AUTOMATIC PENALTY SCORES PROCESS

As you are all aware from the 31st march 2022 a new automatic penalty score process was introduced. This is an automated process that has been put in place to apply an automatic penalty if a score is preregistered but not submitted. If this happens then players will get a series of emails to remind them to submit the score or if you registered in error, to edit/remove the score before the penalty is applied. But not to worry, I can override the Automatic penalty score if it is warranted, as we all know mistakes can happen.

 

CHANGE TO MANDATORY HANDICAP ON SCORECARDS

From 31st March 2022, Golf Ireland requires that the player’s Handicap Index is verified before playing and is the required handicap on a scorecard. When signing in on the computer or app your Handicap index is there for you to see.

This is a change of policy from the Course Handicap (see Rule 3.3b(4)/1).

If you have any queries about either of the above or anything Handicap related, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Yours sincerely

Gerard McKnight
gowranmenshandicapsecretary@gmail.com

In order to return a general play score you will have to:

  1. Pre-register/Sign in on either the HowDidIDo app or the new Golf Ireland app
  2. Confirm with your playing partner that you will be submitting a general play score
  3. Mark your own card but get a verbal signature from your playing partner (marker)
  4. Submit your score on the app you used to sign in as soon as possible after your round
  5. Return your scorecard to the post box outside the golf office (need to confirm)

 

To submit a general play score the course must be in Acceptable Score condition and playing to its full length.

 

DOWNLOAD THE NEW GOLF IRELAND APP

The new App allows you to enjoy the flexibility of recording scores for handicap purposes from either 9-hole or 18-hole social rounds played in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping. You can also view your own handicap index and playing record as well as follow and communicate with friends.

Key App Features

  • View your handicap index and score history
  • View your fellow club members handicap index
  • Download a scorecard to submit your general play score

To download the app, simply search for “Golf Ireland” in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) and select the version with the Golf Ireland logo.

To log in use your MyGolf membership number and password. If not done so already, golfers will first need to register an account on the MyGolf section of the Golf Ireland website at www.golfireland.ie/signup. If you have any queries regarding your handicap index, please contact your club handicap committee who will be able to assist you further.

 

 

Now that we are back playing Casual & Competition Golf it is important that the Score Cards are completed with all the required details. Any card that is not completed correctly will result in the player being disqualified from the competition. The following key points will outline the 3 handicaps and how to complete your score card for casual rounds & competitions.

 

Where do I get my 3 handicaps?
• You will see all 3 handicaps when you sign into a competition on the computer OR the App on your phone.

Which handicap do I need to enter on the score card?
• Players are required to have all 3 handicaps on their scorecard. The new scorecard design has a field for each handicap.

 

What details do I need to complete on the Score Card?
• Competition Name
• Date
• Players Name
• Players HCP Index, Course HCP, Playing HCP
• Score, Stableford or Strokes depending on the competition format
• Player Signature
• Marker’s Name
• Player C.D.H. Number
• Stokes per hole played
• Markers Score & total

 

If you are still unsure how to calculate your handicap, please speak to the handicap secretary’s or how to complete the scorecard please speak to the competition secretary’s.

 

Men’s handicap secretary – Gerard McKnight – E: gowranmenshandicapsecretary@gmail.com
Ladies handicap secretary – Judy Dick – E: judy@stangshouse.com

Men’s competition secretary – Niall Brett – E: gowranmenscompetition@gmail.com
Ladies competition secretary – Aisling Costelloe – E: ladiescompsecgp@gmail.com

WHS – What’s the difference between the 3 Handicaps?

In the previous CONGU system players had one handicap – their Exact Handicap. With the move to the WHS, there are now 3 handicaps that players need to understand.

1. Handicap Index

  • The portable number you take with you (previously your exact handicap)
  • It is an average of the best 8 of your last 20 rounds
  • It is a measure of your playing ability
  • It gets updated daily

 

When to use this Handicap?

  • It is not the handicap you use on the course

2. Course Handicap

  • The number of strokes you will receive from a specific set of tees as determined by the Slope Rating
  • See below Tee charts to determine your Course Handicap

 

When to use this Handicap?

  • This is the handicap you will use in general play or for casual rounds

3. Playing Handicap

  • When playing in a competition format, your course handicap will have an allowance applied to it, this is called your Playing Handicap
  • For individual competitions (e.g. stroke & stableford) this will be 95% of your course handicap

 

When to use this handicap?

  • This is the handicap you will use in competition formats

Going forward players will be required to have all 3 handicaps on their scorecard. The new scorecard design will have space for each handicap.

You will see all 3 handicaps when you sign into a competition on the computer or on your phone.

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