Initially scheduled for a February 1, 2010 implementation date, the roll out has been delayed to probably more like March or April. Simon Magduski, the rules and handicapping manager at Golf Australia has said the changes have taken a little longer than expected.
“From the outset, GA has been determined to design the implementation strategy in such a way as to minimise cost and logistical challenges for all interested parties. This has involved GA and Golf Link working through a comprehensive analysis of each of the potential regulations considered for inclusion in the first package of changes.”
This first package includes two changes:
- Commencement of USGA’s “rolling sample” handicapping. This is the handicapping method employed many parts of the world including the US and looks at a golfers previous 20 rounds to calculate a handicap. See my previous article here for more information.
- Remove CCR (Calculated Course Rating) for men’s handicapping. This will be removed from all handicapping and competitions and handicapping will be based on AMCR (Australian Men’s Course Rating). Incidentally, this was removed from women’s handicapping in 2007.
I’ll explain a little more over the coming months how these changes will effect you, your club and your handicap.
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