Yours in Gouff
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Congratulations to Tom Cullen, winner of the Chas Neave Medal, lowest NET score for 55s and over.
Those who returned a score are eligible to play in the Ogilvie Shepherd matchplay competition. Enter the competition if you’d like to play, lowest 32 who have entered will go into the draw.
The lowest 16 combined scratch scores over both qualifying rounds who have confirmed their availability for the matchplay stages. In the event of a tie for the final places there will be a play-off on a date appointed by the Sports Committee.
The lowest 16 combined net scores over both qualifying rounds, not including any players who have qualified for the Baird cup, and who have confirmed their availability for the matchplay stages. In the event of a tie, a countback of the 2nd round score will take place.
Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re available to play in the matchplay rounds.
Play from the white tees. On the day of your match, ensure you know your Handicap Index to correctly convert it to your Course Handicap. It is hoped that results can be recorded on the SG app or iPad, if this isn’t possible then email the result to Sports and we’ll update the draw. On completion of a round, the next round will be published and you will be advised of the date that ties must be played by.
The SG app has a Contacts section where members of the club are listed. On the home page select GolfsApp which provides: text, email and phone options. The setting to show your details can be found in More > My Personal Data, enable Add to Venue Directory. Whilst you’re in there check your details and fill in any blanks. Another useful setting is Receive Push Notifications which is on the My App page.
If ties aren’t played then proof of communication will be used to determine who goes through. For those of you who don’t have access to the app then Sports will provide contact details if required.
Handicap Allowance is 50% of the combined team handicap.
Handicap Allowance is 100%
Handicap Allowance is 100%
How it works: The player receiving strokes (full difference of the CHs) can choose when he would like to take them and the decision to use shots must be taken at the completion of a hole! For example, if a gross five is scored against the opponent’s four, a shot can be taken to earn a half. If a player has a considerable number of shots to play with, more than one can be taken on a single hole. Unlike normal matchplay, if extra holes are required and all bisques have been taken then no further bisques are given. Unused bisques can be used on extra holes.
Yours in Gouff
Winners 1st £55 each
53.4 – Scott Downie, Paul Jensen, Jordan Webster & Gary Keddie
2nd £40 each
54.3 – James Cruickshanks, Scott Cruickshanks, Scott Gartland & Greig Hoehle
3rd £20 each
55.1 – Ewan MacGregor, John Mathers, Stevie Arnott & Ninian Heron
Scratch – best last 6 holes, £40 each
59 – Jimmy White, Ed White, Sean R O’Neil & Andrew Rodger
Richard Gray celebrating his hole in 1 yesterday at 7th hole in the Club Medal. Well done Richard and we all hope to see you when the bar is open!
Below is a recap on the fundamentals of the WHS, to give you the info you need at the start of the 2021 playing season.
1 – Handicap Index
This is, effectively, your new handicap that will be used as the basis for determining how many shots you receive on a given course, playing a given format. It’s calculated from an average of the best eight of your last 20 returned scores. When a new score is submitted, the Handicap Index is automatically recalculated and updated at the end of the day’s play, ready for use the following day. Players new to golf or looking to obtain a first handicap will need to submit scorecards amounting to 54 holes.
From those, an initial Handicap Index will be provided. This will be altered when 20 scores have been submitted to deliver a fully developed Handicap Index. To prevent wild swings in handicap, the WHS provides caps – soft and hard – based on a player’s lowest Handicap Index in a one-year period. If a player’s handicap goes three shots above the low index, further rises are reduced by 50%. (Soft cap.) If a player’s handicap moves 5.0 strokes above the low index in a 12-month period, it cannot rise any further. (Hard cap.) Max handicap is 54 but that’s not quite the full story.
2 – Course Handicap
The Handicap Index, in conjunction with the difficulty of a course, gives a player their Course Handicap. This is how many shots you will actually receive playing any given course. This may vary depending on the tees you choose to play from. The difficulty of a course (off each teeing option) is calculated using Course Rating, Bogey Rating and Slope Rating – see below.
3 – Course Rating, Bogey Rating and Slope Rating
Course Rating is how many strokes a scratch golfer (someone with a Course Handicap of 0) should take on a course, off each sets of tees. Bogey Rating measures playing difficulty for a bogey golfer (someone with a handicap of roughly 20 for a man and 24 for a women). Knowing these two ratings allows WHS to determine the difficulty of the course and to produce a Slope Rating for each set of tees. Slope Rating is calculated by subtracting Course Rating from Bogey Rating and multiplying by 5.381 for men and 4.240 for women. Minimum Slope Rating is 55 for the easiest course up to 155 for the hardest courses. At a course where all players compete from their Handicap Index, Slope Rating is 113. The Course Handicap calculation is: Slope Rating divided by 113, multiplied by Handicap Index.
