utilizes the USGA handicap system slightly modified to accommodate
the limited number of Tour rounds we play during each season. The Tour calculates
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
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 his handicap index. Based on the number of Tour rounds played by the individual, an average is taken of the lowest differentials, the number set out in the table below left. The Handicap Index is calculated by multiplying the averaged handicap differentials by 96%, same as used by USGA. The maximum allowable index for the Tour is 36.4.
Handicap Index = Avg of Lowest Differentials (based on table) × 96%
A player’s Handicap Index is adjusted for the next Tour event to reflect the upcoming course’s slope for the tees being played. This new figure becomes the player’s Course or Event Handicap and will be marked on the player’s scorecard as the amount to be deducted or added to determine the NET score.
Event Handicap = Handicap Index × Course Slope Rating ÷ 113
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 up to the point where
has completed 4 tour rounds.