BWWGA

Bretton Woods Women's Golf Association

Handicaps  

BWWGA members are encouraged to obtain and maintain an official handicap as provided for under the United States Golf Association (USGA) handicap system. A handicap allows players to track improvement in their own game and more importantly to enjoy fair competition against any other golfer on any golf course.


You may choose to establish either an 18 or a 9 hole handicap. The process is the same. Play five rounds (9 or 18 holes) of golf, mark a scorecard for each round, and request the Pro Shop staff to add your name to the appropriate handicap list in the computer and to create a username and password for you. You can also post your scores from home by logging on to www.msganetwork.org.


You must post the score of every round you play during the season (March 15 - November 15). This includes all tournament, competitive, practice, and ‘just for fun’ rounds, both at home and away. This ensures that each golfer plays off a realistic handicap in club tournaments and in regional events, and allows fairer and more enjoyable competition for everyone. Failure to post your score is considered poor sportsmanship. The Committee’s Handicap Chairperson, as required by our women’s regional golf association memberships, has the responsibility of encouraging and reminding us to post our scores promptly and properly after tournaments and team matches.


Once you have established your handicap (when you have at least 5 scores in the computer) you must apply the EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL rule.* This rule says that you may not post a score higher than the maximum number of strokes per hole based on your handicap. You may use the tables below to guide you.

18 Hole Course Handicap
 Maximum Number on Any Hole
 9-Hole Course Handicap
 Maximum Number on Any Hole
9 or less
  Double Bogey
4 or less
 Double Bogey
 10-19
 7
 5-9
 7
 20-29
 8
 10-14
 8
 30-39
 9
 15-19
 9
 40 or more
 10
 20 or more
 10

For example, let’s say you have a 9-hole course handicap of 18 and this is your card for 9 holes. Because your handicap is 18, you can only give yourself a 9 on hole number 6. The score you put in the computer for this round would be 60. Note to keep up the pace of play players are encouraged to pick up if they reach their maximum before holing out.


Hole Number
 1
 2
 3
 4
 5
 6
 7
 8
 9
Total
Actual Score
 6
 4
 9
 7
 8
 12
 5
 7
 5
 63
 Recorded Score
 6
 4
 9
 7
 8
  9
 5
 7
 5
 60

The USGA maximum handicap index is 40.4 (translating to 43 strokes at BWRC). This is applied to BWWGA tournaments. Members who maintain higher handicaps are welcome and encouraged to participate in all events using the 43 stroke maximum.


*However, if you are playing a tournament (with the exception of match play and bestball) record the actual score on the tournament score card. Do not apply equitable stroke control. This allows your score to be eligible for the annual Low Gross/Low Net competition. 


(Please also refer to www.bwrc.org/Golf-1/Online-Handicap-System.aspx  for more specific information related to handicaps maintenance at Bretton Woods.)