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BCC Handicap Policy

The BCC Golf and Handicap Committee has an obligation to ensure membership a fair, competitive atmosphere.  As such, please take note of the BCC Golf Handicap Policy (effective immediately) below, which is based on clear guidelines set forth by USGA Handicap guidelines (http://www.usga.org/rule-books/handicap-system-manual/handicap-manual):

1.       All scores, tournament or friendly play, MUST be posted in the Handicap System.  Only 7 holes played are required to enter a 9 hole score, and 13 holes played for an 18 hole score. 

2.       All Tournament scores, including Men’s Night and Match Play, will be posted by the Pro Shop.  You MUST turn in a scorecard to the Pro Shop for all of these events.  Failure to do so will result in an even Par, score 72, being posted on your record.  Upon submission of a score, verified by a playing partner/competitor, the Par 72 score MAY be removed. 

3.       The Handicap Committee, based on clear guidelines set forth by the USGA, has the obligation and authority to periodically evaluate all member handicaps. 

4.       The Handicap Committee also has the authority to adjust any member’s handicap to ensure fair, competitive play.  There are clear instructions and formulas on how to adjust a member’s handicap in the USGA Handicap guide, and the committee commits to exercising fair and prudent adjustements based on those guidelines; NOT through arbitrary assumptions.

5.       Regardless if a hole is completed, or a round only partially played, a score must be posted in the handicap system.  Below are some guidelines, as provided by the USGA for posting scores.

What do I do when I have not completed a hole?

Use your Most Likely Score: Should you pick up before completing a hole, you must still record the Most Likely Score you would have earned for that hole.  For example, if your playing partner scored a Par, and you had a 2 foot putt for bogey and picked up, you should score a bogey.  If you had a 30 foot put for Par, you would also consider your most likely score to be a bogey.  A player who starts, but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke must record for handicap purposes the most likely score. The most likely scoremay not exceed the player's Equitable Stroke Controllimit, defined in Section 4-3. This most likely scoreshould be preceded by an "X." (See Decision 4-1/1.)

There is no limit to the number of unfinished holes a player may have in a round, provided that failure to finish is not for the purpose of handicap manipulation.

What do I do if I have not completed a full round?

If a player does not play a hole or plays it other than under the principles of the Rules of Golf (except for preferred lies), the score recorded for that hole for handicap purposes must be parplus any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole. This hole score, when recorded, should be preceded by an "X."


Some Key Guidelines from the USGA Handicap Manual, that all BCC Members/Players shall abide by, and the the Handicap Committee will exercise, effective immediately:

Scores To Post

To post a 9-hole score, the player must play 7 to 12 holes, and at least 7 holes must be played in accordance with the principle of the Rules of Golf.  To post an 18-hole score, the player must play at least 13 holes in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf. (See Decisions 5-1a/3 through 5-1a/5.)

Scores in All Forms of Competition

Scores in both match play and stroke play must be posted for handicap purposes. This includes scores made in match play, in multi-ball, or in team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole. (See Decision 5-1c/1and Section 4.)

Posting Scores

Posting scores in person immediately following the round at the course where the round is played is the preferred way to expose scores to peer review. This method of posting must be used whenever possible. The place for returning scores from all courses should be convenient to make it as easy as possible for players to record every round played. (See Decision 5-2a/1.)

Posting a Score When a Complete Round is not Played

If 13 or more holes are played, the player must post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player must post a nine-hole score. In either case, scores for unplayed holes must be recorded as parplus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the unplayed holes. (See Section 4-2and 5-1a.)

Posting a Tournament Score

A tournament scoreis a score made in a competition organized and conducted by a committee in charge of the competition. The competition must identify a winner(s) based on a stipulated round(s).

Examining Results of Competitions

The Handicap Committeeshould examine results of competitions. If net scoresof any players appear exceptional, the Handicap Committeeshould take appropriate action under procedures in Sections 8-4and 10-3.

Handicap Index Adjustment by Handicap Committee

The Handicap Committeehas the responsibility of making certain that each player has a Handicap Indexreflecting potential ability. Under the following circumstances, it will be necessary for the Handicap Committeeto adjust the player's Handicap Index. However, the following list is not all-inclusive, and a Handicap Committeehas the ultimate authority to adjust a Handicap Indexunder any circumstance that it feels necessary to do so. Before an adjustment becomes effective, the Handicap Committeemust give the player an opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the proposed adjustment, either in writing or by appearing before the committee.

1.      Improving Faster Than the System Can React

2.      Numerous Away or Internet Scores Change Index

3.      Temporary Disability

4.      Player Manipulates Round

a.       Posting erroneous information to the scoring record

b.      Sopping play after 6 holes to avoid posting scores

c.       Repeatedly playing more than one ball to avoid posting scores

d.      Not adjusting holes scores for equitable stroke control

e.      Deliberately reporting more of fewer strokes than actually scored

f.        Deliberately taking extra strokes to inflate score

g.       Not observing either or both of the two basic premises that underlie the USGA Handicap System: (1) Each player will try to make the best score at every hole on every round and (2) the player will post every acceptable round for peer review.

**The Handicap Committeemust determine how long a player's Handicap Indexis to remain modified or withdrawn.