Hobbit's Glen Senior Golf Association
March 31 Update
Welcome to HGSGA! Recently, we received notification that Hobbit's Glen will be closed until such time that it can safely reopen. This is a CA decision. This year's schedule will be contingent upon government policy, CA decisions, Turn House availability, and MISGA actions. I suggest we take this a day at a time and adjust our season as these variables become more definitive. In the meantime, hopefully you can get outside and safely enjoy the spring weather. Take care, Mac
Latest Schedule Updates
Check this website for weekly updates. With the Coronavirus crisis, there will be a number of schedule changes. We will keep you up to date via this website and emails.
Thursday League Play has been suspended - we will resume when Hobbit's Glen is reopened and leagues are given the go ahead by Joan Lovelace.
April 9 - The MISGA event at Sparrows Point has been cancelled.
April 15 - The MISGA event at Holly Hills has been cancelled.
April 21 - The MISGA event at Timbers of Troy has been cancelled.
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A Note from Lew
This is the first of a series of notes on the World Handicap System. For each topic, the first paragraph is from a letter compiled by the Hobbit’s Glen Handicap Committee.* I’ve added a “What’s Different” section for each topic.
1. Your Handicap Index will be calculated differently
The Handicap Index calculation has been altered so that it is more responsive to good scores which will allow a player’s Handicap Index to better represent their demonstrated ability as well as the consistency of their scores.
- What’s different? Your HI will be based on the best eight of your twenty most recent scores. In the past, it was based on the best ten of twenty, with a small fudge factor. The formula still includes the slope and rating of the course you played. Bottom line? Not a substantial change.
2. Your Course Handicap will be different than in the past
In the new system, your Course Handicap will be the number of strokes needed to play to PAR from the tees you’re playing. Setting Par as the benchmark for a Course Handicap adds simplicity to handicapping.
- What’s different? This is a change you will definitely notice. In the past, your course handicap was the number of strokes you needed to play to the course rating. That number for Hobbit’s Glen Gold tees is 66.4. In the WHS, your CH is the number of strokes you need to play to par (72). Last year, a Handicap Index of 20.0 yielded a Course Handicap of 21 from the Golds. This year, that Course Handicap will be 16. This change affects all golfers equally. It will not alter any player’s standing in a competition.
3. Playing Handicap
When competing, you will have what’s referred to as a “Playing Handicap.” This will represent the number of strokes you receive in a competition, and it may factor in other variables such as Different Formats and Handicap Allowance.
- What’s Different? This is a new name for something that has existed but which had no name. In some competitions — for example the best-two-of-four that we use for MISGA competition — each player’s Course Handicap is reduced by 15 percent. For four-ball match play, the reduction is 10 percent. Your Playing Handicap is the name for the result of this sort of modification.
Handicap Note #2 will focus on changes to the manner in which you submit scores and new measures for dealing with handicap manipulation.
I welcome your comments and questions.
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