Message from the Handicap Committee

  • 07/03/2016


“Handicaps are a unique feature of the game of golf, allowing golfers with differing abilities to compete equitably against each other.” - Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA)

Quaker Hill Country Club is a member of the MGA; golfers who join an MGA Member Club are automatically members of the MGA and can obtain a Handicap Index. For a golfer to establish a Handicap Index a player must join a licensed golf club and post adjusted gross scores. Scores are subject to peer review. After a minimum of five (5) scores have been posted, a golfer is eligible to be issued a Handicap Index in accordance with the USGA Handicap System.

For this week’s handicap topic, the QHCC Handicap Committee will discuss Equitable Stroke Control (ECS) and how to adjust your score before posting in the club’s handicap computer. The USGA Equitable Stroke Control Information Card is located near the computer outside the locker room, for your convenience.

All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC). This sets the maximum number of strokes that a player can post on a hole and is based on that player’s Course Handicap. In essence, what ESC does is keep an exceptionally bad hole score(s) from changing a Handicap Index too much.

For handicap purposes, after a round, a player is required to adjust hole scores (actual or most likely) when they are higher than the player’s maximum ESC number. Take a look at the Equitable Stroke Control table below, use your course handicap to find your Maximum ESC number on any hole.

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Handicaps are the single most important variable, allowing golfers of different degrees of ability to compete on the same playing field. It is the true equalizer in the game of golf and with golfers alike.

QHCC Handicap Committee will periodically review posted regular play scorecards, as well as tournament scorecards, and verify ESC is maintained in all posting of scores. Players should sign and date all eligible scorecards, place in the box located near the computer after your score has been adjusted and posted.

Reminder, a players Handicap Index revises on the 1st and 15th of each month. The MGA will send your handicap revision to the email address you have designated. If you need assistance in getting a Handicap Index or email notifications, please contact Tony Vos, he’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Please feel free to contact the Handicap Committee if you have any questions.

Handicap Chairperson: Ed Okupski
Committee Members: Mary Donnelly, Cindy Rosa & Michael Donnelly