Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour

Handicap Information

The RVSGT utilizes the USGA/WHS Handicap System slightly modified to accommodate the limited number of Tour rounds we play during each season. The Tour calculates a Handicap Differential  for each TOUR 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 individual player.

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.  


New Tour members will play their first event with a “0” handicap unless the player submits either: scores from his latest 5 rounds; or a verifiable VSGA/USGA Handicap Index. Your initial handicap, as determined by either method, will be treated as one round for handicap purposes through the 4th tournament round you play. Your Event Handicap for the 5th tournament will be based soley on tour RVSGT Tournament play. 

A stroke control provision will apply to the first four tournaments for new members who do not provide a verifiable VSGA/USGA handicap. This provision limits your net score performance relative to Par for tees played in each event
. The player is still eligible to win with his limited net score. After 4 tournament rounds on the Tour this special provision no longer applies.

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.

RVSGT Rounds # Rounds to be used for Handicap

RVSGT Round #

Stroke Control Net Score Limit

1-3 Lowest 1 Differential 1 Course Par
4-5 Lowest 2 Differentials 2  Course Par 
6-7 Lowest 3 Differentials 3 Course Par - 1
8-9 Lowest 4 Differentials 4 Course Par - 1
10+ Lowest 4 Differentials 5+ No Stroke Control