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The SOCIETY edition assumes that Handicapping will broadly follow the arrangements used by Clubs in the UK and Ireland. That is, after each competition, an adjustment is made to handicaps by comparing a player's score with a baseline score for that competition. This baseline is called the Competition Scratch Score. Players who better this baseline will have their handicaps reduced, whilst those who score higher will have their handicaps increased.
HandicapMaster allows the amount by which the handicaps will be adjusted to be configured by the User. Also, there are four choices for how the baseline (the Competition Scratch Score) will be determined.
The Configure Handicapping Rules Wizard
HandicapMaster employs a Wizard to help configure the handicapping rules. This Wizard steps through the process a section at a time, making the process straightforward.
The maximum handicap allowed for the Society may be configured. This may be a different number for Ladies and for Men.
Up to five 'categories' of handicaps can be configured, allowing different adjustments depending upon the handicaps (e.g. higher handicaps can be dealt with more severely than lower handicaps).
For each category the amount a handicap will be increased is configurable. Also, an amount is selectable that a handicap is reduced when a player betters the Competition Scratch Score (baseline). This amount is subtracted for each stroke the player's score is better than the Competition Scratch Score.
Each category may be allocated a Buffer Zone whereby a score close to, but not better than, the baseline is saved an increase in Handicap. Their Handicap remains unchanged.
Competition Scratch Score
Four alternative ways to calculate the baseline value are supported by HandicapMaster. These are to set the Competition Scratch Score equal to
- The Standard Scratch Score of the Golf Course played,
- The Par of the Golf Course played,
- The average Nett Score returned by players in the competition, or
- The average of the top third of Nett Scores returned in the competition.
By default, handicap settings 'out of the box' are set broadly similar to those used in the UK and Ireland for Club handicapping.