The Handicap Committee prides itself on being the most progressive and diligent team to monitor and actively police the USGA Handicap Indexes of any player who is eligible to win a prize. Below is more information on how we accomplish this both leading up to and during the event.
The Handicap Committee may assign a Tournament Index that is lower than your USGA index if the entrant has: 1) a lack of sufficient score history (see details), 2) a past player 'World Am index', 3) has finished in the top 5 in each of the past two years (see details) or 4) has a lower index in the past 12 months*.
- *Need to know where to find your lowest index? Click HERE. If this information is unavailable you are subject to a reduction.
A player is ineligible to compete for prizes if the entrant 1) does not have an approved handicap, 2) does not agree to the rules of competition or 3) handicap is deemed not a proper reflection of their playing potential.
Be familiar with the handicapping system, just as you are with the Rules of Golf.
- A handicap reflects all scores regardless of the course conditions.
- Notify officials of handicap changes prior to the event.
- Have an approved handicap established before July 15, 2017.
- Click Here to make sure your club is authorized by the USGA.
- Past players have index history and may be utilized; but is not a substitute for keeping an index.
- Indexes can be adjusted if scores are exceptional. Adjustments are computerized, retroactive, and applied to all tournament rounds. Adjustments are not required to have a handicap be deemed inaccurate.
- Submitting inaccurate information, regardless of intent; is grounds for ineligibility.
- All tournament committee decisions are final.
If you have an internet handicap, make sure it is USGA approved. Simply registering for a service is not becoming a part of a member club. Once a part of an Internet handicap service, you MUST join one of their member clubs in your online community. Non-approved online USGA handicaps will not be accepted.
International handicaps are reviewed on an individual basis. The participant may need to provide a recent scoring history to the Handicap Committee (score history must include last 20 rounds).
The World Am tournament handicap committee meets each day of the competition to aggressively monitor and review participants handicaps. Prior to releasing flight score sheets, the committee reviews top players' score history and reaches one of three verdicts:
- Let the player continue to play in the competition.
- Bring the player in to meet with the committee and to discuss his/her low net scores.
- Disqualify the player from competition.
The handicap committee reserves the right to change a player's handicap index or disqualify him/her from participation, if deemed necessary. Adjustments are computerized and not up for committee review. All scores are unofficial until Thursday's flight sheet has been publicized.
The Flight Winner's Playoff handicap is based on a calculation using the players' four-day World Am differentials. The required standard USGA course rating adjustment will be in play.