377 clubs throughout Scotland, representing over 143,000 players, have registered so far with the Central Database Of handicaps scheme being undertaken by the SGU in association with the SLGA and the Welsh Golf Union.
The Scottish Golf Union continue to make good progress with the promotion of the scheme and have been assisting with club/player registration enquiries.
The SGU are hoping that as many clubs as possible will register for the scheme, maximising the benefits of the automatic transfer of away scores between clubs.
A paper outling the benefits of the schem has been in circulation for some time :-
CENTRAL DATABASE OF HANDICAPS
For the Individual Golfer:
Players able to access their Exact and Playing Handicap online (including date of last update and itemising any away scores Nett Differentials pending processing at the Player’s home golf club)
Once all golf clubs actively participating, removes the requirement for player’s to return away score information to their ‘home’ golf club
Using unique identification numbers ensures all player’s scores are recorded on their own individual Player Handicap Record, eliminating the possibility of scores being recorded against the wrong name
Full annual playing record readily available to all players
Assurance that the integrity of the CONGU® Unified Handicapping System is being maintained and the System is being consistently applied throughout Scotland/Wales creating as level a playing field as possible across all handicap categories
Current handicap position available to all players on central server
Personalised ‘Scottish Golf/Welsh Golf’ member card, facilitating easy access/reference to CDH
For the Club Administrators:
A standardised system of assured integrity
All ‘away’ scores returned to the ‘home’ club of players automatically – these will contain correct CSS information along with applicable Stableford / Nett Double Bogey Adjustments
No further need for golf clubs hosting competitions to manually return the results back to the ‘home’ clubs of participating players
‘Away’ score administration streamlined through batch data processing of all members ‘away’ scores
Significantly reduces the possibility of double entry of ‘away’ scores
Eliminates requirement for clubs to file returns for the annual National Handicap Audit
CDH provides a Handicap history / archive, available when player changes club or leaves the game for a period and later, rejoins a golf club
Tournament organisers able to authenticate handicaps online for competition entrants in real time
If a club loses its handicap data for any reason then they can immediately access the full handicap records of their members and reinstate these to minimise disruption to their operations.
Ability to verify members of affiliated golf clubs and hence provide benefits to such members that are not available to other golfers
Provision of ‘Scottish Golf/Welsh Golf’ member card enabling clubs to automatically verify handicaps of all competitors. Also, at the clubs discretion, the potential to use this member card as a club card e.g. door entry systems
For the Governing Bodies:
Ability to verify members of affiliated clubs and hence provide benefits to such members that are not available to other golfers
Monitor trends in golf club membership
Automated information available for annual National Handicap Audit purposes
Unions, Associations, Areas and Counties have ability to access up-to-date handicap information for team and coaching squad selection purposes
Gives the potential for tournament organisers to access up-to-date information for entry qualification and authenticate handicaps online for competition entrants
Provides a wealth of statistical information readily accessible to monitor trends in handicapping, participation within the game and assure a fair and equitable handicapping system for all amateur golfers
Greater assurance that the handicapping system is being applied consistently by all clubs and players throughout golf clubs affiliated to the participating Governing Bodies – thereby increasing integrity of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System
Provision of ‘Scottish Golf/Welsh Golf’ member card to all members of golf clubs affiliated to the participating Governing Bodies
The clubs in Ayrshire who have registered so far are :-
PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS
TAM O SHANTER
Any club who have not yet registered, are considering doing so now or in the future, or have no intention to register are requested to contact the SGU direct and update the governing body of the present position, to assist in future planning and development of the Central database of handicap scheme.