## Peoria System – Tournament without Handicap

Category : Happy Golf knowledge

How to pronounce?? – [pee-awr-ee-uh]

The purpose of a golf handicap is so that people of different proficiency to play on a level field. That works with league and professional tournament. But how about golfers without handicaps or a one off friendly competition? The simple solution is the Peoria system.

So how does the system works – out of 18 holes, the system take some holes to calculate the handicap and use that handicap to calculate the net score.

Before that, how does the normal handicap (can consider this as an oxymoron?) works – your score minus your handicap is your net score – for example, my handicap is +20, I get a score of 120 (this is my usual) so my net score is (120 minus 20) 100. And if my friend is a better player (usually the case) and has a handicap of +15, he played a score of 115, his net score will be (115 minus 15) 100. So we sort of a draw for that particular round. That’s how the handicap system works to balance the different capability of golfers.

Welcome to Singapore, if there is a system, there will be a loop. So enter the Buaya (crocodile); he maintains or declares a high handicap and then enter a tournament. Wham Bang! The Buaya wins the tournament due to his artificially high handicap.

Closing that loop hole – Peoria system. Which also allows golfers without handicap to participate.

Detailed steps in doing Peoria system –

- Finish 18 holes.
- Organizer take random 6 holes score
- Golfer add thier score for these 6 holes them up. (example 30)
- Multiply by 3 (90)
- Multiply by factor (example 1)
- Subtract course par from multiplied number (90-72 = 18)
- That number (18) will be Golfer’s Peoria handicap
- Apply the Peoria handicap on the gross score and you’ll get the nett score (100-18 = 82)

Good Bye to Buaya and normal handicap system.

This is also a good system to play when your flight consist of HappyGolfers that do not have handicaps.

Let’s do a dry run on a 9 hole game.

Hole | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Par |

Course | 3 | 4 | 3 | 5 | 4 | 4 | 5 | 4 | 4 | 36 |

Player 1 | 5 | 5 | 5 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 51 |

Payer 2 | 3 | 4 | 3 | 6 | 4 | 4 | 5 | 5 | 4 | 38 |

Secret 3 holes (since it is 9 hole instead of 18 holes) – hole 3, 4 and 5

Player 1 –

- Secret Hole total = 18 (add holes 3, 4 and 5)
- Multiply by 3 = 54 (this is considered your usual score)
- Subtract = 54 – 36 = 18 (this is considered your handicap)
- Multiply by factor = 18 x 1 (Factor of 1 will give a bogey player, a handicap of zero)
- Peoria handicap = 18
- Net score = 51 – 18 = 33

Player 2 –

- Secret Hole = 13
- Multiply by 3 = 39
- Subtract = 39-36 = 3
- Multiply by factor = 3 x 1
- Peoria handicap = 3
- Net Score = 38 – 3 = 35

Observation of above example –

Without Peoria system, Player 2 had a score of 38 while player 1 had a score of 51. The obvious winner is Player 2 with a clear lead of 13 strokes differences.

With the Peoria system, Player 1 had a handicap of 18, therefore ended with net score of 33. While Player 2 had a Peoria handicap of 3, therefore ended with a net score of 35. The better golfer is Player 2 as the handicap is low, but the winner is Player 1 with a net score of 33, 2 strokes less than Player 1.

This example shows that with the Peoria system, it is possible for a golfer with a lower handicap to lose and a higher handicap golfer to win.