The USGA, the governing body of golf in the United States, will be making some changes in the handicapping rules for the coming year, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The new rules will “support the integrity and reliability” that golfers around the world expect from the system, according to Steven Edmondson, the USGA’s managing director of handicapping and course rating.
There are six changes that will affect golfers and they will be covered in the 2016 edition of the rules handbook. Here is a brief account of those changes.
1. The definition of a tournament score: This will place greater emphasis on “significant events.” Excluded are fund-raising events and regular league play, but will count such events as member/guest or club championships, local amateur tournaments or national qualifying and competition.
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