In Summary
  • CONGU has become the very lenient grandmother who will allow any one who can swing a golf club. How many strokes they make in an 18-hole round of golf may not be significant.
  • One can now get a legitimate 54 handicap complete with a “c” for “competition” right next to it.
  • I believe that this move is meant to encourage budding golfers to take to the golf course.

I visited my parents during the Christmas holidays and as is the usual case, my children were very excited running around and playing all over the place.

At some point, despite warnings from his father, my son decided to climb one of my mother’s pawpaw trees that was not strong enough to bear his weight.

The pawpaw tree broke and my son somehow managed to land on his feet almost like he was executing a practiced gymnastic descent from a pommel horse. He took one look at me and quickly ran to my mother’s arms.

He knew that Cûcû’s (grandmother’s) arms would protect him from his dad. He also knew that her memory was such that she only remembered all the good he had done and quickly forgot all the wrongs.

I couldn’t help but wonder what those same arms would have done to me when I was my son’s age. My mother was a disciplinarian and her motto was; I will spare the rod for what you’ve done today - this is just in case you decide to do it again.

Watching my mother and my son at the site of the decapitated pawpaw tree, I just smiled and thought how the years have made her so forgiving.

This somehow made me think about the changes that will be taking effect on the handicapping system this year.

CONGU has become the very lenient grandmother who will allow any one who can swing a golf club. How many strokes they make in an 18-hole round of golf may not be significant.

One can now get a legitimate 54 handicap complete with a “c” for “competition” right next to it. I believe that this move is meant to encourage budding golfers to take to the golf course.

The downside of this move is that it will deal a severe blow to the self-esteem of golfers like Barno and Mukora who despite playing for many years still find that they can never play to a 28 handicap.

The changes basically mean that if a man cannot play to a handicap 28, or a woman to handicap 36, they will not be consulted when the system adjusts their handicap upwards.

Their handicaps will still have the “c” and they will therefore be eligible to participate in any competition that requires one to have a valid handicap.

Despite all the negative talk, there is a bright side to this whole high handicap saga. It is now easier to award an initial handicap.

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