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By Emily von Doehren
SCGA Director of Club Services
As summer approaches and tournaments of all levels are in full gear, be conscious of what you’re signing up for. There’s the chance it could violate your Amateur Status.
When the USGA created The Rules of Amateur Status, the premise was that amateur golfers of all ages play without remuneration or financial incentive, simply in support of their love for the game of golf. This affects many situations that you’ve likely been
in, but were unaware of the consequences.
Tournament player tips
Taking advantage of The Rules of Golf
By Mike Sweeney
SCGA Director of Rules and Competitions
Let’s face it: Most golfers don’t know much about The Rules of Golf. Most of us know the
Clubs that fit to a T(v)
By Katie Denbo
While the importance of properly fitting golf equipment has always been known, new crops of fitting centers and performance labs from some of the industryâ€™s most popular manufacturers are gaining increased acceptance. Golfers of all levels now have a variety of options that were once only accessible to touring professionals, and a handful are located in the Southlandâ€™s own backyard.
By FRANCES NEE
SCGA Director of Handicap
Part of the licensing agreement your club signed (on file at the SCGA office) with the United States Golf Association requires that your club have a handicap chair and that the club has been represented at a handicap seminar. In addition, a club representative must have attended a handicap certification class and passed an exam with a minimum of 80 percent proficiency. The SCGA has taken this a step further and has required the handicap chair to attend an SCGA Handicap Certification class and pass the exam in order for club members to participate in SCGA Net events, including Team Play.
The purpose of the certification class is to teach the handicap chair what their responsibilities are and provide them with the tools and resources necessary to perform their duties.
Each golfer is expected to try to make the best Score he or she can at each and every hole during every round of golf regardless of where the round is played (home or away). When this basic premise is not met, then it is the handicap chair's responsibility to make certain that the golfer's Handicap Index reflects their playing potential.
No one has an inherent right to a Handicap Index. It must be earned, and part of the handicap chair's responsibility is making certain that club members' Handicap Indexes are reflective of their playing potential.
If these indexes are not indicative of the golfer's potential then it is the handicap chair's responsibility to make adjustment to those indices. A few examples as to why your handicap chair may make an adjustment include a player not posting their scores (either high or low scores) or a player recovering from an injury.
The handicap chair is also responsible for performing all of the file maintenance for the club (processing new member applications, score corrections), ensuring that all scores are transmitted to the SCGA prior to the month-end revision, and answering all handicap-related questions from their members. With more than 165,000 individual members in the Southern California Golf Association, the SCGA handicap department relies on the club handicap chair to help educate the members on items such as online score posting, Equitable Stroke Control and what a reduced Handicap Index is.
When each of you joined your SCGA club, part of your membership benefit at that club is receiving a Handicap Index through the club's association with the SCGA.
Your handicap chair is a fellow member of your golf club (as required by the USGA). They are offering their time and service to make sure your club is in compliance and running efficiently. So, get to know your handicap chair
and thank them for the time and effort they put in to help run your golf club. Your club couldn't exist without them!
Copied from the SCGA FORE Magazine July/August 2007
A handicap index is not a statistical scoring average-it is the basic measure of a player's scoring potential. It is based on the performance of a player over 20 rounds of golf. Each time a score is posted, the course rating and slope for the tees played is used to calculate a differential. This differential is the measure of the player's performance on that particular course. By relating performance to course difficulty rather than raw scores, players of unequal abilities can compete on a level basis.
By Michael Sweeney
Directors of Rules and Competitions
10. You may always use rangefinders (distance measuring devices) during play.
By Robert D. Thomas
SCGA Senior Director of Communications
Although Tiger Woods was the big story in last monthâ€™s PGA Championship, an incident involving Sergio Garcia spotlighted the importance of correctly handling your score card at the end of each and every tournament round.