Golf Handicaps for Golf League Secretary from Golfsoft® ...

Each week GLS automatically calculates league handicaps based on the rules you establish ...
"Golf League Handicaps"


Setting and Editing Handicap Parameters

Golf League Secretary has the flexible golf handicap options you need to run your golf league.  GLS has been evolving for many years and has the range of golf handicap parameters you want ...  The following screen is available when setting or editing golf league handicap rules.

GLS Handicap Parameters screen for setting or editing handicap rules


Handicap Calculation
After the weekly scores are entered, and the Weekly Report is Saved, you can Click on the "GLS Handicaps" button from the toolbar to calculate and post new handicaps.  Most of the golf league handicap parameters are set during League Setup, however, the Handicap Formula is set or changed before Handicap Calculation.  This is done in case your league uses a different formula during the first week or two. When you set or change the Handicap Formula it is changed in the Leagues Table and appears as the Current Handicap Formula the next time Handicaps are calculated.

Golf League Handicaps can be determined using the following formulas:
1 (Average Adjusted Strokes Over Par for the Rounds Used) times Handicap Percent.  Formula # 1 is the most widely used.
2 Average Adjusted Strokes Over Par for the Rounds Used.
3 (Adjusted Average Score minus Course RATING) times Handicap Percent.
4 Adjusted Average Score minus Course RATING.
5 ((((Adjusted Average Score minus Course RATING) times STANDARD SLOPE (113)) divided by Course Slope) times Handicap Percent) (similar to "USGA"® format).

The Percent of Handicap Used can also be changed "on the fly."  If your league wants to establish a handicap based on one round, for example, you may want to set the percent to as low as 70% or 80% for the first round and return it to 96 or 100% for subsequent rounds.  It's very flexible!

Your League will have to decide how, if at all, to Adjust Scores.  This decision is usually based on the overall "seriousness" of the league players.  Some leagues do not adjust scores, thus the Actual Score and Adjusted Score are the same.  Other leagues want to adhere to the strictest interpretation of the USGA Handicap System, which, by the way is nearly 100 pages in length, and doesn't mention golf leagues.  Read more about how GLS calculates golf handicaps.

Handicap Report screen for calculating and updating league handicaps

Golf League Handicaps - Setting Manually
You can manually set league handicaps by clicking on the Update Menu… Handicaps… Manually Set Handicaps. You will easily be able to set one players' handicap or all the players handicaps.  If handicaps are set manually they will appear on the scorecards and when the weekly results are entered.  The following screen allows for easy setting or editing handicaps.

Set Handicaps Manually screen for setting or editing player handicaps


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Updated 01/17/22

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