SCGA Update
Last Updated: 01/06/18
SCGA Multiclub Member Rebate Program.  
For the 2018 membership year, anyone who is a member of more thatn one SCGA club is eligible for a rebate directly from SCGA for any dues that they pay that exceeds $55.  The SCGA charges clubs $36 per member per club, therefore the rebate breaks down as follows:
     Member of two clubs? They get back $17
     Member of three clubs? They're eligible to get back $53
     Members of 4 or more clubs will get a rebate check that increases by $36/club
Multiclub members should apply for the rebate at: www.scga.org/rebate.

DID YOU EVER WONDER...?
What does the SCGA give you through your Griffith Park Golf Club Membership?  Well let me count (some) of the ways as the saying goes.  You get:
Playing Opportunities; Member Outings, Golf Play Days including over 175 tournaments each year with access to Exclusive Courses.
Gree fee and Equipment Discounts; up to 20% off tee times by booking through scga.org, "member advaantage" - monthly deals spotlighting local courses and providing an exclusive member only discount, a $15 Roger Dunn gift card.
Game Improvements, including; a Handicap index updated twice a month to track your progress and improve your game, Rules of Golf and Handicap Certification Seminars, and with SCGA.ORG you can create a Personal Profile, Post Scores,Track your Handicap Index, Sign Up for a Tournament, Book a Tee Time, Find a Course and much more. 



My Handicap index has an R after it...

Recently, one of our better players, stated that his newest revision had an R after it and he was concerned that he was being accused of sandbagging etc.  In looking at his situation (last 20 scores, etc) it showed that his index should have been 4.1 but it was listed as 3.9R.  A deeper look showed that he had 11 "eligible" Tournament (T) scores and the lowest two were a 68 and 70 gross with differentials of -2.4 and -0.5.  Trust me that the R was produced by the USGA - SCGA-Ghin computer and the caculations can be seen by going to: www.usga.com - handicapping - section 10.3.  This R situation is going to be with him for awhile since T scores are kept for a year, or longer if they are part of the last 20 scores (and even longer since it may be his low index for the last 12 months).  Some clubs count every event as a Tournament while the USGA/SCGA recommend that only say 4 or 5 events should be T scores  with regular sweeps being listed as Home (H) or Away (A) scores.


PEER REVIEW AND PLAYING ALONE (from the USGA Handicap System)

The concept of Peer Review is an essential element of the USGA Handicap System.  It allows other players to learn a player's potential ability and to form a reasonable basis for supporting or disputing a score that has been posted.  Without Peer Review a Handicap index loses its inherent value and is just a number.

Players are not prohibited from playing alone, only from posting solo round scores for handicap purposes.  By playing alone, a player loses the advantage of someone alongside who can remind the player of a rule or verify that they made a 5 and not a 6.  Handicap controls, a series of checks and balances that have always been a part of the USGA Handicap System, insure that a Handicap Index will accurately measure a player's potential ability.  They exist to assist the golf club and Handicap Committee with its responsibilities.  The amendment to clarify a round played alone as an UNACCEPTEDABLE score is an important part opf building a greater confidence in a player's handicap index.  "As long as someone accompanies the player during the round,(e.g., fellow competitor, opponent, caddie, marker for a tournament, friend riding along in a cart) the player is not playing alone".


PLAYERS COMPETING FROM DIFFERENT SETS OF TEES  (from the SCGA)

When golfers compete and play from differnt tees, the golfer playing from the tees with the higher Course Rating will receive extra strokes.  To determin the number of extra strokes, round off the difference between the two Course Ratings and add that difference to the course handicap of the golfer playing from the higher rated tees.

EXAMPLE: Player A plays from the Black tees, with a course rating of 73.9.  Player B plays from the middle tees with a Course Rating of 72.1.  Player A receives two more strokes (73.9 - 72.1 = 1.8) added to player A's Course Handicap.  A decimal of .5 or more is rounded to the next higher number.

Men and Women Competing
The same standards apply.  Check the Women's Course Rating for the set of tees she will play from.  Compare it to the men's Course Rating for the set of tees he will play from.  If for example, the women's Course Rating is 73.5 from the forward tees and the men's Course Rating is 70.5 from the middle tees, she will receive an extra 3 strokes (73.5 -70.5 =3) added to her course handicap.




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