Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How are Handicaps calculated?
    2. How do our League Handicaps compare to USGA Handicaps?
    3. Why did my Handicap go down when I shot a bad round?!?
    4. Can I get a USGA Handicap from my League scores?
    5. How are the Matches scored?
    6. Why doesn't our Match score add up to 60?
    7. How are Blind scores generated?
    8. I had a sub -- why was a blind score used for me?
    9. Why didn't my Blind score get 10 points against another Blind score?
    10. Why did I get penalized in my Blind score?
    11. What is the 'membership fee' at the beginning of the season for?
    12. What is the Maximum score permitted on any given hole?
    13. Why doesn't my browser show the new results?
    14. Can I get my tee time changed to a later time?
    15. What is the plan if thundershowers show up while we're on the 5th tee?
    16. How do I get a friend on the Sublist and establish a BGL handicap for them?
    17. What is this "Versus Par" stat?

How are Handicaps calculated?

In the League, we calculate handicaps based on the most recent 7 (9 hole) rounds turned in. The 7 scores are first adjusted by throwing out all strokes over a triple bogey -- that is, if you got an 9 on a par 5, we count it as a 8 for the purposes of handicap calculation. Then the best and worst rounds are dropped from the calculation and the adjusted scores (compared to par) are averaged and rounded to the nearest whole number. So, for example, if a player had scores of 4, 10, 12, 11, 17, 15, and 9 over par for his most recent 7 rounds, the best round (4) and worst (17) would be dropped and the average of the remaining 5 rounds would be 11.4 and (listed as 'Actual' on the handicap page) -- with a final handicap of 11 after rounding it down.

To see how *your* handicap has been calculated, go to the Latest_Handicaps page and click on your handicap -- it will take you to a page detailing how it was calculated.

How do our League Handicaps compare to USGA Handicaps?
There are a couple of big differences between our handicaps and official USGA handicaps. First, our handicaps are a reflection of how a player has been playing lately -- most commonly over the last month and a half -- USGA handicaps span your last 20 18 hole rounds which would be about 3 years of league play. A bigger difference is our handicaps predict how you are likely to shoot in your next round whereas the USGA handicap predict the *best* you are likely to shoot in your next round. Another big difference is the USGA uses the 'Slope' of the course where you played to weight your score and it also assumes you are playing by USGA rules when you turn in a score.
Why did my Handicap go down when I shot a bad round?!?
This question perplexes at least one or two people every season -- the answer is: league handicaps are based on the most recent 5 scores so every time you turn in a new score, an old one - from (approximately) 6 weeks previous - 'drops out' of the calculation. If the score that is dropping out is worse than the new score, your handicap can go DOWN! Of course, the inverse is also true but -- strangely enough -- no one has ever asked me why their handicap went UP after shooting a good round!
Can I get a USGA Handicap from my League scores?
No, we can't give USGA handicaps from our league scores because we don't follow USGA rules during League play -- specifically, we break the rules in one important area: we don't enforce the stroke-and-distance penalty for Out of Bounds and Lost Balls in an attempt to speed up play. Technically, scores from League play should not be turned in for USGA handicaps.
How are the Matches scored?
Please refer to the section of Match Scoring in the League Rules.
What is the 'membership fee' at the beginning of the season for?
The membership fee puts some initial $$ in the league kitty as well as the season-ending party. It is needed by the league to 'jump-start' the league coffers before the season starts so there will be money to pay Juniper a deposit and to pay for the first week of play (because there are always people who haven't paid yet).
 
What is the Maximum score permitted on any given hole?
The League rules limit the score to Par + 4 for any given hole -- therefor, you should pick up your ball after 7 strokes on a par 3, 8 strokes on a par 4, and 9 strokes on a par 5. PLEASE don't hit the 10th shot!
 
Why doesn't my browser show the new results?
If you've viewed the page in question any time in the last few days (how long depends on your browser settings), you might have to hit the 'Refresh' button (or 'Reload') to get the browser to load the updated page.
 
Can I get my tee time changed to a later time?
If you need to change your tee time for any given week, you can approach your scheduled opponents to get their ok and then you can approach the foursome that has the tee time you would like to have and ask them to switch with you. The League scheduler can not change times for you after the season schedule has been published but the League does not care if you switch teetimes with another match (assuming it is alright with them ;-).
 
What is the plan if thundershowers show up while we're on the 5th tee?
Electrical storms are the only reason (short of a hurricane or flooding) that is likely to cause the management of Juniper Hills to shut down the course. As I think you know, we don't have any say in whether we play or not -- it is completely up to the owners/managers of the course. In theory, this is the way it works: the folks who run things at Juniper watch the radar and the sky and, if they determine the proximity of electrical disturbances is endangering their customers, they blow a horn that (in theory) can be heard even out on the 5th hole (I'm not convinced it can be heard on Lakeside's 7th tee...;-). If you hear the horn blown during play, you must return to the clubhouse to wait for the lightning to leave the area. When or whether the course reopens is again, up to the management at Juniper. If they allow play to resume, you are expected to walk back out to where you left off and resume play. If they do not allow play to resume, they will make individual determinations of who deserves a refund and who doesn't (in the past this has depended on what hole you were playing when the course was closed -- generally, they have given the league a partial refund for anyone who hadn't reached the 8th tee).
Please let me make one thing perfectly clear -- if the horn blows, the course is CLOSED and you must leave the course, even if you don't think it is dangerous.

One more useful tip: if the horn does blow, mark the position of your ball with a tee and take your ball with you -- in case play does not resume.
 
How do I get a friend on the Sublist and establish a BGL handicap for them?

Four things are required to add someone to the Sublist:

  1. Their full name
  2. Email address where they can be reached in the daytime
  3. Daytime phone number
  4. Scorecard with their hole-by-hole scores for 18 holes (or 2 nine hole rounds)

Get these 4 things in to me by end of the day on Wednesday and I will typically have added them to the handicap by the next day's competition.

 
What is this "Versus Par" stat?
It is the comparison of your net score to par -- so it includes your handicap. On the season leaders page it is cumulative for the season.