The IGTA handicap index will be established in one of several ways.
1) A players USGA Index or other verifiable index will be used when joining the IGTA, or
2) Certified score cards must be submitted showing Course slope, Rating, yardage, tees, and
par per hole.
3) A player with recent tournament scores will provide the history and also provide required references.
A history chart is established for each player by entering Certified score cards into the IGTA
scoring system or the most recent scores from an established handicap or index. Handicap history
follows USGA guidelines for tournaments.
Slope Rating and Course Rating
The Slope/Course Rating reflects difficulty of a course and this factor will be
applied to every players handicap index each round. These ratings will also
determine the lowest net score system will allow.
Handicap Adjustment System
The IGTA index with slope applied (as expressed above) is used to start the
tournament. For most players there will be no need to modify this handicap.
However, . . . . . .
Handicap may be adjusted for each tournament round if current round reflects
a net score below certain parameters based on statistics. This is for the
protection of the entire field. There is a formula for adjusting the first
round and second round (see examples).
These examples only reflect scores, which are below net 72. The IGTA System
using preprogrammed parameters mentioned above will control the base low net score.
For reference the USGA states a player will shoot to his handicap in only one out
of four or five rounds.
||These are examples only. Factors applied
||could reflect lower net scores.
||Note: Player A nets better than Player C,
||both 15 handicaps, but statistics indicate
||Player C (76 gross) may have inflated handicap.
Handicap history will be updated, which could change the index, after each round
of a tournament.
Effective May 1, 2008, All final Net Scores will be rounded to the nearest half stroke.
After competing in ten tournaments, If a player nets a high number over par the first round, then
he is extended the possibility of netting an equal number of strokes under par
the second round, without adjustment, to result in even par for the tournament or the low score
for the tournament with minor adjustment.
For the IGTA members, with at least ten tournaments within the past year, a provision
has been established to limit the handicap adjustment to allow a base as low as 66.0 for his net score.
For the occasional
IGTA player scores or indexes must be provided, from local associations, to
possibly update IGTA indexes. The IGTA reserves the right to modify the index
at any time, for any player. Also, the Tour may issue a Conditional Handicap for a new or inactive player
when there is uncertainty of his current handicap.
Active Tour Professionals currently holding Developmental Tour Cards, Mini-Tour
Cards, etc. will start each tournament as a plus handicap (i.e., at plus 2)*.
This handicap will not be adjusted for the round. However, if the net is
below 68 for round 1, then the player's handicap for round 2 will become plus
half that net number under par .
*Exceptions can apply when a player's
recent Tournament performance indicates his scoring level merits consideration (higher or lower).
Nationwide Tour or PGA Tour Players, with Exempt Status, or Top Ranked Mini-Tour Players
These Professionals, due to their high level of performance,
will start each tournament at a plus four (+4) handicap .
This handicap will not be adjusted for either round.
Club Professionals, without handicaps, or other scratch players will play with
a zero handicap and not be adjusted for the round. However, if their score is
below 69 for round 1, then the player's handicap for round 2 will become plus two (+2).
Club Professionals or occasional Mini-Tour players (who rarely make a cut) may establish
handicaps according to the IGTA guidelines. These players must provide references for handicap.
This summary is not intended to reflect all aspects or details of the Handicap System.
Compute the Course Handicap from Your Index
Calculate the Handicap Applying the Senior Option
The IGTA Handicap Index indicates a golfer's skill level and comes in the form
of a number taken to one decimal place, e.g. 9.2.
The IGTA uses the same formula and software that is used to calculate a
USGA Handicap Index. The system is based on a traveling golf club, however
since only IGTA scores are entered it cannot be considered a USGA Index.
The Index reflects the player's potential because it is based upon the best
scores posted for a given number of rounds, ideally the best 10 of the last 20
rounds. The Index determines the number of strokes a player receives
depending upon the length and difficulty (slope) of the course being played.
A USGA Course Rating (TM) is the USGA's mark that indicates the evaluation of
the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal conditions.
A USGA Slope Rating (TM) is an evaluation of how much more difficult the course
plays for individuals who are not scratch golfers. The Course Rating and
Slope Rating together reflect the difficulty of the course for players who are
not scratch golfers.
The Handicap Index travels well from course to course, as well as from one
set of tees to another set of tees on the same course. It allows for an
equitable course handicap to be calculated for each golfer; from each tee.
How to compute your Course Handicap A player's Course Handicap is
determined by multiplying his Handicap Index by the USGA Slope Rating of
the course played and then dividing by 113. This can be applied to any
course and any set of tees. Example: Blue Tees w/Course Rating 73.4
and Index 9.2 and slope 130 = 1196/113 Course Handicap = 10.6
How to compute the Senior Course Handicap
Assume the example above is for the standard Blue Tees. Seniors are given
the option of playing the Gold Tees Gold Tees w/Course Rating 72.0
and Index 9.2 and slope 126 = 1159/113 Course Handicap = 10.3
Now let us make an important distinction.
If all players played Blue Tees then, 9.2 Index w/130 slope receives 10.6 CH
If all players played Gold Tees then, 9.2 Index w/126 slope receives 10.3 CH
However, if players in a competition play from different sets of tees then the
player playing from the tees with the higher Rating receives an increase in
handicap equal to the difference in the Course Ratings, or 1.4 in this example.
USGA also states if the majority of the players play the back tees then the
same result is accomplished by subtracting the difference in the Course
Ratings from the handicaps for the forward tees. This is the procedure
followed by the IGTA.
Please Note: As expressed above a player with a 9.2 Index has a 10.3 or 10.6
Course Handicap. The fact two players play from different tees require the
adjustment of the difference in Course Ratings making a 1.7 difference in
handicaps. Whether its 10.3 vs. 12.0 or 8.9 vs. 10.6 it becomes equitable.