Handicap FAQs


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Q. What’s the difference between the IBGA handicap system and the USBGA handicap system?

A. For more information on how the IBGA handicap system operates.    A summary of the IBGA handicap policies can be found here.   The USBGA handicap system operates within the IBGA guidelines ………………

Q. How is the  Stableford system calculated?

A. In accordance with the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) which is the major sponsor of the ISPS Handa US Open Blind Golf Championship, we will be making a change to the Stableford scoring system we have used in the past. The Stableford scoring system that will be used this year is the standard Stableford  scoring system used around the world – based on the net score for each hole – and is designed to bring uniformity to all Stableford tournament scores. This change should not create any problems in that what score keepers will be asked to do is simply to report the actual number of strokes on each hole. The calculation of points will be done/checked by our team of scorers after the round for players unfamiliar with the standard Stableford scoring system.

With standard Stableford scoring a player receives points based on his/her NET score for each hole.

0 points for a Net double bogey or worse;

  • 1 point for a Net bogey;
  • 2 points for a Net par;  
  • 3 points for a Net birdie;
  • 4 points for a Net eagle;
  • 5 points for a Net double eagle; etc.

A few examples:

  • If you have a handicap of 18 you get one stroke per hole so a 5 on a par 4 is a Net par and you receive two points for that hole.
  • If you have a handicap of 36 you get two strokes per hole so a 5 on a par 4 is a Net birdie and you receive 3 points for that hole.
  • If you have a handicap of 23 (say) it is a little trickier. You would then get one stroke per hole with an additional stroke on the 5 most difficult holes (i.e. those with index 1 to 5).
  • Suppose you score a 6 on a par 4 rated 5th most difficult (i.e. index 5). You get 2 strokes on that hole making your score a net 4 (par), and thus you would receive 2 points.
  • If the hole had been rated as index 15 (i.e. only the 15th most difficult) then you would only get 1 stroke, and so your 6 would have been a net bogey and you would receive 1 point for the hole.
  • Formula for converting to an equivalent stroke score is:
    Formula for converting Stableford points to a stroke score. 72 (normal course par) + 36 (points received if you par’d the round in Stableford play) + player handicap – points received for round played

Q. What handicaps are used for what tournaments?

A. IBGA handicaps are used for IBGA sanctioned events.  USBGA handicaps are used for USBGA sanctioned tournaments.

Q. What are the limits for handicaps?

A.  The maximum handicaps for players shall be as follows:

                B1   B2   B3

Men:        54   45   36

Ladies:    63   54   45

Q.  How do you translate stableford scores into data you enter into the myscorecard database?


Q. Do sight categories matter for Stableford scoring?


Q. Who actually enters updates to database?


Q. Should scores be entered hole by hole or grand total? 


Q. Do players make any adjustments or does the system calculate max scores?



Q. Who are the other people authorized to access database or is everybody capable of changing scores?


Q. What is the responsibility of the 4 administrators?



World Handicap System (WHS)

Q.  How Does the New System Work?

A. The new World Handicap System will be averaged based,
using the best 8 of the last 20 scores on your record.

Q. What will happen to my existing playing
history when WHS comes into effect?

A. The scores you currently have in your record will be used to
calculate your new WHS Handicap Index which will
automatically transfer across for day one of WHS.

Q.  Is my handicap going to change

The amount your handicap may change by depends on a
number of factors: consistency and frequency of play for
example. During testing we have found most players new
handicap index will be within 1 stroke of their current CONGU

Q. How long do my 20 scores last on the new

A. Scores will not expire.  However, to maintain an accurate handicap it is recommended that players should return at least 20 scores over a 2 year period.

Q. How Do I Get a World Handicap Index?

A. Handicap Indexes are only available to those players who are
playing members of an affiliated club.  Once you have found a club to join you can be allocated a Handicap Index over 54 holes if you are new to golf. If you are a returning player it may be that we can calculate an initial World Handicap Index from your previous CONGU record.

Q. How are handicaps allocated?

A. A player will still need to return 54 holes worth of scores to be
allocated an initial Handicap Index How long do I have to submit my first 3 cards or 54 holes for Initial Handicap Allocation?
A new player has no time limit to return the first 54 holes worth
of scores, but they won’t hold a handicap index during this

Q.  Once I have been given a Handicap Index,
what happens as I don’t have 20 scores yet?

A. Following your first 54 holes worth of scores, your Handicap
Index will be allocated, then each time you add a new score it
will be recalculated using an adjusted calculation to give you
an Index equivalent to that of the best 8 from 20 principle.

Q.  Do I Have to Submit Every Score for Every Round I Play?

A.  No: you will have to submit all singles competition scores, and
you will have the choice to submit social/recreational scores.

Q.  What is an acceptable score? 

A. An acceptable score will be any singles
competition score and any pre-registered social score returned
from any tee that has a course and slope rating for your

Q. What formats are acceptable for competition

A. Singles – Medal, Stableford, Par/Bogey

Q. How Do Playing Conditions Affect the Score?
How do the playing conditions affect the

A. The system includes a playing conditions adjustment, known
as a “Playing Course Calculation (PCC)”, and this will look at
how players have performed compared to their expected
performance on that golf course for that day. The calculation
will take place at the end of each days play.
Scores from a singles competition or pre-registered
social/recreational score should be entered as soon as
possible at the conclusion of play on that day.
Scores should be entered as soon as

Q. Will we have a different slope rating for each
tee at our club?

A. Yes: each tee has a separate Course Rating and Slope Rating.
Each tee will therefore have a different “Handicap Calculation
Conversion Table” that is used for players to look up your
course handicap for the day.

Q. What are the WR4GD Rankings?

A. add more info here…..

.R4GD Ranking for Golfers with Disability (edgagolf.com).


R4GD Ranking for Golfers with Disability (edgagolf.com)


WR4GD has three Ranking Divisions:


1. Gross stroke play for golf handicaps up to 18.4

2. Net stroke play for golf handicaps up to 18.4

3. Net Stableford for golf handicaps from 18.5 up to 54