The R&A and the USGA conducted two educational seminars at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore from 25-28 March, supporting the launch of the new World Handicap System (WHS) which will be coming into effect from January 2020.
49 delegates, travelling from 18 countries including Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia , Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have participated in the four day scheduled seminars, with the WHS Teach the Teachers Seminar on the first two days, followed by a Course Rating Calibration Seminar.
The WHS Teach the Teachers Seminar was focused on the full details of the new Rules of Handicapping, its administration and the planned implementation schedule. All delegates were guided on how to assist with the transition to the WHS, its administration, educating other instructors and also delivering education seminars to their own constituents later this year, prior to the launch of the new system in 2020.
The Course Rating Calibration Seminar was held to ensure accurate and consistent ratings were being carried out by authorised Associations and has provided existing course raters with an opportunity to hear more about the changes to the Course Rating System brought about by the 2019 Rules of Golf. However, some delegates who were new to the course rating system were able to go through some basic on-course demonstrations.
There were Q&A sessions at the end of each presentation and multiple drinks receptions providing networking opportunities to allow delegates to discuss and share their best practice in the governance of the handicapping/course rating system.
The seminars were delivered by Claire Bates, Director – Handicapping and Kevin Weir, Assistant Director – Handicapping from The R&A and Steven Edmondson, Managing Director – Handicapping / Course Rating and Scott Hovde, Assistant Director – Handicapping / Course Rating from the USGA, with assistance in administration from Nick Shan, Assistant Director – Asia Pacific and Jin-Woo Kim, Rules Manager – Asia Pacific.