We are often asked, “But what do you do when they don’t have a handicap?” This is a very common problem for all tournament committees and hosts. Our goal is to help users better understand and use their preferred handicap service, as well as eliminate unfair play caused by manipulated handicaps.
The USGA the largest handicap provider in the United States has developed a method in which to assign an unhandicaped golfer a handicap. This estimator is called “Second Best Score System”. As stated by the USGA,
“Second Best Handicap is not a substitute for the USGA Handicap System, but it can produce acceptable results and is a reasonable system for handicapping the otherwise “unhandicapped.”
Here is what the USGA recommends for the “Second Best Handicap” calculation: “To create a player’s Second Best Handicap, the Tournament Committee simply asks each unhandicapped player to submit that player’s three best scores made on a course with par of 68 or more in the last 12 months. Combine these scores with any previous scores that the player has made in your tournament in the past two years.
The player’s Second Best Handicap is the second best score the player has given you minus 70 for men or 73 for women.
For example, if a male player submits scores of 92, 96 and 98 and he had scored 90 in your tournament last year, his Second Best Handicap would be 92 (second best score) minus 70 (for men).”
For more information on how to apply this or use this method please visit the USGA website by clicking here.
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