Random Reviews of Posted Scores
The AWGA licenses the MPWGA to issue USGA handicap indexes to our members. There are numerous requirements that must be met in order to maintain our status as a “certified club.”
One of those requirements states that the golf club must “require the posting of all scores made at home and away.” Another requirement indicates that “a player’s Handicap Index must be adjusted up or down (by the Handicap Committee) if the player does not turn in all acceptable scores or otherwise does not observe the spirit of the USGA Handicap System.”
Clubs are subject to random audits for compliance. These additional measures are important to protect integrity of the System. In order to maintain our certification, the MPWGA regularly reviews scores posted by its members. Random reviews are part of our certification requirements.
Handicap Only Members
It is important to note that the requirement to monitor posting covers all of our members, including those that are registered as “HANDICAP ONLY”. These requirements apply to all clubs who are members of any USGA-licensed state association such as AWGA.
Not posting a round?
We realize that there are instances when groups play a scramble, or you withdraw before completing seven holes and you do not have an individual score to post. When this happens, please use the link on the MPWGA website’s home page called “Not Posting. ” This opens up a form that will send an email to the Handicap Committee with your reason for not posting.
Please remember that most rounds can and should be posted.
When at least seven holes are played, post a 9-hole score. If more than nine are played but less than 13, post a 9-hole score. If 13 or more holes are played, post an 18-hole score. For holes not played in these situations, take par plus any handicap strokes (a.k.a. “pops”) awarded on each hole to determine the 9-hole score or 18-hole score to be posted.
Please review the rules that define what is a non-posting round. You should also be familiar with the differences between “most likely” and “equitable stroke control” to adjust individual holes for posting purposes.
One common error is taking a score with “Maximum strokes” when sometimes “most likely” would be the correct score.
An example would be playing a par 3. Your playing partners have all putted into the hole for 2’s and 3’s. You are on the fringe of the green, laying 2, and getting ready to putt your third shot. Knowing that you will not be “used” for that day’s game, you pick up to improve pace of play. If you would have “most likely” been able to complete the hole for a 4 or 5, that is the score you should enter, not a max 8 or 9.
How long do you have to post a score?
According to the USGA Handicap System manual, “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.” We generally allow 48 hours to pass before we conduct a random review for rounds not posted.
We recognize that anyone may occasionally forget to post a score.
Regular golf groups are encouraged to designate one person who will check to ensure that all members of the group post their scores within a 48 hour period. This is the preferred method endorsed by the AWGA to ensure timely and accurate posting of all scores. It also is a good method to “help” partners and friends with posting.
A computer is available at either Pro Shop for posting scores. You can also use your home computer to post scores.
If you have questions or concerns about your own Handicap Index, or any of the handicap procedures, please contact the MPWGA Handicap Chairperson.