One of the reasons golf is such a popular game is that a system of handicapping means players of all abilities can play against each other.
A handicap is a certain number of strokes, which a player is allowed to remove from his total score for a round. `
Think of a handicap like a headstart given by more skilful players to weaker players.
The better the player, the lower their handicap.
It means that good players with a low handicap can play those with a higher handicap and the game can still remain competitive.
A player with a 10 handicap, for example, will subtract 10 shots from his or her score at the end of the round.
The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) provides a player with a golf handicap that reflects their playing ability relative to that of all other players.
Peel Golf Club use the CONGU recommended handicapping system as outlined in the CONGU Junior Organisers Handbook. Broadly this means that the Club adjust handicaps until the juniors reach 28 (boys) or 36 (girls), when they go on to the official system operated through the Club Secretary.
For handicaps from 29 to 54, the Junior Committee adjust according to the junior club handicap system, which is that returns of 1- 6 below par result in reductions of 0.5 of a stroke for each stroke below par. For every stroke under par, below 6, the reduction increases to 1 stroke e.g. a junior with a Club Handicap of 42 returning a nett score of 8 under par will have a new handicap of 37 calculated as follows:
42 – (6 x 0.5) – (2 x 1) = 37
Once reduced, junior handicaps are not increased.