Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour

Handicap Information

The RVSGT utilizes the USGA 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 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


New players joining the Tour will establish a handicap with their first Tour event score. New players 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. The 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 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 the course rating of 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 up to the point where the player has completed 4 tour rounds.

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RVSGT Rounds # Rounds to be used for Handicap

RVSGT Round #

Stroke Control Net Score Limit

1-3 lowest 1 1 Course Rating
4-5 lowest 2 2 Course Rating - 1
6-7 lowest 3 3 Course Rating - 2
8-9 lowest 4 4 Course Rating - 3
10+ lowest 5 5 No Stroke Control