Firstly, thanks to Golf Almerimar for organising the Virgen del Carmen golf competition yesterday.
The rest of this article is for golf nerds.....
After the competition I was discussing handicap changes for pairs competitions with a few people. This was because the handicap changes that were made did not seem to match what I would have expected.
After a bit of research I found out that the Spanish golf federation introduced an updated handicap system from 1 January 2014. The change included a modification of the way in which pairs handicap changes are calculated. In addition, it also now allows for the possibility of handicaps going up after a pairs competition.
Sube = increase in handicap if you do not reach a score in the buffer zone
ZN = buffer zone (if you score a number of stableford points in this range your handicap is unchanged)
42, 43 etc. = number of stableford points scored
Sharon & I scored a nett 64 in the better ball pairs medal competition yesterday. This is 8 under the par of 72 for the course and equates to a stableford score of 44 points (36+8).
Sharon is in handicap category 4 (18.5 - 26.4) so her handicap was cut 0.4.
I am in handicap category 2 (4.5 - 11.4) so my handicap was cut 0.2.
Jacqui and Alan scored a nett 67 (5 under par) that equates to 41 (36+5) stableford points. They were both in their buffer zone so their handicaps are unchanged.
Finally a question:
Who is taking who to the prize giving ceremony on Wednesday evening after the virgen has been paraded around the port?