Tournament Handicap Policy



As a licensed state/regional golf association required to administrator the USGA Handicap System™ on behalf of the USGA, it is understood that the SNGA must be diligent in ensuring an equitable playing field in its competitions.

ALL Competitors agree to maintain their USGA Handicap Index® in accordance with the rules set forth in the USGA Handicap System manual.  They agree to follow the two basic premises that underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that they will try to make the best score at every hole in every round and that they will post every acceptable round for peer review.

All competitors agree to be members of a Tournament Players Club in which a Handicap Committee comprised of players and the Executive Director will be granted the authority to adjust a players’ USGA Handicap index pursuant to Rule 8-4 of the USGA Handicap System Manual including penalty scores.

HANDICAP INDEX – All competitors in net events shall have Course Handicaps calculated using their 12-month low Handicap Index.  Those competitors deemed by the Handicap Committee to not be following the SNGA Handicap Policy shall have Course Handicaps calculated using the lowest Handicap Differential in their 12-month score history.

PERFORMANCE ADJUSTMENTS – The SNGA Tournament Committee reserves the right to adjust the Course Handicap of any competitor in current or future competitions.

A reduction of a competitor’s Course Handicap will be based on high finishes in the NET portion of all SNGA, NSGA or other competitions deemed significant using the following point-based schedule maintained over a 1-year period, and points shall only be assigned to competitors whose Net score is below the course rating for the tees played:

More than 50 participants: 1st = 5 pts , 2nd = 4 pts, 3rd = 3 pts, 4th = 2 pts, and 5th = 1 pt.

30 – 49 participants: 1st = 4 pts , 2nd = 3 pts, 3rd = 1 pts, and 4th = 1.

29 or fewer players: 1st = 3 pts , 2nd = 2 pts, and 3rd = 1 pts.

In the case of a tie, each of the individuals or teams would earn the full number of points for that placing.   Any contestant who accumulates 7 points over the stated period may have their Course Handicap reduced by 2 strokes for use during an SNGA administered tournament or Championship.  Any contestant who accumulates more than 7 points during the stated period will have their Course Handicap reduced an additional 1 stroke for each additional two points accumulated.

During the course of tournament play, after every round, players that shoot a score with a negative differential will be subject to additional review by the SNGA Staff.  Players who have a single round score with a net differential in excess of 300:1 odds as per Appendix E: Exceptional Score Probability Table of the USGA Handicap System Manual, shall have their course handicap (and therefore Net Differential) adjusted to a level that falls below 300:1 odds.

Should a player have a second consecutive round score with a negative differential, then a second adjustment, applied to ALL prior rounds shall be made so that the adjusted falls below the 300:1 threshold.

Any player who has been adjusted in tournament play shall play a subsequent tournament at 50% of their 12-month low USGA Handicap Index.  If the resulting net differential is in excess of 50-1 odds, the player shall be disqualified from the tournament and be suspended from future play for 1 year.







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