WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM
TO DEBUT IN 2020
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, GAP will highlight features of the upcoming World Handicap System, which will be officially implemented on Jan. 1, 2020.
The World Handicap System is an effort by six
governing bodies from around the globe (Golf
Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions
(CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African
Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA) to bring all golfers together under one handicap system. The
system is designed to give all golfers a consistent measure of playing ability. More information will be posted on www.gapgolf.org; on GAP
social media channels and in the GAP Magazine
throughout the year on what to expect in the
Daily Handicap Revisions
One of the main tenets of the new World
Handicap System is daily handicap updates.
Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, handicaps will be revised on a daily basis instead of on the 1st and
15th of each month. This is something that
was done by other governing bodies around
the world and will now be utilized everywhere.
Scores must be posted by midnight to be included in the golfer’s handicap update issued
for the following day.
Scores Needed to Establish
a Handicap Index
Currently, the USGA requires a minimum of
90 holes ( 5 18-hole rounds or a combination
of 9- and 18-hole rounds to get to 90 holes)
to issue an initial Handicap Index. Under the
World Handicap System, the minimum number
of scores required to receive a Handicap Index
is 54 holes.
Maximum Handicap Index
The current USGA Handicap System sets a
maximum Handicap Index at 36. 4 for men
and 40. 4 for women. The World Handicap
System will institute a maximum of 54.0 for
both genders. This is to ensure WHS is as inclusive as possible and to encourage participation. To ensure equity for specific formats
of play, further safeguard against abuse or to
support pace of play, clubs have the discretion to implement a lower maximum limit for
certain competitions through their terms of
The University of Illinois won its fifth straight Big Ten Championship in men’s golf after shooting a three-round score of 868 in the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon), April 26-28. It was the Fighting Illini’s 17th overall Big Ten title and 10th in the last 11 years. The champions bettered the 14-team
field by five strokes, followed by second-place Purdue University (873) and Michigan State University in third place (883). Penn State University finished 10th with an 898 total. Next up, Cricket
hosts the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, May 23-27.
Cricket hosts Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships
Smith, former GAP Vice President, Executive Committee member
W. Scott Smith, Jr., who served on the GAP Executive Committee from 1999-2006, the final year as Vice President, died
on April 19. He was 94. A longtime Merion Golf Club member, he served as the club’s president from 1988-93.
Smith grew up in Wynnewood, Pa. and lived his entire adult
life in Newtown Square, Pa.
He attended The Haverford School, where he lettered in
football, basketball and baseball and was an alumnus of
Syracuse University, where he earned three varsity letters
for lacrosse. In between graduations, Smith served in the
United States Marine Corps from 1942-45 and fought in
the Pacific during World War II, earning a Purple Heart at
the Battle of Peleliu.
Smith’s business career spanned 43 years with Stull Enterprises, Inc., including 31 years as its president and CEO. During this period, he helped found
the Outdoor Power Equipment Distributors Association (OPEDA), now known as OPEESA, and
served as its president. He followed this by becoming Chairman of the National Association of
Wholesale Distributors during the Reagan Administration and after his retirement in 1993 served
as Stull Enterprises’ Chairman of the Board for 20 years.
In addition to golf, Smith’s other passion was fishing. He spent the summers in Cape May, N.J.,
on his boat, Aquila. Smith pioneered offshore canyon fishing for marlin and was instrumental in
the formation of the Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club.
In lieu of flowers, donate in Smith’s memory to The Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Avenue,
Haverford, PA 19041 or St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Rd, Newtown Square, PA