The PRGC Handicap Committee:
Chairperson – Marc Crouch
Head Golf Professional – Justin Mouser
Golf Professional – Linda Dorsey
Head Golf Professional – Sandy Johnson
PRGC HANDICAP COMMITTEE
PURPOSES, POLICIES, RULES AND PRINCIPLES
Purpose and Policy
The Handicap Committee (“the Committee”) of the PRGC was established by the Board of Directors (“the Board”) of the PRGC to ensure that the Handicap Index of the members is maintained fairly, equitably and in accordance with the rules of the USGA Handicap System. The Board recognizes that the Manual is broadly worded in many areas and leaves considerable discretion to the licensed golf club as to the best way to implement the system. Accordingly, the Board adopts the following rules, none of which are inconsistent with the Manual, under which the Committee shall operate during the performance of its duties. The purpose of these rules is to ensure both 1) that the Handicap Index as maintained by the PRGC is fair and accurate and 2) that the Committee performs its duties in a fair, transparent and equitable manner and is seen by the members of the PRGC to so perform its duties.
The Committee shall consist of a chairman appointed by the president of the Board and a suitable number of members.
The Committee shall operate in accordance with the USGA Handicap System Manual (the “Manual”) and rules and policies adopted by the Board. If any point that is not expressly covered by the Manual or the rules and procedures adapted by the Board, the Committee should make its decision in accordance with equity.
Normally, no penalty score should be posted or Handicap Index adjustment be made for an innocent or inadvertent error made by a player in posting a score or failing to post a score, particularly when the error is capable of correction. A player should post an acceptable score as soon as practical after completion of a round. However, normally no penalty score should be posted because a player has been slow or late in the posting of a score. Posting errors will be corrected by the Committee for the day in error. The PRGC believes that the purpose of the system is to provide fair and equitable handicaps to enable players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis, and not to punish or intimidate members and players. However, nothing in this Rule 3 is intended to limit the ability of the Committee to deal appropriately with persistent or willful violators of the rules.
When a player posts a score which is too low, it is as detrimental to the purpose of the system as is the posting of a score which is too high. The Handicap Indexes are incorrect in either instance and this is unfair in competition to both the player`s teammates and the player`s competitors. If, in response to the posting of a score which is too low, an even lower penalty score is posted by the Committee, this would compound the problem. In such instances, if the Committee determines that, in accordance with these rules, a penalty score should be posted, it should normally be higher then the incorrectly low score which was posted in order to bring the player`s Handicap Index to a more correct value.
In all instances, before the Committee posts any penalty score or makes any Handicap Index adjustment, the Committee shall notify the player in writing and give the player an opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the proposed penalty score or adjustment, either in writing or by appearance before the Committee.
If a player is dissatisfied with any action taken against the player by the Committee, the player may appeal that action. The appeal shall be heard by a three-person appellate section of the Committee whose members are appointed by the president of the Board. The members of the appellate section shall not otherwise participate in the deliberations and decisions of the Committee in any manner. The chairman of the Committee and any member of the Board shall not be part of the appellate section. All decisions of the appellate section are final and are not subject to further review.
The Committee may not require the returning of scorecards from players in order for a score to be posted. The Committee may periodically request that the players return scorecards in order to sample the accuracy with which players are adjusting scores. Compliance with such a request is voluntary on the part of a player, and in any case the Committee must not take punitive action regarding the scoring record or the Handicap Index if a scorecard does not accompany a score. However, the Committee may require a return of scorecards for a provisional period from a player who has had a Handicap Index withdrawn or modified.
Peer review is an integral part of the USGA Handicap System to ensure that the player’s Handicap Index accurately reflects the player’s skills and ability and to ensure fair and honest competition between players of differing abilities. Peer review is the process of providing a reasonable and regular opportunity for members of the PRGC to play golf with each other, and of providing access to scoring records and FSGA/USGA Handicap Indexes for inspection by others. The Peer Review process may and should be accomplished by each PRGC member, as well as the Committee, as follows:
a) Help ensure that hole scores are correct and by USGA rules;
b) Review and attest score cards prior to turning them in;
c) Member scoring records may be accessed on the GHIN computer.
These rules shall be prominently posted so that all members of the PRGC will be familiar with them and will know their obligations under the system.
HANDICAP COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES:
• To Encourage all golfers to maintain a fair and equitable handicap index
• To provide a means for all golfers to record their scores (GHIN score entry computer)
• To promote peer review of all golfers in every playing group to ensure accurate scores are recorded and posted
• To encourage all golfers to report to the handicap committee any violations that can not be resolved within their group
• To conduct randon audits to ensure score entry by all golfers
• Participating in peer review
• Accurate score keeping
• Timely and accurate score entry into the GHIN systems
• Amicably resolving any issues
• Reporting any unresolved issues to the handicap committee
• Reviewing posted scores of peers and resolving errors or reporting unresolved issues
• Peer review and fair/equitable handicap index’s are everyone’s responsibility