From Golf Australia Document - Page 24 GA Handicap System 20/7/2017


(ix) GOLF Link Score Status Options – Operational Notes & Handicap Implications


The various GOLF Link score status options and their associated handicap implications are as follows (seeSection 19 for examples of practical application):


(A) “Normal Score”

  •  This is an ‘Actual Score’ which is to be considered when determining a player’s Live Scores.


(B) “No Score – Not Approved”

  • The player’s Differential for that round will be deemed to be the equivalent of the worst Differential of the player’s 19 most recent previous 18-hole Differentials (an 18-hole Differential created from the combination of two 9-hole Differentials will be considered to be an 18-hole Differential for this purpose). Provided the Stipulated Round was intended to be anywhere from 8-18 holes inclusive, an 18-hole “No Score – Not Approved” entry will be inserted into the player’s GOLF Link record as a result of this action. (Note: If the player’s handicap record contains less than 19 entries of actual or artificially generated score values, the player’s Differential for that round
    will be deemed to be the equivalent of the worst Differential of all scores contained in the player’s handicap record.)

  • This is an Actual Score which is to be considered when determining a player’s Live Scores.
    Note i:     A GA Handicap will lose its full status in the event that a player should accrue in their most recent 20 Actual Scores (ie their list of Live Scores) five or more entries with a status of ‘No Score – Not Approved’. Such a GA Handicap will be known as a “Provisional GA Handicap”.

    Note ii:    The GOLF Link Tier 1 website provides a function which enables clubs to produce a report listing the quantity of ‘No Score – Not Approved’ entries each member   has in their most recent 20 Actual Scores (ie their list of Live Scores). (Ring the GOLF Link Customer Service Centre on 1300 650 750 with any queries.)


(C) “No Score – Approved”

  • The entry appears in the player’s handicap record however the player is not considered to have returned a score.
  • This is NOT an Actual Score and is to be discounted when determining a player’s Live Scores.


(D) “Illegitimate Score”

  • The entry appears in the player’s handicap record however the player is not considered to have returned a score.
  • This is NOT an Actual Score and is to be discounted when determining a player’s Live Scores.


(E) “Non-Standard Entry”

  • This Score Status option is used when:

            (a) A player competes in a Stableford or Par competition and does not complete the stipulated round but returns a legitimate score card.

            (b) A player (who has played at least eight holes) has failed to complete all holes in a Stroke competition and where the Handicapping Authority wishes to use the score for  handicapping purposes.

            (c) A player in Stroke, Par, or Stableford completes all holes, is disqualified, and the Handicapping Authority wishes to use the score for handicapping purposes (this             should happen for example when the only breach is a technical one such as failure to sign score card, or failure to record handicap on score card).

  • The club’s GOLF Link administrator will enter into GOLF Link the player’s handicapping score and also where applicable their competition score.
  • Where applicable, the competition score will be included in the list of results for that competition and will be used in the determination of prizes.
  • If for a ‘Non-Standard Entry’ there is a handicapping score entered but no competition score entered, on www.golf.org.au the player’s competition score entry for this round will be displayed as ‘–’.
  • The handicapping score is an Actual Score which is to be considered when determining a player’s Live Scores.
  • Note: Non-GOLF Link clubs will need to ensure their calculation processes replicate those performed by GOLF Link.