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henever a club con- tacts me about modi-

fying the Handicap Index of one of its members, I recommend three things: Have your facts

straight (and state them) as to why your club is taking such decisive steps (e.g., on these dates you played but did not post a score; on this date you scored a 78 but posted it as an 86; you (and your partner) won this tournament, this tourna- ment, this tournament and placed second in this tournament, etc.). Come up with some


sort of methodology for how you arrive at the modified value. Do NOT just pick a number out of thin air. By creating a methodology, you establish a precedent that can be repeated in the future, thereby demonstrat- ing how even-handed you are in the dispensing of your penalty actions. Before the action be-


comes effective, the Handi- cap Committee must give the player an opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the proposed adjustment, either in writing or by appearing before the

By Jim Cowan Director of

Course Rating & Handicapping


Committee. In other words, you must give the golfer an opportunity to “appeal” before the modification goes into effect. This can easily be achieved. Notify

Conduct – Part III In the previous two issues I reviewed various penalty actions at the club’s disposal to

bring a “problem” golfer’s handicap into line. As promised, in this issue I’ll review the steps necessary to invoke a handicap modification, along with some innovative tools to assist a club in the decision-making process.

a password-protected, GHIN-developed website that clubs can access to perform all sorts of critical roster and scoring transac- tions. It also includes a trea-

see that a golfer’s average differential in tournaments is several strokes lower than in non-tournaments, alarms should be sounding. The site will even perform

The data can be arranged and sorted in any manner that you like.

calculations of your choosing on a selected set of scores . . .say best three of 10 most recent tournament scores or best 10 of 20. In other words, the methodology that I referenced above can now be at your fingertips in an adjustable feature known as “Playing Indicator.” My favorite feature by far is accessed by selecting a golfer’s “Eligible T-scores.” In most cases this would include just those T-scores recorded within the past 12 months. The feature performs two comparisons: The differential

1 Eligible T-scores selection

the golfer that the proposed modification will go into effect on September 1 for a period of six months and that a meeting has been scheduled for August 25 to finalize the decision. The golfer’s presence at the meeting (or response prior to it) is welcome. With or without a response, the ac- tion can now be put in place. But where can you get

your hands on data to sup- port your decision? You turn to “GHP Online-Club.” “GHP Online-Club” is

sure trove of data, including every round recorded by every member dating back to the summer of 2008! And better yet, this data

can be arranged and sorted in any manner that you like . . .tournament scores only . . .non-tournament scores only. . .tournament scores from a specific golf course only and/or on a specific day of the week only. . .etc. The site will also

automatically compute an average differential for the selected set of scores. If you

derived from the round versus the golfer’s current Handicap Index and, more importantly, The differential de-


rived from the round versus the golfer’s Handicap Index at the time of that round. If the golfer outperformed his or her Handicap Index that round, the site will tell you by how much and will highlight the net differential in red. They say a picture is

worth a thousand words. If instead of just one red highlight for every five T-scores, you are faced with a sea of red, it is time for intervention.

SUMMER 2012 / NCGA.ORG / 69

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