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Handicap Rules

The purpose of a handicap system is to create a level playing field for all golfers in tournament and social play. To maintain a fair and equitable handicap system, ALL PLAYERS MUST POST ALL SCORES AFTER EACH AND EVERY ROUND PLAYED FROM APRIL 1ST THROUGH OCTOBER 31st.

THE BOARD HAS NOTED THAT SEVERAL PLAYERS FAIL TO POST SCORES. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE TOURNAMENT AND HANDICAP COMMITTEES MAY ASSIGN A HANDICAP TO ANY PLAYER WHO FAILS TO POST SCORES.

The Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) processes handicaps. The MGA will revise and publish handicaps, on the 1st day and 15th day of each month from April through October. All tournament players must hand signed scorecards to the marshals for all medal and match play rounds played. In posting these scores on the MGA computer, players must identify all tournament rounds with “T.”

The Handicap Committee will monitor tournament results against scores posted on the MGA computer. Please be aware that the Handicap Committee has the authority to adjust a handicap if a player fails to turn in all scores or does not observe the spirit of the handicap system.

New Club members should contact the Handicap Chairman when dues are paid, to assure that his name is added to the handicap roster. The final 2013 Handicap Report will be used to open the 2014 season. Thereafter, handicaps will be revised on the MGA schedule.

The Handicap Committee wishes you the best for an enjoyable and competitive 2014 season.

Men’s Division

Dan Goldstein
Richard Sosman
Barry Shipper

Women’s Division

Marilyn Sturim

The cornerstone of a fair handicap system is the accurate posting of ALL scores. Lake Success and all other USGA member clubs use the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) system of handicap posting. This method adjusts scores by discounting unusually high scores on individual holes. ESC serves to keep your handicap in line with your playing ability by preventing the occasional disastrous hole from increasing your handicap. Your maximum per-hole score is based on your handicap, as shown below.

How to adjust your score with ESC:

If your handicap is:

The maximum score you may take on any hole is:

9 or less

Double Bogey

10-19

7

20-29

8

30-39

9

40 and above

10

If you pick up when out of a hole in match play or to speed up play, record the score you most likely would have made, NOT the ESC maximum.

The USGA requires you to post a score every time you play. If you play at least 13 holes of an 18-hole round (or 7 holes of a 9-hole round), for handicap purposes the remaining holes shall be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes you are entitled to receive on each hole not played. (Example: Player with a 3 handicap is forced to stop play after 16 holes. The 17th hole is a par 4 with a stroke allocation of 2. The 18th hole, also par 4, has a stroke allocation of 10. Therefore, he would have been entitled to a stroke on the 17th hole, but not on the 18th. For handicap purposes, he should record 5 for the 17th hole and 4 for the 18th hole, and then post the 18-hole score.)

9-HOLE SCORES MUST BE ENTERED. The computer holds a 9-hole score and combines it with the next available 9-hole score to create a full round. This gets more scoring information in a golfer's record for use in calculating the 18-Hole Handicap Index.

Details on ESC and how to post 9-Hole scores are available in the Pro Shop.