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A Penalty Score

Posted: 2/24/2014

What options does a Handicap Committee have if a score is not posted as soon as is practical?

A common error made by Handicap Committees is posting par for a penalty score. In actuality, if a player fails to post an acceptable score as soon as practical after completion of their round, the Handicap Committee has three options:

1) Post the actual score made by the player;

2) Post a penalty score equal to the lowest/highest Handicap Differential™ in the scoring record;

3) Post the actual score and a penalty score. 

The Handicap Committee is not required to notify the player prior to posting a penalty score.

A player should post their score immediately after their round at the course where the round was played. This must be done whenever possible. The club should make it convenient to post, and the procedure of how and where to post is generally the responsibility of the Handicap Committee. The scores posted for the day must also be available immediately to all members for peer review. The Handicap Committee also has the responsibility of making certain that each player has a Handicap Index® reflecting potential ability. The Handicap Committee has the ultimate authority to adjust a Handicap Index under any circumstances. Before a modification becomes effective, the Handicap Committee must give the player an opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the proposed adjustment, either in writing or by appearing before the Committee. When a modification does go into effect, it must be identified with the letter M, reflecting that the Handicap Committee has modified the Handicap Index (e.g., 4.9M).

The Handicap Committee may set a reasonable limit within which scores must be posted, taking into account extenuating circumstances.

To avoid a penalty score appearing on your scoring record, post your score as soon as possible. And remember that the score cannot be subject to peer review by others until it has been posted.


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