WORLD HANDICAP CHANGES


 As most of you probably know, effective January 6, 2020, the USGA will be launching the World Handicap System (WHS).  The USGA has added many documents and videos to its website to explain all the changes that will occur.  Please visit the USGA website at www.USGA.org for more details on these changes.

Effective with NEFSGA tournaments starting in January 2020, we will be using the WHS for the calculation of handicap indexes.  This change will be transparent to NEFSGA members as our golf software will make all the changes as necessary.  The biggest change will be in the number of rounds counted for your handicap index.  Currently we use 3 of the last 5 rounds you played. Starting in January 2020 we will align with the WHS and use the best 8 of your last 20 NEFSGA rounds to calculate your handicap index.

With the WHS changes we are also updating the local rules that we play.  Stated below are the current and new local rules for all tournaments.

Current: Out of bounds is played like a lateral hazard, under penalty of one stroke.  Current: Lost balls are played as close as possible to their estimated location, under penalty of one stroke.

 

2020 Change: USGA Rule 18 applies; playing a provisional ball for out of bounds or lost ball.  Local NEFSGA rule: Drop ball within 2 clubs lenght from fairway edge where ball went out of bounds or lost, with a two-stroke penalty.

 

Current: Take no more than a triple bogey on any hole. 

Current: If you pick up before completing the hole (including not putting out) record a triple bogey.

 

2020 Change: Net double bogey is maximum strokes total for any hole.

USGA guidelines for “Most Likely Score (pick-up):

On the putting green within 5 feet of the hole add 1 additional stroke

Between 5 feet and 20 yards from the hole add 2 additional strokes

Beyond 20 yards from the hole add 4 additional strokes

Total hole score not to exceed net double bogey.

 

A couple of examples of “net double bogey” are as follows:

Par 4 double bogey is 6 + allowed handicap of 1 = 7
Par 3 double bogey is 5 + no handicap = 5 (handicaps less than 18)
Par 5 double bogey is 7 + allowed handicap of 2 = 9

All these changes will keep our organization in alignment with the USGA and the rules of golf.

Thanks for playing and supporting the NEFSGA, tournament golf all the time.+As most of you probably know, effective January 6, 2020, the USGA will be launching the World Handicap System (WHS).  The USGA has added many documents and videos to its website to explain all the changes that will occur.  Please visit the USGA website at www.USGA.org for more details on these changes.

Effective with NEFSGA tournaments starting in January 2020, we will be using the WHS for the calculation of handicap indexes.  This change will be transparent to NEFSGA members as our golf software will make all the changes as necessary.  The biggest change will be in the number of rounds counted for your handicap index.  Currently we use 3 of the last 5 rounds you played. Starting in January 2020 we will align with the WHS and use the best 8 of your last 20 NEFSGA rounds to calculate your handicap index.

With the WHS changes we are also updating the local rules that we play.  Stated below are the current and new local rules for all tournaments.

Current: Out of bounds is played like a lateral hazard, under penalty of one stroke.  Current: Lost balls are played as close as possible to their estimated location, under penalty of one stroke.

 

2020 Change: USGA Rule 18 applies; playing a provisional ball for out of bounds or lost ball.  Local NEFSGA rule: Drop ball at fairway edge where ball went out of bounds or lost, with a two-stroke penalty.

 

Current: Take no more than a triple bogey on any hole. 

Current: If you pick up before completing the hole (including not putting out) record a triple bogey.

 

2020 Change: Net double bogey is maximum strokes total for any hole.

USGA guidelines for “Most Likely Score (pick-up):

On the putting green within 5 feet of the hole add 1 additional stroke

Between 5 feet and 20 yards from the hole add 2 additional strokes

Beyond 20 yards from the hole add 4 additional strokes

Total hole score not to exceed net double bogey.

 

A couple of examples of “net double bogey” are as follows:

Par 4 double bogey is 6 + allowed handicap of 1 = 7
Par 3 double bogey is 5 + no handicap = 5 (handicaps less than 18)
Par 5 double bogey is 7 + allowed handicap of 2 = 9

All these changes will keep our organization in alignment with the USGA and the rules of golf.

Thanks for playing and supporting the NEFSGA, tournament golf all the time.