Score Posting Season Has Begun

Just a quick reminder that the 2018 score posting season begins on Thursday, March 1st. You may begin recording scores for rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association.

In the February 15, 2018 eRevision, we passed along information that gave you your score posting responsibilities and Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). With this eRevision, we will discuss which scores are unacceptable for handicap purposes and how to post scores when you play, but do not finish a hole or do not play a hole at all or do not play it under the Rules of Golf.

Scores made under the following conditions are not acceptable for handicap purposes and are not to be entered in the player’s scoring record:

1. When fewer than seven holes are played;

2. When made on a golf course in an area in which an inactive season established by the Authorized Golf Association (Washington State Golf Association) is in effect;

3. When, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited as, for example, in a competition that allows only iron clubs;

4. When scores are made on a course with no USGA Course Rating or Slope Rating;

5. When a player uses non-conforming clubs, non-conforming balls, or non-conforming tees, or when a player incurs a second breach of Rule 14-3.

6. When a player plays alone;

7. When a player ignores one or more Rules of Golf and fails to post an adjusted hole score as required under Section 4-1 and 4-2, or fails to record the appropriate penalty for a breach of rule. For example, if a player anchored the club while making a stroke during a round and did not record a penalty for doing so (See Rule 14-1b), the score would not have been played under the Rules of Golf and therefore would not be acceptable for handicap purposes.

How to Post Scores When a Hole is Not Finished or Strokes Are Conceded

4-1. Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes

A player who starts, but does not complete a hole or is conceded a stroke must record for handicap purposes the most likely score. The most likely score may not exceed the player’s Equitable Stroke Control limit. An “X” should precede a most likely score. A most likely score would be the number of strokes already played plus, in the player’s estimation/best judgement, the number of strokes the player would take to complete the hole from that point more than half the time.

Holes Not Played or Not Played Under the Rules of Golf

4-2. Holes Not Played or Not Played Under The Rules of Golf

If a player does not play a hole or plays it other than under the Rules of Golf (except for Preferred Lies/Winter Rules), the score recorded for that hole for handicap purposes must be par plus any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole. This hole score, when recorded, should be preceded by an “X.”