Competition Handicaps

Clause 25.1 of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System 2008-2011 gives a Union the right to ‘direct that the handicap of any player, in whatever Category, who fails to return a stipulated minimum number of Qualifying Scores in a period between Annual Reviews shall lapse.'

The English, Welsh and Scottish Golf Authorities have introduced different schemes to administer this rule.  At the moment the Irish do not use this clause.  England & WalesThe start of 2010 saw the English and Welsh Golfing Unions introducing a systems of Active and Inactive Handicaps for both Gents and Ladies.  In short, at the beginning of every year each club will check the number of qualifying rounds all players have returned in the previous year. If that number is less than three, the player's handicap is marked with an 'i' to show that it is 'Inactive'.   The club may then choose to limit entry (or the award or prizes) to golfers who's handicaps display that mark.

To remove this 'i' Inactive status, a player must return three qualifing scores in the current playing year.
Points to remember;

This process is run at the start of a calendar year.
Players' handicaps are marked 'i' Inactive, not Lapsed as in Scotland.

Players' handicaps are still adjusted up and down as usual.
To remove the 'i' Inactive status you must return three qualifying scores in the current year.

It is at the competition organising committee's discretion whether 'i' Inactive handicaps may either participate or win prizes in a competition.

If you wish to read the detailed specifications issued by the EGU/EWGA, please click here to visit the CONGU website.
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