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Golf in the project “Sport in schools”, in cooperation with the Serbian School Sports Federation

General Secretary GAS, Irena B. Suturović and General Secretary of the Serbian School Sports Federation, Uroš Savić, signed a contract on how children in elementary schools in Serbia will learn golf.

Serbian School Sports Federation, the last 5 years with the action Sport in schools motivate children to additionally deal with sports outside the basic classes of physical education. “Sports in School” is free project intended for children aged 1 to 4 Classes of elementary school, funded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Also, the project is under full support Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and it is implemented by the Serbian School Sports Federation in more then 100 primary schools throughout Serbia.

The program “Junior School of golf”, which GAS implemented for several years, includes training sessions to familiarize with basic golf concepts, strokes and golf virtues and also, it meets the basic kids needs for movement and play. It was presented to Serbian School Sports Federation at the Sports Fair in Belgrade.

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“Golf carries values like the other sports too, but golf requires more cultures and behaviors on the field, and so we want to enrich that in our program “Sports in School “. Golf Association provides equipment for children and the work of the professor is financed through us. Currently we have launched a program in 10 locations and for now, the children and professors are very interested. We hope that we will expand cooperation over time” – said Savić.

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“In the beginning of March children in Serbia will have the opportunity to get acquainted with golf, and in agreement with the Serbian School Sports Federation we plan to expand cooperation to at least 10 more locations. Special equipment (SNAG) is also provided, adapted to training conditions inside and outside and the ages of the children. Schools in the south and east of Serbia will be able to get acquainted with the new sport” – said Irena Suturović.

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Training of teachers who are in the project was held at the end of the month and then was given and SNAG (Start new at golf) equipment for training.
The trainings are starting from the first of March in the city Apatin, Beograd, Zaječar, Zrenjanin, Kragujevac, Niš, in Prijepolje and in Subotica.

Jefimija is in the top 5 on the intercollegiate tournament in Portugal

Jefimija is in the top 5 on the intercollegiate tournament in Portugal

Young Jefimija flashed at the tournament in Portugal. The Global Juniors Golf season started in Portuguese tournament under the name „Portuguese Intercollegiate Open 2018“ , near Lisbon, from 16 to 19 February.
On the field Penha Longa Golf Resort, Jefimija played with the result 79, 76, 76, for the fourth place.
Thanks to this result, Jefimija has advanced on the World Amateur Golf List for 14 Positions, well this week she took(is) 1393 place on the list.

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Andrija Djordjevic, also player of the Junior national team of Serbia, after the results achieved 83,82, on the third day played PAR(72) and took 31st place on the list.

After the tournament, Jefimija showed her satisfaction and said:

„ Participants from different countries made this tournament as one more significant and nice expereience for me. It was tense, but I am am very happy because I had a chance to play for one of the first three positions.In the coming period, it will be a lot of training for upcoming tournaments and I hope for successful season”.

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First was a young player from Denmark, August Thor(-4) and on the women’s list the best placed was Rivekka Dzhumagluova(+5), which last year she took the third placed at the Open Championship of Serbia.

GOLF’S NEW WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM DESIGNED TO WELCOME MORE GOLFERS

GOLF’S NEW WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM DESIGNED TO WELCOME MORE GOLFERS

20 February 2018, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA:

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.

The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: 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 (AAG) and the USGA.

The new system will feature the following:

 Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability
 A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for national or regional associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction
 A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries
 An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control
 A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day
 Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation
 A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)
 A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game

Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed. This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system.
This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by The R&A and the USGA with support from each existing handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.

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Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.

“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.”

Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented, “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernising golf’s Rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

The tenets of the new system focus on three main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair basis; and to indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions.

Given worldwide alignment towards a single system, all parties will now embark on a two-year transition period targeting implementation in 2020. When adopted, the World Handicap System will be governed by The R&A and the USGA and administered by national and regional associations around the world, with safeguards included to ensure consistency as well as adaptability to differing golf cultures.

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The existing six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.
The announcement is the latest step in a multi-year collaboration between The R&A and the USGA, as well as national and regional golf associations around the world to introduce one set of Rules of Handicapping, aimed to support modernising, growing and improving accessibility of the sport.

As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A’s and the USGA’s efforts to implement a World Handicap System. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organisations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.

To provide feedback on the new World Handicap System or for more information, visit www.randa.org.