Memo to RCGA: hide our handicaps

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  1. Hello Mr. McQueen, first let me applaud your company’s efforts in assisting good, young Canadian golfers…with your help I’m sure Danny King, Richard Scott et al will reach their full potential.

    I hope I can shed some light on your missive regarding the access to RCGA member scoring records online. I can certainly empathize with your concern (I played over 70 times this year and sometimes wonder whether my boss thinks I play too much!). However, the ability to access scoring records is a concept that is essential to handicapping.

    As per Section 2 of the RCGA Handicap Manual, “Peer Review”…is the process of providing access to scoring records and a Handicap Factor list for inspection by others, inclusing, but not limited to, fellow members and the club’s Handicap Committee.

    Decision 6-3/1 goes on to consider the issue of a player’s privacy. “A player who decides to obtain a Handicap Factor gives up privacy regarding scoring records. Because an essential part of the RCGA Handicap System is peer review, scoring records are to be made available for inspection by others, including, but not limited to, fellow members and the club’s Handicap Committee.”

    Making scoring records ‘available’ does not necessarily mean putting them online. The GAO does allow a club to not partake in publishing their member’s scoring records online…to the best of my knowledge only a few clubs have gone that route, and in fact a few of those clubs have elected to change their mind and now make their member’s scoring records available online. For most, it’s a matter of convenience and co-operation with other clubs who appreciate the ability to easily check the scoring record of a golfer coming to play in their Member/Guest, for example.

    Thanks for your time, and feel free to contact me if you have any follow-up questions or concerns.

    Matthew MacKay
    1-800-263-0009 x209

  2. Mark McQueen says:

    Delighted to hear from you.

    I found every one of the handicaps I referred to by looking at the GAO website. I didn’t use a password to get the information, and appeared to the server as a “guest”.

    I agree that peer review makes sense, which is why each GAO member is given a membership card each year. If a GAO member wants to know what a CEO’s handicap is, they should log in to the server as a member.

    Why the non golf-playing public needs to know is lost on me. And I am hopeful that this will be addressed shortly by the RCGA and the provincial associations.

    If you can help, all of your stakeholders would appreciate it.


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