Date: June 07, 2007

Australian handicapping & course rating forum in the spotlight

Golf Australia will hold a forum at Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne on 9-10 August as an integral component of the pathway towards devising a single Australian Handicapping & Course Rating System. The two-day conference will seek to produce preferred handicapping and course rating system options for moving forward. These recommendations will then be put to Golf Australia s Member State Associations. Golf Australia will invite one representative from each men&aposs and women&aposs state association, plus a representative from each state Golf Club Managers&apos association, and representatives of other industry stakeholders. A forum of this scope on this particular subject has never previously been conducted in Australia and it is hoped it can build towards the achievement of a uniform system which exhibits accessibility, opportunity, flexibility, and equality to all clubs and to golfers of all levels. Simon Magdulski, Manager of Rules and Handicapping at Golf Australia said, “The nature of handicapping and course rating makes this a challenging topic so the forum will be a perfect opportunity for all stakeholders to express their views and to build even further towards a single Golf Australia system. We ve been very encouraged by the willingness of the industry to engage on this issue. It’s been yet another opportunity to foster the working relationship between the national and state bodies with a constant two-way flow of ideas.”