Bunkered all your golfing needs

New handicap rule aims to stop bandits

Fotolia 21249577 Subscription Xl

A new handicapping rule has been introduced for members of English golf clubs to stop rogue players manipulating the system to their advantage.

Over recent years there have been a number of cases of players who protect inflated handicaps, only to repeatedly collect high-value rewards when playing in competitions away from home.

“We’re not talking about a sleeve of balls,” said Gemma Hunter, England Golf’s handicap and course rating manager. “These are big prizes including luxury trips overseas, sets of clubs and electric trolleys.”

It’s essential to do this to protect the integrity of the system

- Gemma Hunter

Now, everyone playing in non-qualifying competitions away from home must return their scores to their home club with players who ignore this responsibility facing the possibility of having their handicap suspended.

Read more -> Social media neglected by a quarter of golf clubs

Fotolia 104818284 Subscription Xxl

England Golf has introduced this clause of the CONGU handicapping system to provide clubs with evidence to support handicap reviews.

“It’s essential to do this to protect the integrity of the system,” added Gemma. “We can’t sit back and let people manipulate the system, but without evidence clubs can’t take any action.”

The new system will highlight players who, for example, take part in as many competitions as possible at home and whose handicaps creep up 0.1 on every occasion – but who repeatedly win prizes away from home.

Similarly, it will show up the players who play the bare minimum of competitions at home, but who are known for their away successes.

It applies to all strokeplay scores returned under competition conditions, including team events. “It’s not about recording every score in a fourball betterball, but returning the team score,” said Gemma.

Read more -> Rules gaffe costs schoolboy hole-in-one

England Golf Logo 1

“If the same individuals or teams keeping winning or coming near the top of leaderboards at events away from home, that should at least indicate to their club handicapping officials that further investigations are required – and the only way to achieve that is by asking for all the scores to be reported.”

Social golf is not affected, but clubs are advised to be aware of performances in swindles which the handicap committee could take into account at the annual review.

England Golf also recommends that clubs which run non-qualifying open competitions should inform the prize winners’ home clubs of their scores.

-

Golf News

25 Best Golf Memes
Lists

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Seve Ballesteros super-fan gets tattoo of his idol
Seve Ballesteros

By Martin Inglis

Irish greenies go to huge lengths to make pitchmark point
Pitchmarks

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Other Top Stories

Rory McIlroy plays down heart irregularity
Rory McIlroy

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Cannabis factory set to be built on golf course

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Ian Poulter receives WGC trophy... 5 years after winning it
Ian Poulter

By Martin Inglis

Paul Casey 'never had an issue' with Monty
Paul Casey

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Tiger Woods' ex opens up on their relationship
Tiger Woods

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Watch Denis Pugh Lessons See all videos right arrow

play button
Lengthen your backswing for more power
Watch
play button
The correct grip will make your swing more consistent
Watch
play button
Align your body at address
Watch
A simple takeaway drill from Denis Pugh
Watch
See all videos right arrow

Join our community
subscribe to our newsletters below