Golf Canada Rejects USGA Handicap Rule on Rounds Played Alone

November 25, 2015

The USGA’s recent decision to no longer count scores shot while playing alone towards an official handicap has met with intense criticism from golfers everywhere, but golfers in Canada are taking action.

The organization governing golf played in Canada announced Tuesday that it had voted against adopting the USGA’s rule change. Their decision represents a substantial challenge to the USGA’s authority and could lead to further divides in how golf is played around the world.

Golf Canada tweeted the results of their vote on Tuesday:

The new rule require golfers to play with at least one other person if they intend to count the score for handicap purposes, and according to the USGA, “this change underscores the importance of providing full and accurate information regarding a player’s potential scoring ability, and the ability of other players to form a reasonable basis for supporting or disputing a posted score.”

The USGA announced a clarification to this rule change Tuesday, which states that a player does not need to play alongside another golfer, but that he or she simply needs a witness. That witness must be present for seven holes of a nine-hole score, or 13 holes of an 18-hole score.