A dis­ap­point­ing dis­cov­ery

Golf Monthly - - Your View - Val Richie, Hove

I’m off 5 and re­cently shot 41 points af­ter declar­ing a sup­ple­men­tary card prior to my round. My cur­rent hand­i­cap (5.2) is the low­est it has ever been and I have as­pi­ra­tions to get into the fours, so was de­lighted that this round was go­ing to mean I had achieved my goal.

How­ever, af­ter hand­ing the card in and email­ing my club secretary, I dis­cov­ered cat­e­gory 1 play­ers can’t hand in sup­ple­men­tary cards. This baf­fled me as I had missed a few com­pe­ti­tions and sim­ply wanted to get my hand­i­cap lower af­ter find­ing some form in the lat­ter part of the sea­son. It didn’t seem fair.

This has made me look for­ward to 2020 and the new World Hand­i­cap Sys­tem, which will al­low play­ers to hand in ev­ery score­card and per­haps have hand­i­caps which are more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of their abil­i­ties.

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