Senior Golf Tour
& Answers about the RVSGT
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- Q: Why is my TOUR handicap different
my USGA handicap?
A: The Tour handicap is computed using the lowest
50% of your score differentials, just like the USGA. The primary
difference is that we use the best 5 of your last 10 RVSGT Tournament
rounds only, whereas the USGA uses the best 10 of your last 20 posted
rounds. Please click on the Handicap
Info link on the left for more complete information.
- Q: Why does my handicap go up and
down, and sometimes doesn't seem to relate to my last score?
A: The event handicap you see at the tournament is a result of two
factors. First, your handicap index is computed based on your better
Tour rounds. It reflects your scores, taking the difficulty of the
courses played into consideration. The event handicap is then computed
by factoring in the slope rating of the upcoming course being played.
113 is the average slope. For a course with a 120 slope, your event
handicap will be higher than your index. For a slope lower than 113,
the event handicap will be lower than your index. Thus, your handicap
index might go up, but your event handicap could be lower due to the
lower slope rating of the upcoming course. Or, vice versa!
- Q: May distance measuring devices be
used during RVSGT tournaments?
A: Yes. A Tour local rule also allows devices
providing information on elevation
change, wind, club selection, etc. Also, sharing distance information
with another competitor is OK, as it is not considered giving
- Q: How are the pairings done? I often
seem to play with the same group?
A: We try to use a slightly different pairing method
for each tournament, so you will most likely be playing with a
different group every month. However, it is random, so you might still
be paired with someone more than once during the season. Group pairings
are generally spread across
all divisions to speed up play.
- Q: What are the small numbers
often added just right of the net scores on the scoreboard? And, what
about the small black numbers inside the net score box?
A: The small numbers added just right of the net score are the
tiebreakers. Ties are broken by using the net score from #10-18, then
#13-18, then #16-18, then #18 as necessary until the tie is broken. The
small black numbers appearing within some of the net scores boxes are
"limit scores." These apply for the first four rounds to new members
not having established USGA handicaps. It is the lowest net score the
new member can post at that tournament.