2006 Revision Schedule and trial procedure

Posted December 20, 2005 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

The USGA Handicap System, 2002-2005

In preparation for the upcoming season, please review the Association's Revision Schedule for the 2006 active season. Score posting will begin on April 1, 2006 and continue until October 31, 2006. All scores played in the Western Pennsylvania region during this period are acceptable for handicap purposes.

There will be 15 revisions in 2006. The USGA has approved a trial procedure for golf associations that observe an inactive season to set a revision or revisions during this period. The WPGA has adopted this procedure for 2006. The inactive season revision will take place on January 10, 2006.

As part of this trial, please note Decision 6-5/2 from the USGA Handicap System™. Following is the text from this decision:

“6-5/2. Procedure When Multiple Club Member’s Handicap Index is Lower at Golf Club With an Inactive Season Than at Club With Active Season

Q: A player is a member of golf club A in Minnesota and golf club B in Arizona. His Handicap Index at club A was 15.2 when the season closed on October 15. The golfer spends several months in Arizona playing golf at club B where his Handicap Index, based on his most recent 20 scores, is 16.8. Based on Section 6-5 he is required to play with his Handicap Index of 15.2 until that revision changes the following April 15 at Club A. Should not the player be permitted to play with the Handicap Index of 16.8 which is based on his most recent scores?

A: Yes. Since the player’s Handicap Index at club B is based on his most recent 20 scores, and that is not the case for his Handicap Index at club A because club A is inactive and not processing the Arizona scores, it would be equitable to use the higher Handicap Index.”

The USGA Handicap System™2006-2007 will be in effect on January 1, 2006.