Step 6: Apply Section 10-3 for players with two or more *eligible tournament scores*.

Using the definition of a *tournament score* (see *tournament score* and Decisions 10-3/1 through 10-3/6), the Committee (preferably the *Handicap Committee* in consultation with the Committee in charge of the competition) must determine in advance whether a score is to be designated as a *tournament score* that is to be identified by the letter “T” when posted (e.g., 82T). These scores are often referred to as “*T-Scores*” as in Section 10-3c.

a. Procedure

The following procedure must be used as an alternate calculation of a *Handicap Index* for players with two or more *eligible T-Scores*. A player’s *Handicap Index* may be reduced under this procedure when a player has a minimum of two *eligible T-Score* *Handicap Differentials* that are at least 3.0 better than the player’s *Handicap Index* calculated under Section 10-2.

The *Handicap Committee* or handicap computation service must apply the following steps to determine if there is a reduction in *Handicap Index* calculated under Section 10-2.

b. Steps

*Example:* A player with a *Handicap Index* of 17.3 has three eligible *T-Scores*, an 82T, 83T and 85T. Two of these *eligible T-Scores*, an 82T and 83T, produce the lowest *T-Score* *Handicap Differentials*. They were made on a course with a *USGA Course Rating* of 70.6 and a *Slope Rating* of 130.

Step 1: Calculate *T-Score* *Handicap Differentials* by subtracting the *USGA Course Rating* from each *eligible T-Score*; multiply the result by 113, and divide by the *Slope Rating* for each course played. Select the two lowest *eligible T-Score* *Handicap Differentials*.

Step 2: Subtract the second lowest *T-Score* *Handicap Differential* from the *Handicap Index* under Section 10-2. Continue with the next step if the result is 3.0 or greater.

Step 3: Average the two lowest *T-Score* *Handicap Differentials*.

Step 4: Subtract that average from the player’s *Handicap Index*.

Step 5: Using the number (rounded to the nearest tenths place (7.0) from step 4 and the total number of *T-Score* in the player’s record (3), use the Handicap Reduction Table to determine the amount the player’s *Handicap Index* is to be reduced.

Step 6: Subtract the table value from the player’s *Handicap Index*. The result of that subtraction will be the player’s reduced *Handicap Index*, provided that it is at least 1.0 less than the *Handicap Index* based on the formula in Section 10-2. The reduced *Handicap Index* is to be identified with the letter R when displayed in handicap reports or on the computer screen (e.g., 12.3R).

*Example* :

Value from Handicap Reduction Table 5.0

*Handicap Index *— Table Value: 17.3 – 5.0 = 12.3

Reduced *Handicap Index*: 12.3R

c. Counting Tournament Scores

(i) *T-Score* Counter — The number of *eligible T-Scores* will be counted on a revolving 12-month basis. In order to keep track of the counter, but not save every *T-Score*, a counter for each month is needed. The *T-Score* counter will contain the sum of the latest 12 monthly counters plus any *T-Scores* older than one year that are a part of the 20 score history. The monthly counter will increase based on the date a score is processed, not the date of the score.

(ii) Best *T-Score* File — Up to the best six *eligible T-Scores* are saved in a “Best T-Score File,” separate from the player’s scoring record of the most recent 20 scores.

(iii) Adding *T-Score* — When a new *T-Score* is posted, it becomes part of the player’s normal scoring record as a score and *Handicap Differential*. If the “Best *T-Score* File” has fewer than six *eligible T-Scores*, the new *T-Score* is added to that file. If the file already has six *T-Scores*, the new *T-Score*, if better than any *T-Score* in the file, is added to the file and the worst *T-Score* in the file is deleted from the file, regardless of the date of the *T-Score*.

(iv) Discarding Old *T-Scores* — At each handicap revision, each *T-Score* in the “Best *T-Score* File” is checked to see if the score is older than one year and no longer part of the player’s current 20 score history. If so, the score is deleted from the file. Deleted *T-Scores* are replaced by the best *eligible T-Scores* (if any) in the player’s scoring record that are not already in the “Best *T-Score* File.”

d. Duration and Variation of Reduction

*Handicap Index *reduction for exceptional *T-Scores* is calculated at each handicap revision and may vary from revision to revision based on a number of factors. These factors may include the following:

• Additional *T-Scores;*

• Expiration of *eligible T-Scores;*

• Variation in 10-2 calculation;

• Fluctuation of 10-2 calculation in relation to the two lowest *eligible T-Scores*.

e. Handicap Committee Review of Reduction

The *Handicap Committee* must review all reductions. As a result of review, the *Handicap Committee* may:

• Continue to allow the reduction to run its normal course, as described in Section 10-3d, or

• Further reduce the *Handicap Index.* For example, the Committee may conclude that the player’s performance continues to be better than the potential ability indicated by the 10-3 reduction. In that case, the Committee replaces the reduced *Handicap Index* with an even lower modified *Handicap Index,* continuing to review the reduction after each revision period (See Section 8-4e), or

• *Override* the reduction. For example, the Committee may cancel the reduction to a *Handicap Index* for a player who has been injured and whose reduction was based on *T-Scores* prior to the injury. In that case, the reduction is inconsistent with the player’s *scoring record.* The Committee replaces the reduced *Handicap Index* with the *Handicap Index* calculated under 10-2 and ceases designating it with an R. The Committee will have the option to continue to *override* after each revision period for as long as at least two exceptional *T-Scores* continue to trigger a Section 10-3 reduction. Once the player’s *scoring record*contains fewer than two exceptional *T-Scores*, the Committee must cease *overriding* and rely on the normal calculation under Section 10-2.

• Decrease the amount of the reduction. The Committee may decide that the player’s full 10-3 reduction does not reflect the player’s potential ability, but a reduction is still necessary. In this case, the Committee may modify the amount of the reduction and the player’s *Handicap Index* as calculated by Section 10-2. For example, if the player’s 10-3 calculation is a 10.0R, but the 10-2 calculation is 15.0, the Committee could change the player’s reduced value to a value of 12.5M. This does not completely *override* the player’s reduction.