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The concept of peer review is an essential element of any golf handicapping system. Without peer review the Handicap Index is just a number.
Most systems around the world are based at a golf club where the majority of players know each other and posting a score will immediately follow a round at the course where the round is being played leaving the score open to peer review. However this situation is very rare here in Thailand as most players do not belong to a golf club and not a single golf club in Thailand will manage the handicaps of their members leaving players with no choice but to opt for one of the many online systems to manage their handicap
Now a major issue in online handicap management that has been talked about over and over is the fact that players can enter their own scores and potentially manipulate their handicap. At Birdie we have taken this issue very seriously and feel that it would be very very difficult for a player to manipulate his handicap using our system and these are the reasons why:
One feature that we are particular proud of are the verified scores. When adding a score into Birdie you have 3 options
I think we can assume that if a golf society manager adds your score it is pretty legitimate so that one is a considered a verified score. If your playing partner enters your score on your behalf we can also assume that is legitimate so it only leaves the legitimacy of the adding your own scores
Adding your own score to Birdie
Adding your own score in Birdie is allowed and that score will have a bearing on your handicap but we give you the option to add credibility to the score
Card Marked By
To add more credibility to the score you can add who the card was marked by:
After the score has been added to our system the score is then subject to peer review. Firstly you will notice the score appear in the newsfeed so at a quick glance when you open Birdie you will see who has scored what in the last few days
You can click on any one of these scores to show more details about the players profiles and of course his / her list of scores
Here you can click through any score that any player has entered, you can see if they are verified or not and see how it is verified
Reporting a score
If you would like to dispute a score entered you can click the score from the players score and anonymously report to it us where it will be reviewed.
17 Apr, 2017 09:20
Given the Pattaya handicap debate featuring on Facebook currently, I believe Birdie is in a unique position to promote its ability to become the dominant handicap administrator, separate from either the PSC or the IPGC. To further add integrity Birdie could perhaps not accept scores that are sourced from other than a golf organiser.
Adding to the notion that Birdie could offer a genuine alternative as Pattaya's main handicap administrator, would be the inclusion of some changes Golf Australia made to move away from the USGA Handicap System. The reason for these changes are outlined in the GA website. They were driven primarily because Australian golf is tournament based as opposed to the US 4BBB match culture. The same is true of the EGA System, but the Australian case is well explained and documented.
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