Somerset Golf Captains – Briefing Paper for Match Managers re Matchplay Handicaps
WHS Matchplay Handicap Allowances and Strokes Received
The advice which follows is taken from “The WHS R&A USGA Rules of Handicapping” (pp 92-94), and the “England Golf Mandatory Allowances Table” (which is itself taken from the WHS Rules of Handicapping)
“Handicap allowances are applied to the Course Handicap as the final step in calculating a player’s Playing Handicap”
“In general, after handicap allowances have been applied in match play formats, the player with the lowest Playing Handicap plays off zero strokes relative to the other player(s). The other player(s) receive(s) the difference between their own Playing Handicap and that of the player with the lowest Playing Handicap.”
Example C/2 explains how to Allocate Strokes in Handicap Competitions when Handicap Allowances Apply
Player Singles Match Play Four-Ball Match Play
Playing Handicap Playing Handicap
100% Handicap Allowance 90% Handicap Allowance
A 10 9
B 18 16
C 27 24
D 39 35
Example 1: In singles match play between player A and player B, player A plays off zero (0) strokes and player B receives 8 strokes in the match.
Example 2: In four-ball match play, player A would play off zero (0) strokes, player B would receive 7 strokes, player C would receive 15 strokes and player D would receive 26 strokes.
- On arrival at the golf course, match manager should confirm the COURSE HANDICAP for each player, based on their individual handicap index and the course and slope rating from the set of tees being used
- Take the COURSE HANDICAP, apply a 90% handicap allowance, and confirm the PLAYING HANDICAP for each person.
- The player with the lowest PLAYING HANDICAP plays off zero; the other player receive the (full) difference between their own PLAYING HANDICAP and that of the player with the lowest Playing Handicap.”
- There are different arrangements when some players in the group play off different tees (e.g. when ladies play off the red tees). This procedure is set out in Appendix A
Extract taken from
“GUIDANCE ON THE WHS RULES OF HANDICAPPING AS APPLIED WITHIN GB&I” (v1.5)
The Playing Handicap and its use in Stroke Allowances for Competition Purposes – _Team Formats of Play
Four Ball Better Ball
The calculation of the Playing Handicap for each participant is as for individual stroke play, using the appropriate handicap allowance. In mixed/multi-tee competitions an adjustment is required to allow for differences in CR or Par.
A Club is running a 4BBB competition which is open to all members; adult male members must play from the white tees, women and girls from the red tees and male juniors from the yellow tees. There is no restriction on the composition of each team. Liam (HI 9.3) partners his young son Luke (HI 25.6). They are drawn to play alongside Megan (HI -1.2) and Morag (HI 2.3). The respective Playing Handicaps of each member of the group are calculated below:
Playing Handicap = (Course Handicap x Handicap Allowance) + CR Adjustment
|Match Play:||HI||Slope||CR||PAR||CH||90% CH||CR Adjust||PH|
Strokes are taken relative to the player with the lowest PH (Megan). Megan will play off zero strokes.
In 4BBB format players score using the card and SI appropriate for the tee they are playing from.
- On arrival at the golf course, match manager should confirm the COURSE HANDICAP (CH) for each player, based on their individual handicap index and the course and slope rating from the set of tees being used
- Take the COURSE HANDICAP, (CH) apply a 90% handicap allowance
- Then add a “COURSE RATING ADJUSTMENT” (CR Adjust) and confirm the PLAYING HANDICAP (PH) for each person.
- The player with the lowest PLAYING HANDICAP plays off zero; the other players receive the (full) difference between their own PLAYING HANDICAP and that of the player with the lowest PLAYING HANDICAP.”