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The WHS in Great Britain & Ireland: Explaining Key Areas

What Happens to my Handicap Index When I Fail to Submit my Score? (NR)

Understanding No Returns and 0.1 Increases

What happens to my handicap index when I fail to submit my score (NR)?

If the scorecard is not discoverable: 

  • A ‘penalty’ score may be posted to your scoring record.
  • Depending on where you live in GB&I, the penalty score may be posted automatically (which can then be overridden by your Handicap Committee, if appropriate) or it may be posted manually.   

If the scorecard is discoverable: 

  • Your Handicap Index no longer simply increases by 0.1; the available hole scores are still taken into account – even if the scorecard is not complete
  • On holes that have been started but not completed – the hole score is recorded as a Net Double Bogey
  • On holes that have not been started for a valid reason – a hole score of Net Par is recorded
  • A Score Differential will be calculated on this basis and added to your scoring record and considered within all future Handicap Index calculations

Whenever a player fails to submit a score from an authorised format of play, the Handicap Committee should investigate the reason why, and take appropriate action.