Was I actually a scratch golfer for a few weeks?

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GeoffDicksonGeoffDickson  1124WRX Points: 68Members Posts: 1,124 Platinum Tees
Joined:  edited Jun 29, 2018 in General Golf Talk #1
For the last few months, I have been playing infrequently and poorly, so I have not been paying any attention to handicap whatsoever. This morning I thought I would have a peek to see how much damage had been done. My handicap is still at 1.0 (somehow), but there was also an even bigger surprise.

In January, I relocated back to Australia from New Zealand. I joined a new club in Melbourne and imported my 0.9 handicap index. First round on the new course (February 18) I hit even par....next time I played (February 25) my handicap index was 0.0, but course handicap was 1.0 (given the course has a slope of 126).

For a few weeks at least, was I a scratch golfer?



  • ShipwreckShipwreck  4002WRX Points: 314Handicap: 6.2Members Posts: 4,002 Titanium Tees
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    Have to wait until the next revision to see what your actual HC is.

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  • ChipNRunChipNRun  2072WRX Points: 455Members Posts: 2,072 Platinum Tees
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    Definition. According to the USGA, a scratch golfer is defined as "a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses. A male scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots at sea level.

    Some days you are, some days you aren't. But my sincerest congrats on the days you are!

    Really, who cares? As long as you're having fun.
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  • DizzDizz J.W.  14258WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 14,258
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    As per the definition of the word, if you’re a 0.0 handicap then you’re a “scratch” player. So for that one round you were a 0.0 for the day... congrats!!
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  • EKELLYEKELLY  2594WRX Points: 27Handicap: +2Members Posts: 2,594 Titanium Tees
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    Well, here is the deal. You are already near scratch, which is half the battle. Handicaps fluctuate based on how many, and how good your scores are. I'd say you played scratch golf, are capable of scratch golf, or better. Don't worry about it, it'll drive you nuts!....lol
  • larrybudlarrybud Rochester Hills, MI 11581WRX Points: 470Handicap: 3.4Members Posts: 11,581 Titanium Tees
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    If your index was 0.0, then your course handicap is 0..

    0 * 126 / 113=0
  • AC168AC168  864WRX Points: 110Handicap: 2Members Posts: 864 Golden Tee
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    Yes! Congratulations!

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