The USGA announced a revision to Section 5-1e of the Rules of Golf indicating the seven instances in which a score is unacceptable for posting for official handicap purposes. Below is a summary of when you can’t post a score:
To clarify, here are the seven instances that make a score unacceptable for posting: pic.twitter.com/GpJIPjCKMe
— USGA (@USGA) November 23, 2015
The most notable change on this list is the fact golfers must play alongside someone else for their scores to be counted. This has drawn criticism from many golfers, including those who may not be able to play with others on a regular basis.
@USGA bad idea 80 percent of my rounds won't count because my schedule rarely allows me to play w/others. Handicap will be less accurate.
— Adam (@asb613) November 23, 2015
Other golfers brought up additional issues with the change, including the problem of someone having to leave while the round is in progress.
— The Sears (@JSears68) November 23, 2015
And then there is the issue of golf being a game of integrity while being unwilling to trust someone to keep an accurate score on their own.
— Anthony Cornetto (@aec4444) November 23, 2015