Handicapping changes are criticised

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 12, 2011 15:23

The European Golf Course Owners Association  (EGCOA) has criticised proposed handicapping changes by the European Golf Association (EGA), stating that they are so complicated that they will make club membership seem unattractive.

The proposed system, which the Austrian Golf Federation will not follow, and clubs in Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland have expressed doubts over, will feature the Computer Buffer Adjustment (CBA) to replace Competition Stableford Adjustment (CSA).

A statement from EGCOA said: “The new golfer is not looking for complicated handicap systems, but for a good time on the golf course. The system seems to be too complicated already for the average golfer. The new changes will make the game even less attractive for the biggest group of golfers. Membership golf is not growing in most parts of Europe. Many golf courses suffer financially due to this situation. Given this circumstance it seems logical to make golf more attractive for players instead of more complicated.”

A spokesman for the EGA said the 2012 system is “essentially the same as the 2007 version and the revision process started with extensive consultations with national associations”.

Meanwhile, the English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) will hold handicap and amateur status seminars  throughout England during October, November and December to help highlight the changes to be brought in by the 2012 CONGU Unified Handicapping System and new amateur status code.

The seminars will include information on changes to general play, supplementary scores and the Central Database of Handicaps (CDH).

James Crampton, EGU handicap and SSS manager, said that all English clubs will need to be aware of the information by the beginning of 2012. “The seminars will be beneficial to club managers and  competition and handicapping secretaries as there are changes which will affect both the running of the club and the way the amateur game is played,” he said.

The cost of attending the seminar is £10 per delegate or £25 per club with a maximum of three representatives. For a list of venues and dates, visit http://w-i-n.es/L9d.

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 12, 2011 15:23

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