England Golf is cracking down on players who don't enter their scores within an "acceptable period" by warning that penalty scores will be enforced.
Currently, players can pre-register their general play rounds on the MyEG app or on-site at their local course where they are then required to enter said score immediately, or as soon as possible, after completion of the round.
However, it sounds as if players are not always entering their scores despite pre-registering for a handicap round.
This could be for a number of reasons but one of them may be due to players performing badly and not entering their scores to stop their handicaps to go up.
So, from the 29th November, golfers who do not enter their scores as soon as possible will be reminded by email, and if the email is ignored a penalty score will be designated to the player's record.
The penalty score will be marked as a 'P' and could affect handicaps in both ways, by going up or down.
According to the USGA, "The Handicap Committee can decide the appropriate penalty score based on the intent of the player and can select a high or low penalty score equal to the highest or lowest Score Differential in the player’s scoring record. If discoverable, the Handicap Committee can also post the actual score."
England Golf also reminds golfers to certify any score submissions witnessed as soon as possible.
"It is your responsibility to ensure any scores that are pre-registered are returned as soon as possible to avoid being designated as a penalty score," an England Golf statement read.
"Should you have any issues submitting your score or have a reason why the score cannot be submitted, you should speak to your club.
"As part of this new process, should your score not be submitted you will receive a reminder email (service email) asking you to complete the process.
"If you do not act, an automated penalty score will be applied to your handicap record, which could adjust your handicap index upwards or downwards.
"The application of automatically applied penalty scores can be reviewed by your club, however changes will only be made at the discretion of the handicap committee."
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
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