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The R&A/USGA have released their usual triennial rules review. There are a few minor changes you should be aware of.
Click on this link to go to the USGA site explaining the 5 key changes.
“One reason golf is such an exasperating game is that a thing we learned is so easily forgotten, and we find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and again.” – Bobby Jones.
Given the suspension of the 2021 AGM and the creation of the working group to review the Society including the current rules, there seems no reason to propose a change to the current rules at the reconvened AGM. Instead the necessary changes to the Rules will be swept up with any other rules changes arising from the activities of the working group.
Accordingly the proposed rules (to be confirmed at the 2021 AGM) have been removed from the website and replaced by the existing ones. They can be accessed via the link below or by going to the Membership and Rules section of this website.
Please find attached a list of clubs around the world where LSW or BSW members have memberships and have indicated a willingness to invite other LSW/BSW members to play there if visiting.
If any members wish their clubs to be added to this list, please contact the Communications Officer (or anyone on the Committee) to have yours added.
Our June 2nd event coincided with the AGM and a committee meeting at which various points were discussed, amongst others relating to matches.
At this competition we had a large number of players who had not sent their payment confirmations through to both the match secretary and the treasurer in time before the event, altogether concerning 17 out of 36 players. As our outgoing treasurer pointed out, it is important for all players to do so, as it is rather cumbersome to reconcile this when we are short of green fees after the event. In addition, some members had not paid at all before the event.
In future, players who have not sent through their payment advice to the treasurer (in future Dave Collins) and the match secretary (myself) before 6pm the evening before the match, will not be eligible to win prizes at the competition and will not be awarded OOM points.
We are looking at ways to further simplify the process for everybody, even though it is currently not difficult at all. Many members have stored the account number in their payee list and the two email addresses in their contact list. Screenshot and email takes about 30 seconds.
Attached match form now shows in red where I had to make corrections to scorecards. The most common problems are:
1. No overall gross score: You need this yourself for registering in GHIN!
2. Gross Scores not adjusted for WHS: Every time I send out notes to players before the comps, I specify clearly that in stableford competitions you need to adjust your score to a net double bogey on each hole. Do it correctly as you walk off the green and you are fine. Most members know how this works and there is a ton of material on the internet in case you have questions. Carel also posted a note in the LSW WhatsApp chatgroup today.
3. Correct stableford points for each hole. Do note the playing handicaps of the player you are marking. A simple way to help you is if you circle the holes where your player gets a shot.
As of the next event, incomplete scorecards will not be accepted after the match, and this also goes for illegible scorecards of which we had a couple this time.
Lorenz Zimmermann (Match Secretary)
20 February 2018, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.
The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.
The new system will feature the following:
- Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability
- A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for national or regional associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction
- A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
- An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
- A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
- Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
- A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
- A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game