AAG Handicap Presentation

Report
WORLDWIDE
HANDICAP
SYSTEM
MEETING
AAG’s outlook on a new system
CONTENTS
 Handicaps in Argentina
 AAG Handicap System ©
General characteristics
Valid scores – loading, processing and information
Determining AAG Handicap
Club Handicap Committee faculties
 AAG’s outlook on a new Worldwide Handicap System (WHS)
Implementing the USGA Course Rating System
Facilitating the submission of scores electronically
Updating of handicaps immediately or as soon as practicable
Mechanism for peer review
Calculation of adjustment for playing conditions
 Conclusions
HANDICAPS IN ARGENTINA
 52,628 registered AAG handicaps, 44,978 men (85.5%) 7,650 women
(14.5%)
 303 clubs affiliated to AAG, includes all clubs in the country, most
operate as semi-public courses
 There is a strong tradition of playing competitive golf almost every weekend during the year, and many clubs organize midweek competitions
as well.
 General average and distribution of handicaps according to range:
Gral. Hcap. Avg.
MEN
WOMEN
Handicap range
19.6
26.2
+3 - 5
6 - 12
13 - 18
19 - 24
25 - 36
MEN
3.6%
16.1%
24.1%
24.9%
32.2%
WOMEN
1.6%
5.0%
10.3%
18.6%
64.5%
AAG Handicap System
General characteristics
 The AAG has exclusive copyrights as well as administering and
processing all registered handicaps in the country.
 Handicaps are collected through the clubs, players aged 25 to 75 pay a
fee of approximately u$d 80 per annum. Players aged 14-24 pay 50%
of total, players over 70 and under 14 get handicaps free of charge.
 All handicaps are used for all courses in the country, no index or
slope rating implemented.
 All courses are rated by a system inspired loosely on USGA Course
Rating System for a scratch golfer.
 Clubs with a large membership will usually play segmenting handicap categories and play off different tees; smaller clubs will favour one category,
one tee. Course setting should accommodate to course conditions/climate.
AAG Handicap System
Valid scores - Loading, processing and information
 Only rounds valid for handicap are 18 hole stroke play rounds played in
competition under the Rules of Golf.
 Club is responsible for loading all scores, be it for members or guests.
 Scores registered are sent digitally to AAG Processing Centre at annually
pre determined dates. Once processed (usually between 22nd and 27th
day of each month) resulting handicaps are published monthly, every first
Monday.
 Handicaps are posted on AAG website and sent via email to each player.
 During 2012; 692,500 scores were processed, an average of 57,700
per month.
 Average scores posted by players with one or more scores during 2012
was 20.5; total average was 13.3.
AAG Handicap System
 Percentage of golfers with scores posted during 2012:
Number of scores posted
Percentage of
golfers with
scores posted
Percentage breakdown by gender
Men
Women
1 - 5 scores posted
4.6%
86.5%
13.5%
6 - 10 scores posted
7.2%
87.8%
12.2%
11 - 15 scores posted
9.1%
88.5%
11.5%
16 - 20 scores posted
10.2%
88.5%
11.5%
21 - 25 scores posted
10.5%
86.6%
13.4%
26 + scores posted
58.4%
87.3%
12.7%
AAG Handicap System
 Average number of scores posted by handicap range during 2012:
Handicap Range
Average number
of scores posted
Average number of score
posted by gender
Men
Women
<5
25
25
31
5-9
22
21
27
10 - 14
21
21
26
15 - 19
20
19
24
20 - 24
18
17
22
25 - 29
13
12
18
30 - 36
12
12
11
AAG Handicap System
Determining Handicap
 8 best score differentials (gross score minus course rating) of last
16 scores entered.
 8 best differentials are added and total number resulting is tallied against
a table that assigns handicaps between +3 and 36. Resulting handicap is
86-87% of the average 8 best differentials.
 Entry of scorecard to the Committee after a round is mandatory, even if
incomplete. Equitable Stroke Control not implemented.
 No stroke limit enforced and no limit on how many times you lower your
handicap; though system only allows 6 increases through 12 month
period, one stroke at a time.
 Maximum handicap allowed for men and women is 36, player is given an
initial handicap of 25, after first 16 scores are processed, the system
recalculates players handicap, this is only occasion a player is allowed
an increase in excess of one stroke.
AAG Handicap System
Club Handicap Committee’s faculties
 Club Handicap Committee is responsible for proper application of
AAG System:
 Verifies all posted scores and checks unusual results returned to
the Committee.
 Controls abuse of system resulting from infrequent return of scorecards to protect handicap.
 Offers initial handicap to new golfers after they can prove basic
knowledge of Rules and Etiquette and reasonable ability to play
a round, albeit for a beginner.
AAG Handicap System
Club Handicap Committee’s faculties (cont.)
 The Committee is the only recognized authority to modify a players
handicap:
 Handicap reduction through anticipated calculation.
 Handicap reduction as a result of perception of players ability.
 Use of penalizing score to adjust to players ability.
At all times these methods of reduction must be used sparingly and
only under exceptional circumstances.
AAG’s outlook on a new WHS
Implementing the USGA Course Rating System
 Before the announcement of WHS, the AAG was evaluating adopting
the USGA Course Rating System.
 Although the current course rating system used by the AAG is satisfactory, we feel the moment is ripe to upgrade and re rate all courses in
the country under more modern parameters.
 The AAG has only one qualified course rating team, it rates new courses
and re rates those in need of updating.
 If a new system were to established, we would need to train new staff
and establish teams in our regional federations, making it more cost
effective.
AAG’s outlook on a new WHS (cont.)
Facilitating the submission of scores electronically
 Undoubtedly the most important change to the AAG system would be to
allow players to enter their own scores.
 Entering scores by players would require a programme enabling clubs
to have their own terminals for players to post their scores.
 Initially we foresee a phasing in period, that would require clubs to assist
and control process.
 If a new system favoured players entering their own scores when not
competing, it would differ with how handicapping has been administered
so far in the country. It would be advisable the new system enabled the
governing body to determine what scores are valid for handicapping
(perhaps limited to scores posted when playing formats with own ball).
AAG’s outlook on a new WHS (cont.)
Updating of handicaps immediately or as soon as practicable
 With so many tournaments (36/54 holes stroke play) being played in
Argentina every weekend it would not be advisable to adjust on less
than a weekly basis.
 That said some clubs with small budgets could struggle to incorporate
necessary technology, making it difficult to move away from current
system of monthly adjustments.
 The handicap review period (day-week-month) should be a decision
best left to each national governing body.
Mechanism for peer review
 Handicap Committees at clubs would be instrumental to any system
operating in Argentina.
AAG’s outlook on a new WHS (cont.)
Calculation of adjustment for playing conditions
 Current system, which does not allow post play adjustments, is observed
as unfair by players in our country.
 Our system is based on Captains´ adjusting course set up to conditions,
this happens infrequently and creates inconvenience when rating does
not match playing conditions.
 It would be useful to incorporate a mechanism that allows/enforces
Captains discretion to adjust rating to course conditions/climate,
e.g. a scale from 1 to 7, with 4 being normal conditions.
CONCLUSIONS
 Rating over 300 courses is expensive and slow, but the AAG had
decided to proceed. Decision put on hold since WHS proposal.
 A strong communication plan, on the benefits of a new WHS by
national and international governing bodies, would be advisable.
 Economic disparity (exchange rate, domestic costs) would result in
an enormous spread in fees for the same system around the world,
an issue that should be addressed.
 The AAG strongly supports a WHS, the benefits of consistency and
universality should attract people to keep/adopt WHS and offset any
initial difficulty of implementing the system.

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