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Paul Bourgeois
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:23 am    Post subject: Tuesday Ottawa Singles Series: Player Handicap Overview Reply with quote

Dear Members of the Ottawa Disc Golf Community,

With May fast approaching, we are all looking forward to an excellent season of disc golf. Here is more background on how the Tuesday Ottawa Singles Series (TOSS) will work. Have a look at how you can benchmark your game by participating on Tuesday evenings.

As was mentioned in a previous post, TOSS will use a handicap system to order the players each week. A handicap system is a method of rating a golfer according to the number of strokes that they can expect to take on a given course. The ideal golfer has a zero or "scratch" handicap. Another golfer may have a handicap of five. The player with the handicap of five can be expected to finish a round five strokes behind the scratch player. A player with a handicap of 15 would be expected to finish 15 strokes behind the scratch player, and ten strokes behind the player with a handicap of 5. Let's suppose that these three players decided to play on a Tuesday night at Jacques Cartier Park, and that evening, everyone played from the yellow teepads. This might be what their scores look like:

In order, from lowest score to highest:
Scratch Player: Shoots 50 (-4)
5 Handicap Player: Shoots 54 (Par)
15 Handicap Player Shoots 63 (+9)

You can bet the player with the 15 handicap felt pretty good about scoring +9, while the scratch handicap player would have said they had an okay round. While the scratch player (as expected) turned in the lowest score, the players' handicapped scores are calculated by taking their "raw" score and subtracting their handicap from it:

Handicapped scores, from lowest score to highest:
15 Handicap Player: 63-15=48
5 Handicap Player : 54-5=49
Scratch Handicap Player: 50-0=50

The player with the 15 handicap had a reason to feel good about their round. Their adjusted score made them the top finisher for the evening! This example illustrates one of the greatest aspects of handicap play: The round of golf is a competition against only yourself and your own score. If you score a personally good round, you stand an excellent chance of finishing in the top of the field.

In a coming post, we'll look at how players can establish their handicaps, how top finishers will be rewarded for their excellent rounds, and all of the other details surrounding an exciting series of disc golf.

Warm regards,
Paul Bourgeois
Coordinator,
Tuesday Ottawa Singles Series


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