33-5. Score Card
In stroke play, the Committee must provide each competitor with a score card containing the date and the competitor’s name or, in foursome or four-ball stroke play, the competitors’ names.
Dec.1(m) Competition Conditions That Apply Solely to the UHS
Q. The administration of handicapping has become increasingly the domain of the computer resulting in Handicap Committees requiring competitors to provide assistance in various ways beyond that required by the Rules of Golf.These include:
• Total the score and apply the correct handicap.
• Enter and total Stableford points on their card.
• On completion of the round enter scores hole by hole into a computer terminal.
• Enter on the scorecard their computer reference number.
• Indicate on the card scores to be adjusted by the application of Nett Double Bogey or the Stableford formula.
Can the Committee in chargeof the competition,or Handicap Committee, impose a penalty under the Rules
of Golf when a player fails to comply with a request of the nature listed above?
A. R&A Rules Limited has confirmed that “provided a player fulfils the requirements of Rule 6-6 a
penalty cannot be imposed under the Rules of Golf for failure to comply with these conditions.
However, imposing a penalty of a disciplinary nature, such as suspension of handicap is not considered to be contrary to the Rules of Golf.” An alternative penalty would be to suspend the player’s right to compete in Club competitions for a specified period. (See R&A Decisions on the Rules of Golf, Decision 6-6b/8).
6-6b/8 Requirement That Score Be Entered into Computer
Q.May a Committee, as a condition of competition, provide that a competitor must enter his score into a computer?
A.No. Such a condition would modify Rule 6-6b.
However, while it is not permissible to penalize a player under the Rules of Golf for failing to enter his score into a computer, a Committee may, in order to assist in the administration of the competition, introduce a "club regulation" to this effect and provide disciplinary sanctions (e.g., ineligibility to play in the next club competition(s)) for failure to act in accordance with the regulation.
Edited: 19/10/2012 at 12:31