Scores Acceptable for Handicap Purposes
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2.1
2.1b
2.1b/1
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2.1b/3

Principle of the Rule: 

The scores a player submits for handicap purposes are at the core of the calculation of their Handicap Index.

Rule 2 covers the conditions a score must satisfy for it to be acceptable for handicap purposes, providing confidence that it will produce reasonable evidence of the player’s ability and, ultimately, a Handicap Index that is reflective of demonstrated ability.

2.1
Acceptability of Scores
2.1b
Played by The Rules of Golf
2.1b/1
Examples of When Player Has Been Disqualified From a Competition, But Gained No Significant Scoring Advantage

The Committee has the discretion to accept a score for handicap purposes if a player is disqualified from a competition, but no significant scoring advantage has been gained.

Examples of situations where a Committee may consider that no significant scoring advantage has been gained include:

Rule of Golf

Nature of Disqualification

Recommended Action for Handicap Purposes

3.3b(1)/(2)

Scorecard not signed

Accept score

3.3b(2)

Scorecard not returned promptly

Accept score

3.3b(3)

Hole score entered on scorecard is lower than actual score

Accept adjusted score

3.3b(4)

Handicap on scorecard is missing or too high

Add or adjust handicap and accept score

2.1b/2
Examples of When Player Has Been Disqualified From a Competition for an Action That Would Have Provided a Significant Scoring Advantage

Examples of situations where a Committee may determine that a player has gained a significant scoring advantage include:

Rule of Golf

Nature of Disqualification

Recommended Action for Handicap Purposes

1.3b

Players deliberately agree to ignore a Rule or penalty they know applies

Score not acceptable

4.1a

Making a stroke with a non-conforming club

Score not acceptable

4.3a(1)

Using a distance-measuring device that measures elevation changes

Score not acceptable

2.1b/3
Hole Not Played By The Rules of Golf in General Play

Where a player has breached the Rules of Golf in general play and knowingly failed to apply the correct penalty, the score should not be accepted for handicap purposes. However, in some circumstances, individual hole score(s) may be adjusted to a net double bogey to produce an acceptable score.

If the Handicap Committee determines that the player is using the net double bogey adjustment to gain an unfair scoring advantage, the Handicap Committee must take action under Rule 7 of the Rules of Handicapping.