As you would be aware the new World Handicapping System is now live in Australia.
Please note the maximum daily handicaps for men and ladies at The Brisbane Golf Club will not change i.e. 36 for men and 45 for ladies.
You have probably already noticed that your GA handicap might have changed slightly. This is because the calculation formula has been tweaked.
The main positive I see from this change is that we can run simplified multi-tee and mixed gender competitions, and the results from these various options are comparable without having to adjust the score at the end of the round to suit the course scratch rating.
This will be done prior to the start of the round, with your GA handicap adjusting in accordance with the slope rating of the course to be played, which will give your daily handicap. Then this daily handicap will be adjusted to suit the scratch rating of the course to be played. This way, 36 points from the white tees will be equivalent to 36 points from whichever other set of tees a member decides from which to play.
If you wish to play from a different set of tees on a non-Honour Board/Major Event day, please notify the pro shop and they will give you a scorecard to reflect the set of tees from which you have decided to play on that day.
Basically, if the competition on the day is not an Honour Board.Major Event, then any member can play from any set of tees that are rated for your gender and still compete in the same competition. This has been available for members at BGC for a while now, it’s just that the world golf handicapping system has now caught up.
Which leads me to the next item, Honour Board and Major Events at BGC.
All male competitors are to play from the blue tees and all lady competitors are to play from the red tees if they are competing in Honour Board and Major Events listed in the fixture book, including Monthly Medals, with the exception of members eligible for inclusion in the “Centurion Club”.
To be eligible for inclusion in the Centurion Club, on the date of the competition, your age in whole numbers and not rounded up added to your GA handicap must be equal to or exceed 100. i.e. if your age is 68 and 9 months you are aged 68. There might be a few members who are on the cusp of being eligible on any given day, this will depend on the fluctuations to your GA handicap and when your next birthday occurs.
Members of the Centurion Club have the option to choose from which set of tees from which they wish to play on that day in all the Honour Board/Major Events listed in the fixture book, including Monthly Medals and Captains Challenges.
If members of the Centurion Club are competing in an Honour Board/Major Event and wish to compete in the gross event, then they must play from the Blue (Men) or Red (Ladies) tees. These include:
- Club Championships
- Club Foursomes (gross prize)
- Yeerongpilly Cup
- Captains Medal
- Mixed Foursomes (gross prize)
- Summer Cup (gross prize)
If members of the Centurion Club are competing in an Honour Board/Major Event and they only wish to compete for the nett or stableford prize, then they have the option to choose which set of tees from which they wish to play. These include:
- Club Foursomes (nett prize)
- Mixed Foursomes (nett prize)
- Summer Cup (A and B grades nett, C grade stableford).
- All other Honour Board/Major Events not listed that do not have a matchplay component.
For any Honour Board or Major Event that has a qualifying day and then matchplay, members of the Centurion Club have the option to choose which set of tees from which they wish to play. This includes the Byneset. For example, Centurion Club members can play from the yellow tees in the qualifying portion and matchplay portion in the Mocatta or the Johnson Staines. They just notify the pro shop prior to play and notify their opponents on the first tee.
All of the above will commence on Saturday, 8 February 2020 and will be monitored and reviewed as necessary.
Please let me know if you have any questions on this.
One last thing for you to ponder, the only constant is change.
Alan Grieve, Captain