Handicap

The USGA Handicap System™ enables golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equitable basis. This section of the site will help golfers understand why having a Handicap Index® is important. There are links to "The USGA Handicap System" manual, the USGA's handicapping equivalent of "The Rules of Golf", and a Course Handicap™ calculator to allow players to convert their Handicap Index to the Course Handicap for any course that has been properly rated. Articles and resources are available for anyone interested in starting a golf club or for current Handicap Committee chairmen who need assistance in maintaining handicaps for their respective clubs. The current version of the USGA Handicap System went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, and the next revision will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Any modifications to the System are noted on this Web site. 

 

 

 

 

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Appendix C JUNIOR PAR

Junior par is the adjustment of par to realistic levels for junior players of various ability levels. Junior par provides a realistic standard against which a junior can measure improvement until acquiring a game capable of being measured against par. A Handicap Index for juniors is calculated by the formula in Section 10. A Handicap Index is converted to a Course Handicap for the course being played.

C-1. Establish Junior Playing Levels

Using junior par, players are identified as beginner, intermediate, or advanced players. A beginner will have a Course Handicap of 41 or above; an intermediate will have a Course Handicap from 25 through 40; and an advanced junior player will have a Course Handicap under 25. (Course Handicap for juniors based on USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating is normally established from the forward tees.)

The golf club can categorize the abilities of juniors who do not have a Handicap Index by other methods. For example, some golf clubs have their beginners play only three or six holes until they can achieve a target score. Then they move on to playing nine holes, and eventually 18 holes. The club might designate its three-hole or six-hole players as beginners and the nine-hole and 18-hole players as intermediates until they develop a Course Handicap of 24 or better.

C-2. Establish Junior Par

Junior par for any hole is based on the yardage of the hole measured from the forward tees and the ability of the junior player. The following tables show how junior par is calculated for girls and boys.

Girls

 

Junior Par for Hole Length (in yards)

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Beginner

90 or less

91-160

161-230

231-300

301-370

371-440

441+

Intermediate

140 or less

141-250

251-355

356-470

471+

-

-

Advanced

- Same as Adult Par -

Example: Par for a beginner girl on a 150-yard hole is 4. Par for an intermediate girl on a 400-yard hole is 6.


Boys

 

Junior Par for Hole Length (in yards)

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Beginner

100 or less

101-180

181-260

261-340

341-420

421-500

501+

Intermediate

150 or less

151-270

271-390

391-510

511+

-

-

Advanced

- Same as Adult Par -

Example: Par for a beginner boy on a 150-yard hole is 4. Par for an intermediate boy on a 400-yard hole is 6.

C-3. Junior Scorecard

Forward Tees

Junior Par

Stroke Allocation

  

+

Hole

  

+

BOYS

GIRLS

Bgnr.

Intrmd.

Bgnr.

Intrmd.

333

6

5

7

5

7

   

1

   

125

4

3

4

3

17

   

2

   

442

8

6

9

6

1

   

3

   

360

7

5

7

6

11

   

4

   

167

4

4

5

4

15

   

5

   

326

6

5

7

5

13

   

6

   

358

7

5

7

6

9

   

7

   

406

7

6

8

6

5

   

8

   

496

8

6

9

7

3

   

9

   

3013

57

45

63

48

Out

   

   

361

7

5

7

6

10

   

10

   

496

8

6

9

7

2

   

11

   

318

6

5

7

5

12

   

12

   

282

6

5

6

5

14

   

13

   

123

4

3

4

3

18

   

14

   

359

7

5

7

6

8

   

15

   

168

4

4

5

4

16

   

16

   

443

8

6

9

6

4

   

17

   

385

7

5

8

6

6

   

18

   

2935

57

44

62

48

In

       

5948

114

89

125

96

Total

       

Less Handicap

       

Net Score

       

Scorer

Attest

Date


C-4. How to Post Scores Under Junior Par

Each junior will adjust hole scores according to Section 4. Junior players post scores with the appropriate USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating according to Section 5-2.

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