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LA CALA MEMBERS SIGNUP - WORLD HANDICAP CHANGES

From David Rogers (The person that look after the members’ signup system)

Hi Everybody. The committee have asked me to make some changes to the signup system to help cope with the new handicapping system that is now in operation. A little bit of explanation is needed so that you can understand what’s going on. If you have a SGF No (Spanish Golf Federation Number), it is stored in your personal details and can be used to get your current handicap index.

If your home club is in Spain then not much is going to change for you. If your home club is not in Spain, or no longer in Spain, then things will be slightly different. For your home club to be in Spain you must have a SGF No and this must be held in your personal details. If your home club is not in Spain then the SGF No in your personal details must be blank. If this is the case for you then your home club details must be given to the committee and they will enter the full details.

We have introduced extras columns in the Signup & Start Sheets. The columns appear after the ‘Twos’ Column. The first is the colour of the tee you use when playing (Y, B, R or G). This column was added to the website a few weeks ago but not the apps. It will now appear in the apps as well. The second is a Verified column with a heading of ‘V’. This column has several states. The first state is when it is blank. It will be in the blank state if the competition date is more than 6 days from now. When the competition date is within 6 days then the state can be ‘-‘, ‘N’ or ‘Y’. If your home club is in Spain then your entry will show as a ‘-‘. If your home club is not in Spain and your handicap index has not been verified by yourself within six days of the competition date it will show as ‘N’. If your home club is not in Spain and your handicap index has been verified by yourself within six days of the competition date it will show as ‘Y’. If you add a Guest there is a new field ‘Handicap Verified Y/N’. It defaults to ‘N’ and can’t be modified until 6 days before the competition date. Some things differ a little between the website and the apps.

Website

If the competition date is within 6 days then there will be a button ‘Verify’. Clicking this button will send you to a screen to allow you to change or confirm your handicap index for yourself and your partner if you have a partner. If you have no partner then clicking the Verify button will exit back. If you have a partner then you can verify both yourself and your partner. You then have to uses the Back button to exit. If you have added a guest you can select that guest then click the Verify button to enable you to confirm the handicap index.

iOS (Apple) App

Signup If the competition date is within 6 days: If your home club is not Spain and you tap on yourself or your partner you will now have three options in the popup spinner i.e. Remove, Change Twos and Verify. The Verify will send you to a screen to allow you to change or confirm your handicap index for yourself and your partner if you have a partner. If you have no partner then clicking the Verify button will exit back. If you have a partner then you can verify both yourself and your partner. You then have to use the Back button to exit. If you tap on a guest that you added you will be able to confirm the handicap index for your guest with the Edit Friend option.

Start Sheet Currently we have “Tap to Change 2’s”. This will remain for members with home club Spain. If home club is not Spain you will get a spinner with Change Twos and Verify. If you click a Guest that you added regardless of home club you will get Change Twos and Edit Friend.

Android (Google) App

Signup If the competition date is within 6 days: If your home club is not Spain and you tap on yourself or your partner you will now have a dialogue with an extra button Verify. The Verify will send you to a screen to allow you to change or confirm your handicap index for yourself and your partner if you have a partner. If you have no partner then clicking the Verify button will exit back. If you have a partner then you can verify both yourself and your partner. You then have to use the Back button to exit. If you tap on a guest that you added you will be able to confirm the handicap index for your guest with the Edit option.

Start Sheet Currently we have “Tap to Change 2’s”. This will remain for with home club Spain. If home club is not Spain you will get a dialogue with Change Twos and Verify. If you click a Guest that you added regardless of home club you will get Change Twos and Edit. Members with a Spanish home club do not need to verify their handicaps because there is a nonsecure website that enables me to get the web page which returns their exact handicap.

Having looked closely at England World Handicap, I can’t find a nonsecure website that return a player’s handicap index. You have to have logged in before you can get your own unless you are a club official who can enquire on anybody’s handicap index, but you still have to have logged in. If any country other that Spain has a nonsecure website that returns a player’s handicap then we might be able to us it to auto grab your handicap index. I use

to get the Spain members handicap, replacing the AM number with that of the member. This page begins http:// which is nonsecure. https:// is a secure website which I am unable to use. If there are enough members in a country that has nonsecure web site then please ask me to look into it.

If you have any questions, suggestions, problems then do send me an e-mail on david@tabs.me.uk and I will look into it for you.

Regards, David Rogers

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SCORES ACCEPTABLE FOR HANDICAP PURPOSES UNDER THE WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM

February 16, 2021 medal competition

A number of our members, who played in the medal competition on February 16, 2021, were surprised to see that their scores initially were not reflected in their scoring records and their handicap indices were adjusted upwards by 0,2.

