Sys­tem (UHS) is to en­able golfers of vary­ing abil­i­ties to com­pete on a level. In order for this to hap­pen most ef­fec­tively, each golfer should pos­sess a hand­i­cap as re­flec­tive of their cur­rent play­ing abil­ity as pos­si­ble.

The more hand­i­cap-count­ing rounds an in­di­vid­ual com­pletes each year, the more rep­re­sen­ta­tive his or her hand­i­cap will be. But even though most clubs now or­gan­ise a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions – more than in decades gone by when the monthly medal was about as far as it went – some mem­bers are still un­able to play suf­fi­cient com­pet­i­tive rounds for their hand­i­cap to fully re­flect their stan­dard of play.

Clause 21 in CONGU’s UHS for 20162018 pro­vides a way to ad­dress this. The clause per­tains to sup­ple­men­tary scores, and it al­lows (most) play­ers to sub­mit scores for hand­i­cap pur­poses out­side of des­ig­nated club com­pe­ti­tions. This gives mem­bers more flex­i­bil­ity to dis­play their cur­rent play­ing abil­ity. Sup­ple­men­tary scores can be submitted at any CONGUaf­fil­i­ated club at which the in­di­vid­ual is a mem­ber.

Be­fore go­ing out to play a round from which he or she would like to sub­mit a sup­ple­men­tary score, a player must in­form the club of their in­ten­tion to do so. Gen­er­ally, this will sim­ply mean let­ting ei­ther the sec­re­tary or the pro­fes­sional know, and the in­ten­tion will be recorded.

TYou could be miss­ing out on a golden op­por­tu­nity to lower your hand­i­cap

The player will then com­plete 18 holes (or even nine, which we’ll come on to later) in com­pe­ti­tion-play con­di­tions, in ei­ther stroke play or Stable­ford for­mat, re­turn­ing the com­pleted card as a sup­ple­men­tary score.

No Com­pe­ti­tion Scratch Score (CSS) will be cal­cu­lated, so the sup­ple­men­tary score will be mea­sured against the course’s Stan­dard Scratch Score (SSS). If the net, or net equiv­a­lent, to­tal re­turned is be­low SSS, hand­i­cap will be de­creased ac­cord­ingly. If above the player’s buf­fer zone over SSS (see ta­ble), or if an NR, or no score at all, is re­turned, then the in­di­vid­ual’s hand­i­cap will be in­creased by 0.1.

Sup­ple­men­tary scores are prin­ci­pally in­tended to as­sist play­ers who are ei­ther un­able or un­will­ing to play in com­pe­ti­tions to main­tain an ac­cu­rate hand­i­cap. They can also help to pro­vide more ev­i­dence of play­ing abil­ity for golfers of vary­ing lev­els.

If a player feels his or her hand­i­cap is too low, pre­vent­ing them from be­ing com­pet­i­tive in club com­pe­ti­tions, the sub­mis­sion of sup­ple­men­tary scores could help ad­dress the problem. Each re­turn above buf­fer zone would see

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