Scottish Golf was delighted to welcome over 250 club representatives to its popular Handicapping Seminars in recent weeks, preparing clubs and players for the new competitive season.
Dedicated to helping clubs gain a better understanding of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System (UHS), the seminars were held up and down the country from the start of February until the beginning of March.
The two-hour regional seminars were free of charge and open to Match and Handicap Convenors from any affiliated golf club in Scotland.
In total, 258 individuals attended from 154 clubs, with the seminars dedicated to providing a generic overview on the UHS, as well as looking at a number of changes introduced in 2016 and how they affect clubs.
Workshop topics included:
- Club Handicaps
- 9-Hole Qualifying Competitions and Supplementary Scores
- Alteration of Handicaps
- Multi-Tee Competitions
- Initial Handicap Allocation
There was also an opportunity to explore topics raised on the day and hear from other clubs on how they are managing their competition golf and handicapping.
Scottish Golf offers its thanks to the host venues involved for the nine seminars – Loch Ness GC, Newmachar GC, Haggs Castle GC, Dumfries & County GC, Ratho Park GC, Glencorse GC, Downfield GC and Glenbervie GC. Indeed, such was the level of demand, a second seminar was held at Haggs Castle.
‘Overall Satisfaction’ from the individuals who attended the seminars was 90%, while 92% would recommend the events to others.
Kenny Swan of Hamilton Golf Club, who attended the Glenbervie seminar, said: “It was very valuable as a new member to the match and handicap committee and future match secretary.”
Yvonne McGregor of Murrayshall GC, an attendee at Downfield, added: “It was enjoyable with lots of learning points.”
Meantime, Susan Watkins of Uphall GC, who was at the Ratho Park event, said: “It was extremely valuable. The workshop confirmed a lot of what I already thought I knew. It was well presented and good to speak to people directly.”
Calum Grant, Golf Officer for Scottish Golf, said: “I would like to personally thank everyone who took the time to attend one of the Handicapping Seminars this year.
“It was great to see a number of familiar faces at the workshops, while we were deeply encouraged to meet so many new Match and Handicap Convenors. I hope the seminars were of benefit and would like to wish everyone a very successful 2017 season.”