“…the Board has now decided to suspend the implementation of the Second Package of Changes to the Australian Handicap System for an indefinite period.
This period of time will allow GA to: Complete our discussions with the USGA and analyse the outcome of these discussions. In response to the queries and requests from Clubs, provide further detail on the USGA Handicap System. Once the desired detail has been provided and our discussions with the USGA have concluded, we will survey all Australian Clubs and State Associations in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of views regarding the US System.”
This does NOT mean the changes to the handicapping system (best 10 of 20 rounds) will be rolled back.
I’m pretty disappointed by this. I assume the negative feedback related to the option to include social rounds – despite the round must be officially scored by another golfer and pre-designated for handicapping prior to beginning the round.
I’ve heard from some pro shop staff that they don’t like the idea because it will require more work. I’ve also heard golfers say it will lead to an increase of cheating. The first argument is just a fear of work, the second is an unfounded fear. I fail to see how cheating will increase. The situation on course will be no different to a regular competition round.
Bummer. I was looking forward to playing against my handicap in the upcoming warm summer evenings like you can in most other golfing countries.