Juniors - Getting a Handicap

What is a Handicap?

Unlike many other sports, golf has a handicapping system that allows players of very different abilities to play against one another in a fair and equitable way. This is one of the reasons for golf’s popularity!

It involves giving a player an allowance of additional shots - her handicap - to adjust her score when measuring how she has performed against another player of a different ability

The Council of National Golf Unions, CONGU for short, is the official body which administers the handicap system for all golfers. Their website www.congu.com contains in detail how the handicapping system works. The maximum CONGU handicap for all golfers is 54.

How to Get a Handicap

With Berkshire Girls Golf (BGG) there are three stages you can work through towards gaining your CONGU handicap. Once you have this handicap you can play in any official competitions (handicap entry conditions may apply)

Stage 1 - BGG Junior Handicap
If you belong to BGG and play in the Par 3 Fun Competitions

If you are under 14 and playing mainly on Par 3 and other short courses, you may submit cards for a BGG Provisional Junior Handicap. This handicap will be used in the BGG Fun Competitions and when you are playing socially.

The marker can mark the card as for a Stableford working on the assumption you have the maximum handicap of 54, in other words if you take more than 9 shots you can safely pick up.

You may still submit cards from a longer course for a BGG Junior Handicap or a Club Junior handicap.

Stage 2 – BGG Junior Handicap
If you are NOT a member of a Golf Club and belong to BGG

If you cannot yet play 18 holes (and are under the age of 14 years) then play 6 or 9 holes with a golfer, who has an official CONGU Handicap, marking your card on three occasions. This does not have to be in a competition.

If you are over 14 years then you must play a full 18 holes, again with a golfer, who has an official CONGU Handicap, marking your card, on three occasions. You can play on a 9 hole course, but must complete two rounds (18 holes).

The course you play on must be an officially recognised course, ie it CANNOT be a Par 3 course, but a 9 hole course is acceptable.

The marker can mark the card as for a Stableford working on the assumption you have the maximum handicap of 54, in other words if you take more than 9 shots on a par 5 you can safely pick up.

You can then be awarded a “Berkshire Girls handicap”, up to a maximum handicap of 54. This will get you started and will give you a target to aim for improvement, and you can use it when playing in friendly competitions.

Stage 3 - Club Junior Handicap (-1 to 54)

If you are a member of a Golf Club you can obtain a CONGU Handicap by completing 54 holes of golf either 9 holes or 18 hole combinations which equal 54 holes (ie 2 x 18 holes and 2 x 9 hole cards), these cards will need to be marked by another member who has an official CONGU Handicap.

The Junior/Handicap Committee will then allocate you a CONGU competition (c) handicap based on your cards submitted and will give you a HANDICAP CERTIFICATE. (This is a very important document and whenever you play in competitions you will be asked to show it – so keep it safe!)

For further information on CONGU Handicaps please see the Handicapping section on the BCLGA main page.



For further information on BGG Handicaps contact
Marion Walker, BGG Coaching Organiser
bggcoachingorganiser@bclga.co.uk.

For further information on CONGU Handicaps contact
Marion Hitchcock, County Handicap Advisor
handicapadvisor@bclga.co.uk