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— No more guessing, as your index number will give you a certain number of handicap strokes per particular course and will be an accurate assessment of your scoring ability.
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For each score posted, a handicap differential is calculated. This is to determine which scores are the best scores, taking into account the course difficulty (USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating are both important).The formula is:

Handicap Differential = (Adjusted Gross score – USGA/SCGA Course Rating) x 113 / USGA/SCGA Slope Rating

Using this example:

  • Adjusted Gross Score was 95 at a course with 73.5/130 (USGA Course Rating/Slope Rating)
  • Adjusted Gross Score 95
    Minus the course rating (73.5)
  • Result = 21.5
  • Multiply Result by standard Slope (113) of a golf course: 21.5 X 113 = 2429.5
  • Divide by the slope of the tees played: 2429.5/130 = 18.688 Handicap Differential = 18.7 (rounded)

Once your score file consists of 20 scores, your ten lowest differentials are added together, divided by ten and then multiplied by 96%, the result being your Handicap Index. You do not round the result. Your ten lowest differentials are used, not necessarily the ten lowest scores in your score file.

A player needs a minimum of five scores to calculate a Handicap Index. If a player has at least five but fewer than 20 differentials available, the Handicap Index will be computed as follows:

Your SCGA membership card, tied to your club with the various partner benefits, including the Roger Dunn $15 gift card, is emailed to you by the SCGA. Cards may take up to four weeks for processing and delivery. Membership cards are no longer connected with the delivery of FORE magazine in any way.

Make sure you have made revisionupdate@ghin.com part of your “safesender” list. This is from where the eRevision is currently coming. Make sure the report is not sitting in your spam file. Also, the system is set up to try to deliver an eRevision up to three (3) times. After that, delivery is discontinued. You may print out your Handicap Index information from the SCGA website’s Handicap Index Lookup just by hitting “print.” You may also contact the Handicap Department at handicap@scga.org and another copy of your score file can be emailed to you. Please include your name and member number with your email.
If you don’t wish to renew with your previous club, visit SCGA Clubs Seeking Members to look for our clubs that are currently open for membership. Let them know you already have an SCGA/GHIN number. Once they process your application, you will receive a Handicap Index from that club after the next revision.
The “R” indicates that a golfer is being reduced due to exceptional tournament scores. The reduction is an automatic part of the Index calculation. Eligible tournament scores stay in a stored tournament file for a year from the date they were posted or within the scoring record. Each revision, the computer looks at what the golfer’s calculated (10-2) Handicap Index is. If there are at least two tournament differentials in the file at 3.0 points below the calculated Index, then the golfer may be reduced. The calculation also takes into account the total number of eligible tournament games the golfer has posted. If the golfer has shown they can play to a certain level but the current Index is not reflecting that potential, the system automatically reduces the golfer down to his or her playing potential.

How long it lasts depends upon the calculated index, which is based on the scores the golfer has posted, what the two low tournament differentials are and how many eligible tournament games are in the player’s file.

To be clear, this is not a penalty, but rather part of the formula for calculating a player’s Handicap Index. If you feel this reduction is not warranted, you can speak to your Handicap committee about removing or modifying the reduction.

An adjusted gross score is a player’s gross score adjusted under the USGA Handicap System procedures for unfinished holes, conceded strokes, holes not played or not played under the Rules of Golf, or Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). ESC is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes, in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player’s Course Handicap.

Say a player has a 19 Course Handicap: the most he could post for any hole would be a 7. So if he scored 102 and had an 11 on the sixth hole (a par 5) and had a 9 on hole 14 (a par 4), he would need to deduct four strokes for the sixth hole (11 – 7 = 4) and two on hole 14 (9 – 7 = 2) for a total of six strokes deducted from the 102 gross score. This gives him an adjusted gross score of 96 (102 – 4 – 2 = 96).

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