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Members please note:-
that the new World Handicap System scheduled to be introduced 
next year has now been delayed until November 2020.
In the meantime the current system will continue up to that date.
However attached is a short précis explaining the basis of the new system.
Peter Seddon 
Handicap Secretary
The briefest explanation.:-
1) The current Standard Scratch Score will be replaced by
 a COURSE RATING. This represents the expected score of a 
 scratch golfer in normal summer conditions. 
The COURSE RATING for Whetstone is 70.4.
2) Your handicap is based on how well you play relative to
 the COURSE RATING and is calculated from the average 
 of the gross scores of the best 8 of your last 20 rounds. 
  This handicap is now called the HANDICAP INDEX.
3) A SLOPE INDEX has also been issued. This is derived from 
 the expected difference in scores of a 20 handicapper to a scratch golfer. 
 Whetstone’s SLOPE INDEX is 123.
4) When you play golf in a competition, the strokes that you are 
 allowed (now called your COURSE HANDICAP) will depend
 on the SLOPE INDEX of the course you are playing. Your
 COURSE HANDICAP will be displayed in a table posted at the club, 
 but is calculated as :-
5) It will be mandatory to enter your scores on the computer 
 whether you are playing home or away. All rounds on qualifying 
 courses will count but you will be required to pre-register your round. 
 (as you do now for Supplementary Rounds).  Adjustment of your
 HANDICAP INDEX will automatically be made by the computer.
I will post further details during 2020.
Peter Seddon
Handicap Secretary