“The purpose of the CONGU unified handicapping system is to enable golfers of differing abilities, men and ladies, to compete on a fair and equitable basis.”
Your handicap is your responsibility!
Click on the link below for the presentation and notes from the EG recent Handicapping & Amateur Status seminar. It highlights the main changes for 2012.
If you are a beginner and have never had a handicap then see the next section about getting your first handicap.
For new members who have previously had a handicap then please read on.
Joining/transferring from another club
It is very important that you make sure that you have informed your other club that you are leaving. Ask them to set you as an 'AWAY' player before removing you from their membership list. The following information is needed to register you as a member at our club and maintain your handicap record.
Joining Wells in addition to being a member of another club
You need to inform your other club and us which is to be your HOME club where your handicap record will be maintained.
To get your first handicap you need to submit three cards and the gross score for each hole must be recorded. You should put your name and the date on the top of the card and title the card FOR HANDICAP. The card must be marked by a player with a handicap. After completing the round the card must be signed by you and the marker and placed immediately in the relevant card/competitions box or handed into the secretary in the office.
Do not wait until you have 3 cards to submit them.
For handicapping purposes each gross score is adjusted to a maximum of 2 (3 for ladies) over par. After 3 cards have been submitted then a handicap is automatically awarded based on the best score recorded up to a maximum CONGU handicap 28 (36 for ladies).
For juniors a club handicap will be allocated up to a maximum of 45 (54 for girls) if CONGU handicap cannot be allocated.
To maintain a competition (c) handicap you must submit 3 cards between 1st March and 28 February. These must be cards from qualifying competitions at home or other clubs or supplementary cards at Wells.
Cards from qualifying competitions
Any individual medal or stableford competition should be qualifying. See Mens, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors section for more details about competitions.
AWAY scoresIf you play in qualifying competitions at other clubs then it is your responsibility to make sure that we are aware of them. Sometimes the details are sent through automatically by post, by CLUB 2000 handicapping system or from the CDH (Central Database of Handicaps) but as with any computerised system it isn't 100% reliable. Leave a note of where and when you played. We also need to know the Par, SSS, CSS and your score.
ALL HOME QUALIFYING SCORES AND SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS MUST BE PLACED IN THE CARD/COMPETITIONS BOXES, EVEN NRs.
All players can submit supplementary cards.
To submit a supplementary card you must sign the book in the foyer by the card boxes before going out to play. For ladies there is also a book in their changing room.
You can only do one supplementary card per week, up to a maximum of 10 per year. These can be played off the yellow tees for men, red tees for ladies and recorded as stableford or stroke play.
You should put your name, handicap and the date on the top of the card and title the card SUPPLEMENTARY CARD. The card must be marked by a player with a handicap. After completing the round the card must be signed by you and the marker and placed immediately in the relevant card box, even No Returns (NR).
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Playing in qualifying competitions at Wells or other cubs has an immediate effect on your handicap, but the amount by which your handicap may decrease, and whether there is an increase depends on the scores of the other players which go towards calculating the Standard Scratch for the competition (CSS). This can vary from the SSS depending on certain factors such as:
( SSS - nett ) x 0.category (i.e. 0.1, 0.2 etc)
NOTE: Handicaps are actually based on stableford scoring so you may find that even though you had a 13 on the 13th you could still have played below your handicap or stayed within your buffer zone.
Playing outside your buffer zone (SSS+category) may mean a handicap increase of 0.1 but you should not increase your own handicap in case the competition is declared 'reductions only' and/or the CSS is calculated which may have an effect. You should wait for confirmation, otherwise you may record the wrong playing handicap on your next competition card and you would be disqualified.
You should always have an up-to-date handicap certificate. These may be required when you go to play in competitions at other clubs.
The certificate has your HowDidIDo ID number on it which you can use to print your own certificate from the HDID website and also has your CDH number which you may need if you play in qualifying competitions at other clubs or if you move to a new club.
You can register (for free) and use this website to check the results of club competitions and monitor your handicap. You can also print out a handicap certificate from the website.
Please note - supplementary scores and away scores will not show on your online handicap record. Also your online handicap may not immediately reflect any handicap adjustments resulting from these scores.
Last year England Golf launched its Handicap & Benefits programme. he programme is linked to the Central Database of Handicaps (CDH) and provides golfers with their unique lifetime CDH ID.
ENGLAND GOLF would like members to be more aware of their CDH ID number and to use their CDH ID in all away competitions and when identifying themselves at UK golf clubs.
Why Join ENGLANDGOLF?
Please remember a CONGU competition (c) handicap and the ability to play in competitions at your golf club is one of the most important benefits of being a golf club member.
Register and join now at England Golf
How do I know?
Check the handicap list in the changing rooms, on HDID website or on the touchscreen computer in the foyer.
If you handicap is not listed with an (c) after it e.g. 18.3 instead of 18.3 'c' then this indicates it is not a competition handicap.
Why does it not have a (c)?
Because you did not submit three qualifying cards in the previous playing year (March - February) from qualifying competitions or supplementary cards.
How do I make it a competition handicap?
From April 1st you will need to submit three cards supplementary cards.
Why do I need an competition handicap?
A non-competition handicap may affect your eligibility to play in some club competitions, Open events and team matches at home and away. Players without a competition handicap are not eligible for prize monies in competitions at Wells.
An annual handicap review takes place January which looks at players whose performance and scoring pattern over the previous playing season is better or less than expected for their handicap category to ensure handicaps are reflective of their current playing ability.
If you feel that your handicap needs adjusting please write a note to the handicap committee in December/ or early January for consideration at the annual review.
Direct links here to CONGU website
Contrary to belief, one good round from a non-qualifying competition or winning a cup, does not mean an immediate handicap reduction although other players may wish it to be so!
Any cards from your home club (correctly completed) can be submitted for consideration: