utilizes the USGA/WHS
Handicap System slightly
modified to accommodate
the limited number of Tour rounds we play during each season. The Tour calculates
Differential for each
round you play using a USGA formula incorporating the players score,
the course rating, the standard slope
(113) and the course slope. Each course has a course rating and slope
for each set of tees reflecting the diffculty of the course from those
tees. These course and slope ratings may be found on the VSGA website,
or the Event Handicap page of this website. After each Tour
round the resulting handicap differentials are calculated for each
Handicap Differential = Score − Course Rating × 113 ÷ Course Slope
Scores and differentials are retained in our system for the last 18 tournaments. The last 10 rounds for each individual are used as the basis to calculate the Handicap Index. Based on the number of Tour rounds played by the individual, as set out in the table at the bottom of this page, an average is taken of the lowest differentials. This becomes the individual's Handicap Index. The maximum allowable index for the Tour is 36.4.
Handicap Index = Average of Lowest Differentials (# rounds based on the table below)
A player’s Handicap Index is adjusted for the next Tour event to reflect the upcoming course’s slope rating, tee rating, and par for the tees being played. This new figure becomes the player’s Course or Event Handicap for that tournament, and will be marked on the player’s scorecard as the amount to be deducted or added to determine the NET score. This Event Handicap represents the number of strokes you are expected to shoot over Par if you shoot to your handicap. Normally, you would be expected to do this once every 4 to 5 rounds.
Event Handicap = (Handicap Index × Course Slope Rating ÷ 113) + (Course Rating - Par)
Example: A player with a 15.0 index playing a Par 72 course with 67.0/113 rating = 10 Event Handicap. Under the old system, the Event Handicap would have been a 15. The 5 difference is Par 72 minus the 67 Rating. Note (effective 6/8/21): If the Event Handicap for a course results in negative handicaps, which are added to your gross score, the entire field will be adjusted so that the lowest handicap is 0 to minimize scoring confusion.
If the committee feels a new player's Tour peformance is not consistent with the handicap information sumbitted on the player's application, the committee reserves the right to adjust the initial handicap index accordingly. Once the player completes 4 tour rounds this adjustment will have no effect.