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Governing Golf Bodies Seek Unified Handicap System
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Golf's authorities around the planet are working towards a single World Handicap System. The formal announcement came today about an effort that has been much-rumoured for the past year.

The golf handicaps used by more than 15 million golfers in 80 countries around the world are currently delivered through six different systems. The numerical index is used to measure a golfer's potential skill level.

A release from the United States Golf Association (U.S.G.A.) and Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) says the aim of the proposed handicap system, "is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that would apply all over the world."

An extensive review of existing handicap systems administered by Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) has been undertaken.

Work on the project has already been underway for the past two years, taking into account the variations in which the game is played around the world.

A joint committee led by the USGA and The R&A has been formed, including representatives from each handicap authority as…

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