As we reach the end of what has been another challenging year, we would like to wish all golfers a safe and healthy Festive Season.
This month, which is traditionally the busiest of the year, we would like to remind golfers of some of the important aspects of entering scores on the HNA handicap system.
Make sure you play off the correct Course Handicap
Each course and each tee potentially present you with a different Course Handicap, so it is important to make sure you check your CH before you play.
Enter your scores in time
Upon completion of the round, golfers are requested to enter their score before midnight on the day of play. This will ensure that as many scores as possible will be taken into account when calculating the Playing Conditions Calculation, which determines whether there is a need to adjust the calculated score differential due to adverse weather conditions or course setup on the day of play.
Failure to enter a score within 24 hours after midnight of the day the round was played will result in a Penalty Score automatically being applied by the system. The Penalty Score will be equal to the player’s lowest score differential from their previous 20 scores entered on the system.
The Penalty Score will be considered in your Handicap Index calculation until it falls out of your most recent 20 scores.
Note: Players who are playing the next day and do not enter their score on the day of play will not have a valid Handicap Index the following day and could therefore be excluded from competing in a competition.
Ensure you enter the correct score
The onus is on you to ensure your scores are entered successfully and accurately. You can check this by visiting your ‘Handicap Record Sheet‘ on the HNA system. If a score doesn’t show here, then it hasn’t been entered successfully and you will have to resubmit it.
If you have submitted an incorrect score, your home club’s handicap administrator will be able to correct the entry for you.
Achieving an exceptional score
If your score differential is between 7.0 and 9.9 strokes better than your HI, you will have submitted an exceptional score and the system will cut your HI by 1 stroke. If your score differential is equal to or greater than 10.0 strokes better than your HI, then the system will cut your HI by 3 strokes.
The Playing Conditions Calculation
Your performance is measured against the Course Rating and Slope Rating of the tees that were played. However, these values are based on normal playing conditions and factors such as weather or course set-up can make a course play harder or easier than normal.
When abnormal course or weather conditions cause scores to be unusually high or low on a given day, a Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) will adjust your Score Differential to better reflect your actual performance. This mechanism works by a statistical procedure that evaluates acceptable scores submitted each day and compares them to the expected scores of those players. The PCC is calculated automatically by the handicap server, so there is no additional work for you or the club administrators.
Entering foreign rounds
You can and must enter scores for foreign courses that are not registered on our system. To do this, select the ‘Foreign Round’ option during Step 1 of the score-entry process.
Quote of the Month
“Keep your sense of humour. There’s enough stress in the rest of your life to not let bad shots ruin a game you’re supposed to enjoy.” – Amy Alcott.