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KGU to change handicap system in line with global body

Kenya Unified Handicap and Course Rating Committee (KUHC) will  spearhead the implementation of the World Handicap System (WHS) in Kenya from January 2019, in line with the joint announcement by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and R&A.

The implementation of the WHS will also be used in leveraging ICT in the development of golf in Kenya. The main focus is sharing of relevant golf information for the benefit of members.

Kenya Unified Handicap and course rating committee which has been mandated by the Kenya Golf Union and the Kenya Ladies Golf Union is in the process of seeking a partnership approach in the development of a WEB portal and handicap software and database to run all handicaps of golfers in Kenya.

Equal basis

“Changing from CONGU to the new system may take some time and will therefore be fully operational in January 2020,” said Vincent Wang’ombe, chairman, Kenya Unified Handicap and Course rating Committee.

The WHS aims to bring six different handicap systems together into a single set of Rules for Handicapping, enabling golfers of different abilities to play and compete on a fair and equal basis, no matter how or where they play.

While the six existing handicap systems have generally worked very well locally, on a global basis, their different characteristics have sometimes resulted in inconsistency, with players of the same ability ending up with slightly different handicaps.

This has sometimes resulted in unnecessary difficulties and challenges for golfers competing in handicap events or for tournament administrators. A single WHS will pave the way to consistency and portability.

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