CLUB HANDICAP POLICY

 

POSTING OF SCORES

Rounds within the club will be posted by the handicap committee. Rounds outside the club must be posted by the player immediately after the round. Failure to post immediately after your round will result in a Penalty Round (P) on your scoring file. No exceptions.

 

WHAT IS MY CLUB INDEX? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT.

 

CLUB INDEX

For regular tournaments, players play to their Current Index or Club Index (whichever is lower).  For Major Tournaments, players play to their Low Index or Club Index (whichever is lower). The Club Index is derived from using a player's lowest three differentials from his last six RPGC tournament scores within the last 12 months. For example, if a player's last six RPGC differentials were:

7.5, 7.511.710.29.211.1

We would keep 7.5, 7.5 and 9.2 and throw out the 11.7, 10.2. and 11.1. 

We then add these three differentials together and divide by three. When the math is done, it reveals that this player's Club Index is 8.0.  

Here's the formula for any nerds out there:

(7.5+7.5+9.2)/3 = 8.0

In the event that a player doesn't have six posted rounds of which to derive a Club Index from, we then use the following method:

 

No GHIN index. Play to a zero.
GHIN index but no RPGC scores Play to 1/2 your handicap.
1-3 rounds with RPGC Lowest differential will determine your Club Index.
4-5 rounds with RPGC Lowest two differentials will determine your Club Index
6 Rounds with RPGC  Lowest three differentials will determine your Club Index.
No RPGC scores in last year Play to 1/2 your handicap.


If you've been a member of another club, you may have noticed that the same three guys seem to win every tournament - but their indexes never go down.  This is why we use a Club Index. If a player is shooting in mid 90s outside of RPGC tournaments, but in the low 80s within club events, we basically ignore those outside scores.  Scores within the club are what matters most to us.

Calculating the Club Index involves a lot of math, so every now and then we may have an accounting error. If you think there's been a mistake, by all means please email us with your questions. Before doing so CLICK HERE first to find out which rounds are counting towards your Club Index. Finally, please remember that it's the math reducing your index automatically - not a human being.

Note: Away courses of a very high slope/rating are not used as part of the Club Index calculation.

Finally, from the USGA Handicap manual, there's this: If the Handicap Committee believes that the player's potential ability is different than the Handicap Index calculated from scores, it is authorized to adjust the player's Handicap Index.

 

WHEN IS A HANDICAP ADJUSTMENT DONE?
The Handicap Committee can adjust a player at any time for any tournament. A player can also be adjusted during Major Tournaments, regardless of the policy that states a player's Low Index will be frozen. "Frozen" means that a player's Low Index may not go up during the course of a Major Tournament, but it can be adjusted downward if the Handicap Committee deems it appropriate. When it comes to handicap issues, the Handicap Committee has the final authority to make an adjustment at any time.

WHAT IS MY CLUB INDEX? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT.

 

Please contact Fritz and Thor at handicap@ranchoparkgolfclub.com with any questions.