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HANDICAPPING IN MIXED COMPETITIONS NOTES OF GUIDANCE

 

It is recommended that the following procedures be adopted when clubs run mixed competitions.

 

1.                  Singles Competitions

 

It is recommended that, for handicap purposes all players play off their CONGUģ handicap and from tees with a Rated SSS making the competition Qualifying for handicap purposes.

The handicap adjustments are then ONLY APPLIED for COMPETITION RESULT PURPOSES.

In all competitions the Ladiesí handicaps should be adjusted to take account of the difference in the Standard Scratch Scores (SSS) of the courses being used according to the following:

 

LadiesíCompetition H/cap = LadiesíCONGU H/cap  + (SSSladies Ė SSSmen)

It should be emphasised that these are NOT COURTESY SHOTS. The format is really the same as would occur if ever a Menís Competition were run where some play off the White Tees and some off the Yellow. Unless some adjustment were made to take account of the SSS difference the Nett winner is always likely to be a competitor playing off the Yellow Tees.

(a)   Medal

Scores returned normally. The  Ladiesí Netts are then re-calculated for the Competition Result using the above formula  to get the  adjustment to the Ladiesí Handicap this is then subtracted from the Nett scores as returned to get new Ladiesí Netts for result purposes.  Example:

 

Courses: SSSmen 72, SSSladies 74.  Man off 18 plays to H/cap. Lady off 18 plays 1 under H/cp

 

Man

Lady

 

 

Gross

Nett

Gross

Nett

 

Scores as returned

90

72

91

73

Left unadjusted man has low Nett

Adjust Ladies H/cap

90

72

91

71

Ladies COMPETITION Handicap now 20 (18+(74-72))

The lady, with adjusted handicap now has lower nett and wins

 

(b)   Stableford or Bogey/Par

 Again, for results purposes only, the Ladiesí Handicap should be adjusted as above (with the SSS adjustment being added as points to the ladyís returned points). Then an additional adjustment has to be made for the difference in the Pars (as points are scored against Par not SSS) of the two courses.

 

Additional Par Adjustment = Parmen - Parladies   (NB note reversal of Man/Lady is correct)

This should be added to (if the result is minus it is subtracted from) the Ladiesí points as modified by the Handicap Adjustment. Example:

 

Courses: SSSmen 72, SSSladies 74.  Man off 18 plays to H/cap. Lady off 18 plays 1 over handicap

Par men = 69

Man

Lady

 

Par ladies = 74

Points

Points

 

Scores as returned

33

 35

Left unadjusted lady has most points

Adjust the lady pts for SSS difference

33

35+2=37

Ladies Competition Handicap now 20 (18+(74-72))

Adj. The lady for Par difference

 33

37-5=32

Par adjust = (69-74) = -5 (so subtracted)

As should be, as the lady was one over her handicap, the man has the greater number of points.

 

 Clearly if the Ladiesí SSS and Par (eg SSS=73, Par =72) have the same relationship as the Menís Par and SSS (SSS=71, Par=70) then the handicap and par adjustments will cancel each other out  (SSS=73-71 (+2) and Par=70-72 (-2)). When the relationships are the same, the Ladiesí values will almost always be higher but this does not matter, as points are scored relative to handicap and par so the two adjustments will result in zero overall.


2.                  Pairs Competitions

 

In all Mixed Pairs competitions it is strongly recommended that the ladies play from the Ladiesí Tees, whatever the format.

 

(a)                                       Stroke Play, Stableford / Bogey

 

For Mixed partner better- ball Competitions the ladiesí handicaps should have the recommended fraction (3/4) applied. Then the SSS adjustment, calculated as before, should be added to the fractioned handicap.

 

For Foursomes and Greensomes the Ladiesí handicaps should have the adjustment added before the partnershipsí handicap is calculated as recommended in Appendix H. If these are Stableford or Bogey  Competitions THE ADJUSTMENT FOR PAR, as applied in singles, SHOULD NOT BE MADE  ( the effect is cancelled out when a mixed partnership is involved). If the partnerships are formed as single sex pairings then the Par adjustment has to be applied.

 

(b)                                      Matchplay

 

The SSS adjustment should be applied to the Ladiesí handicaps and then the appropriate fraction applied.

 

In better-ball Matchplay shots should be taken from the low player. The ladies should have the SSS adjustment applied before this is determined.