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World Handicapping System

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by the USGA and The R&A, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.

The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

A Scottish Golf spokesperson said, “As a member organisation of the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) Scottish Golf are now able to share with you the key features of the R&A and USGA’s proposed World Handicap System. The operational detail on how the system will function is still being worked on and as more information becomes available, we will continue to work with our partners in the industry to ensure appropriate information is provided to clubs.

“When the time is right, Scottish Golf will provide educational and other functional support to our affiliated clubs. We anticipate that further information will be made available towards the end of 2018. In the meantime clubs should continue to administer the handicaps of their members as normal.”

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