Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE - PAUL CROWTHER

When is Eng­land Golf go­ing to in­tro­duce a 12-month time lapse be­fore a hand­i­cap is in­creased, rather than just pe­nal­is­ing ev­ery bad or so-so round by 0.1 ev­ery time?

At my club, you can win a county com­pe­ti­tion (and plenty of cash) and then play rub­bish in a hand­i­cap qual­i­fier so you get your shots back, ready for the next county com­pe­ti­tion. These play­ers are us­ing the sys­tem to beat it. I am afraid that a pro­por­tion of to­day’s golfers do not see a re­duc­tion in hand­i­cap as a re­flec­tion on how good they are, but see it as a hin­drance to their golf­ing prize funds and will use ev­ery method at their dis­posal to re­sist a hand­i­cap re­duc­tion. It is no longer a sur­prise to see dou­ble fig­ures on score­cards, just so play­ers can ‘win back’ their orig­i­nal hand­i­cap. For the love of our game, Eng­land Golf needs to shut this ‘0.1’ sys­tem down be­cause I and many other hand­i­cap com­mit­tee mem­bers are be­ing cas­ti­gated through­out the land.

TG’S Michael Catling found out how tough par 3s can be at Fox­hills.

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