4 – General Play is important but optional
In order for the new system to be effective, it’s important that players record as many scores as possible for handicap calculations, General Play as well as competition. That way, Handicap Index is as representative as possible. A General Play score is a pre-registered social score from a course and tee that has a Course and Slope Rating for your gender, played to singles medal, Stableford, Par or Bogey format.
But not every round needs to be counting. You have to select to pre-register before teeing off if you want it to count. If you haven’t pre-registered, a score cannot be submitted.
5 – Conditions can still make a difference
The system includes a “Playing Conditions Calculation” that looks at how all players who have entered a score on a course have performed on that day, off all tees, compared to their expected performance. At the end of each day’s play a Playing Conditions Calculation will be made by the system.
6 – You don’t need to carry a calculator with you
Although, on paper the system looks rather complicated with various calculations throughout; in reality, the golfer needn’t feel overwhelmed.
The system will carry out the calculations for you. All you need to do is enter a competition or pre-register for General Play on a particular course, noting which tees you’re playing on, enter your scores, confirm and have them confirmed by a playing partner and submit – The system will update accordingly with any changes made ready for golf the following day.
16 Important Golf Scorecard Rules To Remember
1. Recording the correct handicap on the card is solely your responsibility as the player.
2. If you fail to record your handicap, or play off a handicap higher than that to which you are entitled (and this affects the number of strokes received), you will be disqualified from the handicap element of a strokeplay competition, though your score will still stand in any concurrent scratch competition.
3. If you record too low a handicap on your card, your net score will stand based on that handicap.
4. At the end of the round, all you are signing for is your gross score on each hole.
5. You do not have to add your scores up, record your net score, or allocate Stableford points.
6. Most golfers do mark such things on their cards (and rightly so), but you cannot be penalised for getting the maths, the net score or the Stableford points wrong.
7. Should you sign for a gross score on a hole lower than that actually taken, unfortunately you will be disqualified.
8. Should you sign for a higher score on a hole than that taken, the higher score stands, but you will not be disqualified.
9. Contrary to what some believe, you do not need to initial mistakes or corrections on the scorecard.
10. The scorecard must be signed by you and your marker (or markers if another person has had to take over) and returned as soon as possible on completion of the round.
11. Sometimes, this will be to a recorders’ area, but often simply to a box in the clubhouse or changing room.
12. Once it has been returned, no alterations can then be made to the scorecard.
13. If one or both of the required signatures are missing, you will be disqualified under Rule 6-6b.
14. Returning the card “as soon as possible” doesn’t mean immediately, nor does it mean hours later. You might have a long trek to the area where it is to be returned if, for example, you have started on a tee some way from the clubhouse.
15. And even if computerised scoring is in operation, it is what is recorded on the physical scorecard that is all-important, rather than what might be input in error into a computer.
16. Finally if the scorecards are prepared for you, do make sure you swap before you mark and sign.
It’s disappointing that we start the season with the club house closed and only 2-balls but Jim, the entire committee and I will do all we can to ensure a smooth start to our competitive season. Thanks to everyone who has helped us test the VMS, I can’t promise we won’t make mistakes but we’ll do our best to minimise them.
Our recent testing of VMS has highlighted a shortcoming of the new website: booking into a competition is possible but it’s currently not possible to book a tee time within the draw, as you can on the app. Scottish Golf are working to resolve this.
Captain v Vice Captain Match 13th March
The committee has decided to postpone this until the current restrictions are eased, we’ll try to reschedule it later in the year.
Club Medal 27th March
Entries open on the 9th March at 8pm. If you are intending to play it is important that you select the time you’d like to play at. To complete the draw I will need to move players around by 30 minutes either way to pair similar handicaps together, however that may not always be possible. Up until entries close you can move your tee time. As usual we will aim to publish the draw on the Tuesday evening prior to competition day and then update BRS. I’ll provide an update nearer the day regarding the returning of your score.
Unfortunately the Lindsay Shield matches planned for April have been postponed. We’re doing what we can to ensure they’re not cancelled and we’re hoping to arrange alternative dates.
Thistle Scramble 28th March
We hope restrictions will be lifted to allow 4 households to mix therefore allowing 4-balls.
Monifieth Team Match 3rd April
This is looking highly unlikely at the moment but should restrictions change we will provide an update when we know more.
I know this is not easy reading but in all cases we are hoping for the best and are planning in the event that things change.
Yours in Gouff
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