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The Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Handicap Committee has set forth the following policies and procedures for current and future Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Members wishing to establish and maintain a USGA Handicap Index.
The Handicap Committee of the Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club is responsible for ensuring compliance with the obligations under the World Handicap System in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping and the USGA. The Handicap Committee will verify that acceptable scores are posted for handicap purposes and made available for peer review. The Handicap Committee will perform random score audits and review members’ scoring records at least annually.
In addition, the Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Handicap Committee provides guidance to Latah Creek Golf Club officials and other Latah Creek Men’s Club Committees to ensure Latah Creek Men’s Club Members can consistently access their Handicap Index to play a recreational round or compete with anyone on a fair and equal basis.
The Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Handicap Committee will consult with the Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Tournament Committee to establish the terms of all competition for all applicable events. The Handicap Committee liaises with Latah Creek’s Golf Course Superintendent in maintaining both length and normal playing difficulty of the Latah Creek Golf Course at a constant and fair level.
The Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Handicap Committee shall:
1. Maintain an active membership roster generated within the USGA Golf Handicap Information Network.
2. Stress the requirement to post all acceptable scores.
3. Emphasize that acceptable scores are to be posted the same day as the round being played.
4. Educate and clarify the proper adjustments for all scores for posting purposes.
5. Advocate the expectation to achieve the best score at every hole in every round.
A Score is acceptable for handicap purposes if the round has been played:
• In an authorized format of play (Rule 2.1a) over at least the minimum number of holes required for either an 18-hole score (Rule 2.2a) or a 9-hole score (Rule 2.2b).
• In the company of at least one other person, who may also act as a marker, and satisfy any other requirements on the Rules of Golf.
• Following the Rules of Golf Rule 2.1b
• On a golf course with a current Course Rating and Slope Rating, where length and normal playing difficulty is maintained at a constant level (Appendix G)
• On a golf course during its active posting season.
• Scores made before a handicap index has been established (Rule 3.1)
• Scores made under Rule 3.2b – when a hole is not played.
• Scores made under Rule 3.3 – when a player does not hole out.
All acceptable scores are to be posted within the same day of play using one of the following methods:
• Mobile app
• WAGolf website
• By the Tournament Committee using tournament software
Disciplinary Actions for failure to post or player manipulating their Handicap Index:
1. First failure to post or potential manipulation of your score will result in a verbal warning.
2. Second failure will result in a written warning.
3. Third failure will result in the appropriate penalty score issued for scores not posted.
4. After your fourth failure to post your score or continued manipulation of the scoring record, further disciplinary action will be taken as the Handicap Committee deems fair and equitable.
A player must earn a Handicap Index. No player has an inherent right to a Handicap Index without demonstrating and maintaining the ability to follow the Policies and Procedures set by the USGA and administered by the Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Handicap Committee. The Latah Creek Men’s Golf Club Handicap Committee has the authority and obligation to adjust a member’s handicap index if it feels necessary to do so.