The organiser of the competition discussed this with the buggy desk, and it was deemed that three of our members came in after nine holes and their scores were appropriately not included on their scoring records. In these circumstances the Spanish Golf Federation (RFEG) automatically add a 0,2 penalty to their handicap indices.

Three other members did not enter any scores on their scorecards for a number of holes and the buggy desk followed the same procedure as the members who only completed nine holes. This was subsequently corrected to reflect net double bogeys (using course handicap) on those holes where no score was entered for handicap purposes. They were appropriately disqualified in the competition (for not completing the medal round) but their scores were reinstated for handicap purposes.

What do the WHS rules tell us?

The maximum score for each hole played is limited to a net double bogey – which is equal to Par of the hole + 2 strokes (double bogey) + any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole based on their Course Handicap.

For example, a player with a Course Handicap of 12 is entitled to one additional stroke on holes allocated with stroke index 1 through 12 on the scorecard. On a par 4 hole, with a Stroke Index of 10, the player’s maximum score would be 4 (par) + 2 (double bogey) + 1 (stroke received) = 7.

When the format of play allows, players are encouraged to pick up at their maximum hole score to keep up a good pace. For competitions, the adjustment is applied after the round. This means that the score posted for the competition and the score submitted for handicap purposes could be different.

The Net Double Bogey adjustment prevents high individual hole scores from inflating a player’s Handicap Index and promotes fair play when golfers of various abilities enjoy a round of golf together.

What does this mean for our La Cala qualifying competitions?

We all try and play our best golf in our qualifying competitions, sometimes we are successful and other times not. If in a medal or a stableford competition a player’s gross score converts into no worse than a net bogey on every hole he need not be concerned about the concept of a net double bogey.

If in a medal competition, a player fails to hole out on any hole, he will be disqualified and, on that hole, a net double bogey will go down for his scoring record (based on his course handicap). It still makes sense to try and play good golf even if you cannot take further part in the competition, as this could well have a positive effect on your scoring record and handicap index.

In a stableford competition there is no disqualification for failure to hole out and complete a hole. For handicap purposes it may still make sense, however, to enter a higher score on a hole than a net double bogey. Assuming a player has an 18 playing handicap and a 19 course handicap on America, that player would only get one stroke on hole 15 based on his playing handicap but two based on his course handicap.

Assuming the player takes eight shots to get down it would be better for him to enter an 8 rather than a blob, as he would get one extra point for handicap purposes.

If, however, there is a valid reason for a score not having been submitted – sudden injury or illness, emergency or dangerous weather conditions – and less than 14 holes have been played, the competition organiser will normally decide that the score be not posted. It is, however, up to the player to inform the organiser of the competition of the circumstances. The Handicap Committee will consider disciplinary procedures for players who repeatedly fail to submit their scores or fail to complete rounds.

David Wilson

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MEDAL COMPTETITION UPDATE

As announced at the prizegiving on Sunday:

The introduction of the WHS has brought about a number of changes all players need to adapt to. One of these is the ability to play in a qualifying competition from the tee of your choice - irrespective of age. At La Cala we are extremely lucky to have 3 golf courses providing us with different options and difficulty of play on any given day.

Each tee on each course at La Cala has been slope rated by the RFEG. This allows the men to opt to play from the Yellow, Blue or Red Tees and the ladies to play from the Blue, Red or Green Tees. (Obviously all players in a qualifying competition must tee off from the Discs on their tee of choice and use their corresponding course playing handicap)

The administration of this option requires more player involvement and assistance. On Sunday 7th March between the hours of 12:00hrs and 19:00hrs any member that wishes to play from a different tee on the day must go to the www.lacalamembers.eu website and the “Settings” section.

To change your assigned tee colour please go to the internet site - www.lacalamembers.eu. Go to “Settings” and click on your name - this is where you can update your tee colour. Once selected click „Save". Men may opt to play from Yellow, Blue or Red Ladies may opt to play from Blue, Red or Green.

PLEASE NOTE: For administrative purposes this option can only be actioned between 12:00hrs and 19:00hrs on Sunday 7th March. After this time the competition will be in Prep mode and no further changes can be allowed as time is needed to set the competition up on the RFEG site. On the day - ALL players MUST play from their appropriate tee box from the DISCS. Please ensure your correct selected tee colour and corresponding course playing handicap (95% column) are listed on the start sheet and your card. Once the competition has been completed you will have to go to settings and change your tee colour back to it's normal setting.

It will be interesting to see who decides what... and what scores will come in!

Kind regards, Loraine