Returning of Scores: Golfer Responsibilities
A reminder from England Golf about your responsibilities when it comes to retuning scores for handicap purposes. You are expected to:
- Follow the Rules of Golf, act with integrity by following the Rules of Handicapping and refrain from using or circumventing the rules for the purposes of gaining an unfair advantage.
- Pre-register any score intent as a General Play score prior to play or enter any Competition in the required manner.
- Complete the round and attempt to make the best score possible at each hole.
- Submit scores as soon as possible after the completion of play.
- Ensure that you certify any score submissions you have witnessed as soon as possible.
From 29 November 2021, any General Play scores registered by the MyEG App that are not returned within an acceptable period will be designated as a Penalty Score within your handicap record. Should your score not be submitted you will receive a reminder email asking you to complete the process or contact the club. If you do not act, an automated Penalty Score will be applied to your handicap record, which could adjust your handicap upwards or downwards. Further details to follow . . . . .
WHS First Birthday
To mark the 1st anniversary of the World Handicap System (WHS) going live in Great Britain and Ireland, England Golf has supplied some facts and figures about the first year of the WHS in England:
Courses and Tees
- 16,000 tee sets have been registered and given a Course Rating and Slope Rating
- There is a 50/50 split of 9 hole and 18 hole courses, although 94% of scores submitted are from 18 hole courses.
- The average course lengths are 5891 yards (men's tees) and 5333 yards (women's tees)
- 6.75 million scores returned (1 million more than in 2019 under CONGU)
- 4.9 million Competition Scores (5592 by Mapperley members)
- 1.8 million General Play Scores (1285 by Mapperley members)
- Average Handicap Index: 17.0 Men (16.7 at Mapperley)
- Average Handicap Index: 27.2 Women (25.8 at Mapperley)
- These are similar to the averages under CONGU
How do I keep my Handicap active?
Your handicap does not lapse as long as you are a playing member of an affiliated golf club.
However, to be eligible to enter Open Competitions and Club Knockouts at Mapperley and to win the trophy in Major Competitions you need to have submitted a minimum of 6 Acceptable Scores (including at least 3 in Competition play) in the previous 12 months.
You can check the number of Aceptable Scores that you have returned in the 12 months to 1st November 2021 in this Acceptable Scores Report.
Note: the number of scores shown in the report includes cards submitted for initial handicap allocation, if applicable. These scores do not count towards the required 6 scores in the last 12 months.
Submitting General Play Scores
Submitting of General Play Scores at Mapperley will not be available until 31st March while Winter Rules are in place.
The My England Golf app is the preferred method for submitting General Play Scores for handicap purposes at Mapperley - and you can use it for rounds played at other courses in England too.
You must register your intent to submit a score with the app before the start of the round and your score will need to be verified through the My EG app by a playing partner who holds a WHS Handicap Index. This can be a member of any affiliated golf club or an iGolf subscriber.
Click to view a short video overview of the app . . . . .
. . . . and click for further guidance on:
Your device must be set to allow the app to use Location Services so that it can find golf courses in close proximity. If you cannot locate nearby courses, try opening Google Maps to make sure the device has identified your location. It may also be worth re-installing the latest version of the app.
The app cannot be used for submitting competition scores - you should use the PSI screen or the HowDidiDo app for competitions.
How do I check my Handicap?
Click for details of how to check your handicap, including:
- How you can look up your handicap at the golf club, on the website and with your apps
- Handicap adjustments in mixed and multi-tee competitions
- The interactive Handicap Calculator
- Downloadable Excel Handicap Calculators