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Incomplete Rounds

Golf League Tracker requires that you enter all hole scores for each player (or mark the player as absent) to complete a scorecard. If a player has an incomplete round because of a rainout or some other circumstance, it is suggested you follow the USGA process when a round is incomplete

  1. Scores for unplayed holes must be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the unplayed holes using their full handicap.
  2. Handicap strokes are determined based on the player's full handicap, and not what the player might be receiving in a match play contest or other format of play.

For details, See the USGA Handicapping Manual, Rule 3.2

League Rules

How your league handles incomplete rounds is up to you, and it is suggested that you have hard and fast rules that are written down so there is no controversy going forward. My league follows the USGA rules for incomplete rounds, but we also have a rule which states that at least 6 holes must be played by ALL PLAYERS (out of the 9) for the week to count, otherwise all scores are discarded.

While most incomplete rounds are due to weather, some are for other reasons. For weather, there has to be a dangerous situation or the course is unplayable for players to quit without getting penalized. If someone quits just because it's "too rainy" or "too cold", they lose the remainder of the holes.

We also differentiate for illness or injury. The player will not be penalized in those circumstances, and their holes will be completed per the USGA process outlined in this document.

Entering Scores

Example 1:

  • 9-hole league
  • Player is a 6 handicap for 9 holes, which means he would get a shot on the 6 hardest holes
  • Holes 8 and 9 are unfinished
  • 8th hole is the 9th hardest, he would not get a shot, and you would enter par (3 + 0 shots = 3)
  • 9th hole is the 4th hardest, he would get a shot, and you would enter bogey (4 + 1 shot = 5)
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4
Hdcp 9 13 5 15 1 11 3 17 7
Score 5 5 4 3 5 3 5 3 5

Example 2:

  • 9-hole league
  • Player is a 12 handicap for 9 holes, which means he would get two shots on the 3 hardest holes, and 1 shot on the next 6
  • Holes 7, 8 and 9 are unfinished
  • 7th hole is the 2nd hardest, he would get 2 shots, and you would enter double bogey (par 4 + 2 = 6)
  • 8th hole is the 9th hardest, he would 1 shot, and you would enter bogey (3 + 1 shot = 4)
  • 9th hole is the 4th hardest, he would get a shot, and you would bogey (4 + 1 shot = 5)
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4
Hdcp 9 13 5 15 1 11 3 17 7
Score 5 5 4 3 5 3 6 4 5

Points

Using this method is great for getting a total score for handicapping, however if you play any form of match play, it doesn't necessarily result in those unplayed holes being halved, so with my league rules, we override the points and insure that any unplayed holes are tied and make adjustments where necessary.