|So that you may be able to manage your handicap properly, the following is extracted from the current USGA Handicap System Manual.
Please comply by making proper adjustments to all scores entered for handicap purposes.The full document may be acquired from the USGA website:http://www.usga.com/
|Equitable Stroke Control
|Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole score for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential scoring ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds his maximum number based on the table below. There is no limit to the number of holes on which a player may adjust his score.
|EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL
Course Handicap maximum number
|On Any Hole
|nine or less
|10 through 19
|20 through 29
|30 through 39
|40 or more
|*Note: The Double Bogey ESC procedure listed in the first row for 9 or less Course Handicaps is optional in 1998, but becomes mandatory January 1, 1999.
|Example: A player with a Course Handicap of 13 has a maximum number of 7 for any hole regardless of par. A player with a Course Handicap of 42 has a maximum number of 10 for any hole.
|A player without an established USGA Handicap Index shall use the maximum Handicap Index of 36.4 for men, or 40.4 for women, converted to a Course Handicap to determine his maximum number.
|When conditions of a competition reduce a player's USGA Handicap Index or Course Index, he uses the Course Handicap derived from his actual USGA Handicap Index for ESC purposes, rather than the reduced Handicap Index that he uses for the competition.
|Example 1: A player with a Handicap Index of 35.4 and a Course Handicap of 39 might enter a competition in which the conditions of the competition establish a maximum Handicap Index limit of 25.0, which would give him a Course Handicap of 28. When applying ESC he uses the Course Handicap of 39.
|Example 2: A player with a Course Handicap of 30 might play in a four-ball stroke-play competition in which he is allowed only 90% of his handicap, which is 27 strokes. When applying ESC, he uses the Course Handicap of 30.
|When conditions of a competition increase a player's Course Handicap, the player uses the Course Handicap derived from his actual USGA Handicap Index for ESC purposes.
|Example 3: A player with an Handicap Index of 25.4 and a Course Handicap of 28 might enter a competition in which players are competing from different tees with Course Ratings of 71.2 and 73.0 (73.0 - 71.2 = 1.8 or 2 strokes). If the player plays the course with the Course Handicap of 73.0, then he should receive two additional strokes (difference between the two Course Ratings), which would give him a Course Handicap of 30. However, when applying the ESC he uses a Course Handicap of 28.
|A Handicap Index determined from scores to which ESC has not been applied may not be termed a USGA Handicap Index.
|Tournament Handicap Control
|According to the reduction of tournament handicap set forth by the USGA Handicap System, the Club has adjusted the Winner(s) handicap in the following pattern automatically:
|No. of Shots Under Handicap
* Note: the Maximum of Adjustment will be 1 strokes at one time.