A handicap is a way to allow golfers (or Am-Am!! participants) of different skill levels to compete against each other on a relatively equal basis. For the Am-Am!!, we calculate average scores for each player over the past five years or so, and compare them against each other. Using a “proprietary calculation”, each player is assigned a handicap value approximately equal to the difference between that player’s average score and the best player’s average score. After each round, the individually calculated handicap values are subtracted from each player's score to give an adjusted net score. The Handicap Award goes to the player with the best total adjusted score after all four rounds.