World Handicap Seminar – Fall Series 2019

World Handicap Seminar – Fall Series 2019

At the moment the USGA (United States Golf Association) and R&A Rules Limited are working to implement a universal handicap system by 2020, known as the World Handicap System (WHS). Thanks to handicap systems around the world golfers of all levels and ages are able to post their score and accumulate a personal handicap factor.

Right now there are six major handicapping systems used across the world that have helped golfers track their scoring. The WHS will work to replace these systems so that all handicaps are calculated using the same methods.

Here are some important features to know about the upcoming WHS:

  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of USGA Course and Slope Rating System
  • Already successfully used in more than 80 countries

How does this affect you? With the WHS launching in 2020, there will be the introduction of new rules and manuals that Handicap Officials and committees need to know. Golf Canada requires member clubs to certify at least one Handicap Official, and have a Handicap Committee in place at their club. We advise that clubs with more than 20 members have a Handicap Committee as it is a lot of responsibility for one person. Best committees are made up of: at least one club member, the head professional, one person from the board (if applicable) and on captain for ladies and men. The club only needs to send one person to get certified on behalf of the club/committee, however, most committees take part as a whole. If a club does not have a certified Handicap Chair, they could risk losing their Handicap License, and by extension lose the ability to post scores under their club. With the WHS launching in 2020, there will also be the introduction of new rules and manuals that Handicap Officials and committees need to know.

If you have any questions, please contact Duncan Chau: Dchau@gao.ca

 

Location Club Date Time Closed
ST. CATHERINES ST. CATHERINES G&CC SAT, SEP. 18, 2019 12:30PM SEP. 12, 2019
LONDON RIVERBEND GOLF COMMUNITY SAT. OCT. 12, 2019 8:00 AM SEPT. 13, 2019
OTTAWA OTTAWA HUNT
GOLF CLUB
TUES, OCT. 8, 2019 5:00 PM OCT 1, 2019
BATH LOYALIST G&CC SAT. OCT. 5, 2019 8:00 AM SEPT. 20, 2019
SCARBOROUGH CEDAR BRAE GC SAT. OCT. 26, 2019 8:00 AM OCT. 11, 2019
BARRIE VESPRA HILLS GC SAT. NOV. 9, 2019 8:00 AM OCT. 18, 2019