Handicap Administration -
Hello there. I'm from UK, but interested to know how handicaps are administered by handicap secretaries in the USA.
I understand that virtually all types of golf count for handicap, competitive or non-competitive. Therefore, many players will enter scores for their social rounds of golf. I imagine that, at any particular golf club, this could potentially lead to hundreds of scores being entered per week?
I'm wondering how handicap secretaries keep on top of this, questions such as:
Must every player submit a scorecard for their round? If so, I imagine that will be a lot of work for a handicap secretary to tie these up with scores, make corrections and chase missing cards?
If no scorecards are required, are the validity of the scores simply accepted (i.e. trust that players are not manipulating their handicap, or simply making stupid mistakes when entering their scores?)
Do you get any issues, such as a player enters a score one day, plays off a higher handicap for the competition a day or so after (and maybe wins), only to find out later that there is no scorecard for the first round, and other players complain that the player has been less than honest? If this does happen, is it reasonably common, or just a very rare occurance.
I'm very interested, as we in the UK are about to move over to WHS and it looks like we'll be going the same way. Currently, a players handicap will never change unless either a competition is closed by a Committee member (and therefore their score verified), or a social round submission is verified by handicap sec, or if handicap sec changes their handicap on review. In other words, a player cannot manipulate their handicap, or make mistakes in score inputs, as their handicap will only ever change once committee accepted their score. But, it seems that won't be the case anymore once WHS comes in this November for us.