Juniors - Getting a Handicap

What is a Handicap?

Golf has developed an ingenious way of allowing players of different abilities to play with and against each other. 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 men, ladies and juniors. Their website www.congu.com contains in detail how the handicapping system works. The maximum CONGU handicap for girls is 36.

How to Get a Handicap

With BGG there are four stages you can work through towards gaining the CONGU handicap. Once you have this handicap you can play in any official competitions.

Stage 1 - BGG Provisional Junior Handicap
If you belong to Berkshire Girls Golf 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 Berkshire Girls Golf

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 (54 – 37)
If you are a member of a Golf Club but not have not yet reached the standard required to gain the official CONGU handicap

If you are over 14 years then you must play a full18 holes marked by a member or a player with a valid handicap, on three occasions.

If you cannot yet play 18 holes (and are under age 14) then the Club MAY allow you to play 6 or 9 holes marked by a member on three occasions.

The Junior Organiser, Professional or Ladies Handicap Secretary may allocate you a “Club Junior Handicap” up to a maximum of 54. Again this will get you started and give you a target to aim for improvement, and you can use it when playing in Junior and friendly competitions.

If your Club is reluctant to issue a Junior Handicap, BGG may be able to intercede for you. Always keep a copy of all cards that you submit.

If your club does not use Junior Handicaps then you will be issued with a 36 CONGU Handicap Certificate (36 is the maximum CONGU handicap for ladies) even though your “true” handicap is more than this. This places you at a disadvantage when competing in BGG events against girls with a BGG or Club Junior Handicap. So, provided you have a CONGU Handicap of 36, you can apply to us for a BGG Handicap, ie up to a maximum of 54, by producing just one recent card, either from a Club Competition or from a BGG competition. This BGG Handicap Certificate can only be used for BGG and BB&O events and this will ensure fairness for you. You will still however have to use your CONGU Handicap Certificate for Club events.

Stage 4 – CONGU Ladies Handicap (36 – 1)
If you are a member of a Golf Club and can reach the standard required to gain the CONGU handicap

You will have to play a full18 holes marked by a member or player with a valid handicap on three occasions. The Junior Committee will then allocate you a CONGU handicap 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 contact Pera Marrs.