Handicap adjustments

How to adjust when playing mixed competitions



According to the USGA, in order to guarantee fair play, handicaps have to be adjusted when holding competitions where participants play from tees with different course ratings (called “mixed competitions”).  See USGA Handicap System Manual, Section 3-5, "Players Competing from Different Tees or Men and Women from Same Tees.".
 
When applying the USGA adjustment procedure for mixed competitions on our golf course, Ladies (Ladies White) should get six (6) additional strokes on top of their course handicap, the Men (Blue Men) three (3) additional strokes on top of their course handicap and the Seniors (White Men) should play their course handicap (see below option 1).  Mathematically this is the same as adding 3 strokes to the Ladies course handicap and subtracting 3 strokes from the Seniors course handicaps (see below option 2).







 

Turns out that our old handicap system which was custom-made for our club, automatically made these adjustments [using the option 2. formula above] so that the handicaps that appeared on the board on Mondays, were adjusted course handicaps.  The new handicap system to which we switched in July of this year produces only plain USGA course handicaps and does not adjust the course handicaps like our old system. 
 
So when we switched systems in July, the Ladies suddenly saw their handicaps drop by 3 strokes and the Seniors saw their handicaps go up by 3 strokes.  In the example below, we took course handicaps from a list from the old system (March 2017).  Here we noticed that the old system added 3 strokes to the Ladies’ course handicap and subtracted 3 strokes from the Senior’s course handicap.

 


So when we switched systems in July, the Ladies suddenly saw their handicaps drop by 3 strokes and the Seniors saw their handicaps go up by 3 strokes.  In the example below, we took course handicaps from a list from the old system (March 2017).  Here we noticed that the old system added 3 strokes to the Ladies’ course handicap and subtracted 3 strokes from the Senior’s course handicap.
  
We had been aware that a handicap adjustment procedure existed but were always told that the handicap system took care of that.  We never understood what that actually meant but accepted it for what it was.  However, after many complaints from several Ladies who felt that the new handicap system had created unfair competition especially between them and the Seniors, we decided to do some further digging to finally figure out what had happened.
 
It became clear to us that we, after the switch of handicap systems, should have made course handicap adjustments manually since the new system does not do that for us.  However, we did not and as a result [since July of this year] we have been playing our competitions with handicaps that are not adjusted which according to the USGA is not the way to fair competitions.  This means that the results of all the mixed competitions since July are unfair and therefore not correct and which also means that the current CAP Cup standings are also not correct.
 
What to do now?  We have consulted with several members and since it is an almost impossible task to go back and change the results of the matches played as of July, we have decided to leave these results “as is”. We can and therefore will, however, bring the CAP Cup competition to a fair closure by changing from one overall category to three categories:  Ladies, Men and Seniors. Remember that handicap adjustments are only necessary when playing mixed competitions, not when playing from the same tees with the same course rating.  So for this year [only], the CAP Cup is going to have a Ladies’ Champ, a Men’s Champ and a Senior’s Champ.
 
We are currently working hard to recalculate the CAP Cup points for the whole year for the three categories and strive to have these ready by the end of this week so that everybody can know their standings come this Saturday when we play our third playoff event.  Also, we have decided not to have any cut-offs.  So up to the final event, everyone is still able to participate for CAP Cup points.
 
Some of you are already aware that we started adjusting the handicaps manually since the Sunday of the Governor’s Cup.  Important to keep in mind for all future mixed competitions where players tee off from tee boxes with different course ratings (option 2. in the handicap adjustment calculation)

·         Ladies have to add 3 strokes to the course handicap that Golfsoftware.net provides you.

·         Seniors (White Men) have to subtract 3 strokes from the course handicap that Golfsoftware.net provides you.

·         Men (Blue), you play for the course handicap that Golfsoftware.net provides you.

As follows, we are providing you with a link to an article on the website of our handicap system that explains handicap adjustments, why and how.  If you have the time, we recommend you to read it.  http://golfsoftware.com/learn/handicap-adjustment-different-tees.html