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  • EGA

    HANDICAP SYSTEM

  • EUROPEAN GOLF ASSOCIATION

    Handicap System

    EGA

    (this version supersedes all previous versions)

  • EUROPEAN GOLF ASSOCIATION FEDERAO PORTUGUESA DE GOLFEPlace de la Croix-Blanche 19 CP 110CH-1066 Epalinges/Lausanne Head officeSwitzerland Rua Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus

    N6, 17 andarTel: +41 (21) 785 70 60 MirafloresFax:+41 (21) 785 70 69 1495-048 [email protected] PORTUGALwww.ega-golf.ch Tel: +351 21 412 37 80

    Fax: +351 21 410 79 [email protected]

    For handicapping matters:Algarve Delegation

    Tel: +351 289 39 14 15Fax: +351 289 39 14 [email protected]

    www.fpg.pt

    EGA 2016, All rights reserved.No part of this book may be reproduced, distributed, stored in or introduced into a retrieval systemor transmitted in any form or by any means including recording, photocopying, or any electronic ormechanical methods, or other means without the prior written permission of the author. Any personwho does any unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecutionand civil claim for damages.

    This edition of the EGA Handicap System comes into force through a specific Circular letter.

    If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the Portuguese and the English version, thePortuguese version shall prevail.

    This edition revokes the Portuguese Edition of the EGA Handicap System 2012-2016.

    In addition to the EGA Handicap System, please also consult further handicapping rules and otherregulations in force, such as the Statutes of the FPG, Sports Regulations, Disciplinary Regulationsand also Circular Letters. These documents are available on the Portuguese Golf Federation websiteat www.fpg.pt.

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    EGA Handicapping and Course Rating Committee (HCRC)

    2015Hans Malmstrm ChairmanOle Vagtborg North ZoneStein Jodal North ZoneHermann Unterdnhofen Central ZoneRodger Fail Central ZoneAna Conceio Gabin South ZoneJ. Eduardo Berge Alonso South ZoneLiz Gaertner GB&I ZoneLynne Terry GB&I ZoneMalcolm Gourd Secretary

    2016Ana Conceio Gabin ChairmanMika Wikstrm North ZoneStein Jodal North ZoneHermann Unterdnhofen Central ZoneRodger Fail Central ZoneJ. Eduardo Berge Alonso South ZoneRichard Cau South ZoneLiz Gaertner GB&I ZoneLynne Terry GB&I ZoneMalcolm Gourd Secretary

    EGA Handicap Research Group (HRG)

    2015J. Eduardo Berge Alonso ChairmanAna Conceio GabinDalibor ProchazkaPeter AusterberryPeter Wilson

    2016J. Eduardo Berge Alonso ChairmanDalibor ProchazkaRodger FailPeter AusterberryPeter Wilson

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

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    Table of Contents

    (i) Introduction To The Edition To Portugal And Principal Changes ................................ 80........................................................................................................82(ii) Foreword

    .....................................................................................83(iii) How to use this manual.......................................................................................84(iv) EGA Handicap Policy

    ............................................................................................86(v) System Overview

    EGA HANDICAP SYSTEM

    1. Definitions ..................................................................................................89.......................................................................962. Golf Course and Course Rating

    2.1 Course Rating ..............................................................................................962.2 Course Measurement ....................................................................................97

    2.3 Alterations to Courses ...................................................................................97

    2.4 Tees ...........................................................................................................97

    2.5 Par .............................................................................................................98

    2.6 Period for Preferred Lies .................................................................................99

    2.7 Permitted Adjustement to a Measured Course ....................................................99

    3. Handicapping ...........................................................................................1023.1 Rights and Obligations of a National Association (FPG) ....................................102

    3.2 Rights and Obligations of the Area Authority ...................................................103

    3.3 Rights and Obligations of the Affiliated Club ...................................................104

    3.4 Rights and Obligations of the Handicap Committee ..........................................104

    3.5 Rights and Obligations of the Player ...............................................................106

    3.6 Qualifying Scores .......................................................................................106

    3.7 Computed Buffer Adjustment ........................................................................110

    3.8 Extra day scores (EDS) .................................................................................112

    3.9 EGA Playing Handicap; Playing Handicap .....................................................114

    3.10 Stableford .................................................................................................117

    3.11 Attaining an EGA Handicap .........................................................................118

    3.12 Alteration of Handicaps ...............................................................................120

    3.13 Suspension and loss of Handicaps .................................................................121

    3.14 Restoration of Handicaps .............................................................................122

    3.15 Handicap Review .......................................................................................123

    3.16 General Play .............................................................................................124

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    APPENDICES

    A. Handicap Record Sheet ..............................................................................126B. Playing Handicap Table ..............................................................................127C. Handicap Allowance in Competitions ...........................................................128D. Handicap Stroke Index Allocation .................................................................132P. Decisions adopted by the Portuguese Golf Federation ......................................134

  • (i)INTRODUCTION TO THE EDITION TO PORTUGAL ANDPRINCIPAL CHANGES

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    (i) INTRODUCTION TO THE EDITION TO PORTUGAL ANDPRINCIPAL CHANGES

    The new edition of the EGA Handicap System 2016-2019 for Portugal, follows a line ofcontinuity in relation to what has been implemented for the last decades, in what concerns theobjectives of system integrity and handicaps' reliability.Simultaneously, taking in account the new challenges derived from the evolution of golf itselfand its players, during the last years, the Handicap & Course Rating Committee of the FPGhas aimed to integrate, for the implementation in Portugal, the simplification and flexibilityguiding principles, along with the objective of making the handicap regulations moreinclusive, having in consideration different player's profiles. That is, a wide-ranging system,capable of including, within the system, a larger number of players and rounds forhandicapping.

    The following summarized changes are implemented, in Portugal, with the EGA HandicapSystem 2016-2019:

    Parts 1 3 & Appendix P

    EGA Handicap designation: term exact removed simplifying the designation to EGAHandicap, i.e. the EGA index that indicates the relative golfing ability of a player(Definitions).

    EGA Handicap range:

    Maximum EGA Handicap: maximum EGA Handicap changed to 54 (Clause 3.11.2).

    Handicap Categories: added handicap category 6, replacing club handicap(Clause 3.12.6) with simplified handicapping procedures.

    EGA playing handicap formula: added playing handicap formula for handicapcategory 6, for 18 and 9 hole rounds (Section 3.9).

    First handicap allocation: reduced number of scores for handicap allocation and revisedprocedures, in order to accommodate the handicap category 6 and contribute to attractand retain players in golf (Section 3.11 and Appendix P 2.5).

    More rounds for handicapping:

    EDS: increased number of EDS per month, up to 4, on handicap categories 2 5(Appendix P 2.4);

    9 Hole Rounds: extended the handicap categories (2 6) that can return 9-holequalifying rounds (Appendix P 2.2).

    Handicap eligibility restrictions (Appendix P 2.6.3):

    Handicap status: updated designations (Lapsed is replaced by Pending andLost by Inactive) regarding the frequency of qualifying rounds returned byplayers, without losing the reference value.

  • Flexibility: open entry in competitions clarified and discretion given to sports agents toset additional conditions for entry and scoring in competitions based on thehandicap, as per their internal management policies.

    Handicap calculations: 0.1-increase extended to handicap category 5 (Clause 3.12.6)for simplification and uniformity purposes.

    Handicap Committees:

    Handicap Review and General Play: extended discretion by the handicap committee(Sections 3.15, 3.16)

    Handicap Authority: increased conditions to maintain handicapping authority status(Appendix P 3.1)

    Manual Structure

    The number of Appendices has been reduced and the manual content is