RCC Handicap Policy
The role of the Rochester Country Club’s Handicap Committee is to ensure the integrity and accuracy of all handicaps of those golfers at RCC who play competitive golf. It is the responsibility of the Handicap Committee to ensure that all golfers who play in competitive events, whether at the local or state level, comply with the requirements of the USGA Handicap System. Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try and make the best score on every hole in every round and that every player will post every acceptable round for peer review. By accomplishing these objectives, our competitive events will be fairer and more enjoyable for all who play.
RCC GOLF HANDICAP POLICY
To play competitive golf events associated with RCC, it is essential that each player conform to the player responsibilities outlined below. Competitive golf is defined as events associated with the NHGA or Rochester Country Club.
PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACCURATE POSTING OF SCORES
1. Player must have a CURRENT USGA GHIN Number. A player can get a GHIN Number from the Pro Shop if they do not already have one.
2. Player must post all scores of rounds that have been played under the Rules of Golf, with exception of Tournament Rounds (PRO SHOP PRINTED) that will be verified for accuracy and posted by the Handicap Committee.
3. If a player plays “7 to 12 holes”, a 9 hole score needs to be posted. If a player plays 13 or more holes an 18 hole score should be posted. In either case, scores for unplayed holes shall be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the remaining holes.
4. All scores need to be posted within a reasonable time frame after the conclusion of play (24-72 hours). All scorecards shall be placed into the basket next to the Handicap computer for verification from the Handicap Committee. If the Committee feels a player is in gross neglect of not posting scores within a reasonable time frame, that player CAN or WILL be penalized within the Penalty Outline.
5. The Handicap Committee reserves the right to post a penalty score if a player fails to post a score. If a player continues not posting scores or willingly attempts to avoid complying with the USGA Handicap System, the Handicap Committee and the RCC Board (Director of Golf/Head Professional) reserves the right to suspend the individual or set a “Tournament” Handicap.
6. If the Committee finds that a golfer has not posted a score for a round played in the allotted time frame, the actual score will be posted. In addition, a Penalty Score will be posted. The Penalty Score will be equal to the lowest indexed round in the golfer’s last 20 scores. If a golfer has 3 penalty scores as a result of not posting a score, the golfer will be subject to suspension from the next RCC event.
7. All players should abide by the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) system set in place by the USGA, for maximum score per hole based on the individual’s handicap range. The responsibility of posting a correct score ultimately falls on the Individual. The Handicap Committee realizes that in most cases the scoring is completed by another player, but we do ask that every individual post his/her correct score. Rules for members that constantly record the incorrect adjusted score will be looked at on a case by case basis with a “potential” penalty imposed. Remember, the Handicap Committee will adjust
Tournament Scores to ESC, so the responsibility is taken off the individual player.
EQUITABLE STROKE CONTROL
COURSE HANDICAP MAXIMUM NUMBER ON HOLE
9 OR LESS DOUBLE BOGEY
10 THROUGH 19 7
20 THROUGH 29 8
30 THROUGH 39 9
40 AND ABOVE 10
8. If a player manipulates his/her scores to influence their Handicap Index, the Committee shall adjust or withdraw his/her Handicap Index depending on the severity of the offense.
EXAMPLES of manipulating scores include the following:
- Posting erroneous scores
- Not adjusting hole scores
- Deliberately reporting more strokes than scored
- Deliberately taking extra strokes to inflate score
9. In case a players makes an innocent or inadvertent error in posting a score or failing to post a score, particularly when the error is capable of correction, a player should post an acceptable score within 72 hours or notify the Handicap Committee. Posting errors will be corrected by the Head Golf Professional.
10. The Committee believes the purpose of the system is to provide fair and equitable handicaps to enable players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis and not to punish or intimidate members or players.
HANDICAP COMMITTEE PENALTIES
1st Offense - Committee will issue a verbal warning giving the player a reasonable amount of time to post a score.
2nd Offense - Committee will post score, plus a penalty score of the lowest indexed in last 20. In addition, a letter will be sent to the member informing them of the posted penalty.
3rd Offense - Committee will post score, plus a penalty score of the lowest indexed 20. In addition, a second letter will be sent to the member informing them of the 2nd posted penalty score and a warning to the player that the next offense will result in suspension from the next RCC tournament by the RCC board.
4th Offense - Committee will suspend the player from the next RCC event. if the individual continues “non-posting” scores, the RCC board reserves the right to set a “tournament” handicap for the player or continue the automatic suspension. The tournament handicap or suspension will be in place until the RCC board deems fit.
IF A PLAYER IS DISSATISFIED WITH ANY ACTION TAKEN AGAINST THEM BY THE COMMITTEE, THE PLAYER MAY APPEAL THE ACTION. THE APPEAL SHALL BE HEARD BY A 3 PERSON PANEL CONSISTING OF THE DIRECTOR OF GOLF, HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL AND THE HANDICAP CHAIRPERSON. ALL DECISIONS MADE BY THIS 3 PERSON PANEL ARE FINAL AND NOT SUBJECT TO FURTHER REVIEW.