The World Handicapping System (WHS) is an initiative that the R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) have been working on together with golf’s major handicapping authorities. Golf Australia (GA) is one of the organisations that has been integrally involved.
The components of the WHS have now been finalised and the R&A and USGA have commenced the process of inviting all national associations in the world to adopt the new global system. At this stage it appears likely that every other major country will adopt the WHS. The R&A and USGA have requested that GA respond to the WHS invitation by mid-January 2018, and the GA Board will make its decision within this timeframe.
The GA Handicapping & Rules Policy Committee has analysed the handicapping changes that would apply in Australia and it is proposing that GA adopt the new system. (The GA Chairman, CEO, and Rules & Handicapping Director are amongst the members of this committee.)
Attached are two documents that set out information on how the WHS would operate in Australia – one is a list of all the components of the WHS, and the second is a Q&A for those who want more information. These documents have been considered by Golf NSW, Golf NT, Golf Queensland, GolfSA, Golf Tasmania, Golf Victoria, GolfWA, and the Board of Golf Management Australia – all of these entities endorse GA’s proposed direction of adopting the WHS.
Before the GA Board makes its final decision on the WHS, it now provides all clubs with a four-week period within which to send feedback. There is no obligation whatsoever on anyone to provide comment. However we are very mindful that clubs are at the coalface of handicapping and any themes of feedback will be closely considered before a final direction is determined.
The feedback period will conclude on Thursday 14 December. Feedback should be directed to the following email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members may be interested in the most recent Newsletter from the R & A.
A key message is that as the Rules will be changed significantly from 1 January 2019 the current Rules Book and Decisions will remain in force until then.
2017 Club Championship Prizes:
Club Champion: Jake Davies $250
Men’s A Grade Gross: 1st Dave McGibbon $120 Men’s A Grade Nett: 1st: Ben Davis $120
2nd: Ross McLoughlin $60 2nd: Simon Dooley $60
3rd: Chris Dunstone $40 3rd: Wayne Bennett $40
Men’s B Grade Gross: 1st: Rick Bowen $120 Men’s B Grade Nett 1st: Mick Dalton $120
2nd: Kevin Flanagan $60 2nd: Tim Hourigan $60
3rd: John Muir $40 3rd: Sam Wicks $40
Men’s C Grade Gross 1st: Gary Callaghan $120 Men’s C Grade Nett 1st: Paul Stevens $120
2nd: Leon Carter $60 2nd : Kevin Koppman $60
3rd: Mark Luu $40 3rd: Eddie De Bear $40
Men’s Senior Gross Bryan Werner $60 Men’s Senior Nett Peter Smith $60
Women’s Club Champion Adele Douglas $120 Runner up Belinda Stirling $60
Women’s Nett Champion Cathy Chan $120 Runner up Louis Smith $60
All prizes are pro shop credit.
Congratulations to all winners especially our Club Champions Jake and Adele.
The NSW Amateur Championships will be played at Gungahlin Lakes and Royal Canberra golf courses commencing Monday 29 January 2018.
Golf NSW is seeking assistance from members of both clubs to act as mobile scorers, spotters and other duties over the course of the event. Lunch will be provided by Golf NSW.
Stroke rounds are played on Monday and Tuesday at both clubs and match play at Royal Canberra from Wednesday to Friday.
NB -There is no Championship competition at Gungahlin Lakes Wednesday to Friday.
This is your opportunity to see the best male and female amateur golfers in Australia and some from overseas compete on our course.
If you would like to volunteer please register your interest by click this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H6MXXTN
Congratulations to the 2017 Mixed Foursomes Champions
Gross winning team: Tony Murcutt and Jacqui Baker
Gross R/U team: Bob Wade and Zadie Williams
Nett winning team: Geoff Ely and Jan Hutka
Nett R/U team: Ken Wark and Heather Wark
Well done to all who participated in this years event and congrats to the winner
Do you own a business?
Would you like to advertise your business to club members and visitors who play over 20,000 rounds of golf a year and over 8000 people per week who visit the social club?
The club is refreshing all the course tee signage and there are opportunities to put your business on any one of these with prices starting from as little of $1000.
A variety of packages are available to suit all types of businesses. Your business will receive exposure on exclusive tee signage, venue signage, complimentary and discounted annual memberships, pro-shop and venue credits plus more.
If you are interested in a hole (or a number of holes) please contact Holly-Jane Watkins, Group Communications & Marketing Executive on 02 6242 6283 or
via email at – email@example.com.
Entry forms are now out for the Mixed Foursomes Championships. Sunday the 10th of Sept and 17th of Sept.
Entry is $50 per team, entries close the 6th of Sept. Please get your entries in ASAP to ensure this event goes ahead.
- Splash December 2017 Edition (08-12-2017)
- World Handicapping System – An Update from Golf Australia (16-11-2017)
- R&A Newsletter – Change is coming in 2019 (07-11-2017)
- 2017 Club Championship Results (16-10-2017)
- Volunteers for NSW Amateur Championships – 29 and 30 January 2018 (09-10-2017)
- Birdie Talk October 2017 (06-10-2017)
- Mixed Foursomes Champions (18-09-2017)
- Splash September 2017 (01-09-2017)
- 2017 Mixed Foursomes Championships (23-08-2017)
- 2017 Foursomes Championships (02-08-2017)
Splash December 2017 Edition
World Handicapping System – An Update from Golf Australia
R&A Newsletter – Change is coming in 2019
Get in TouchGungahlin Lakes Golf Club Cnr Gundaroo and Gungahlin Drives, Nicholls Phone: + 61 2 6180 0821 (Golf Office) or 6242 6283 (Main Reception) Pro Shop: + 61 2 6180 0840 or 6242 4662 Fax: + 61 2 6242 9437 (Golf Office) or 6242 5158 (Club Administration) Emails for golfing matters only: firstname.lastname@example.org