The following rule changes have been made for 1997:
The handicapping system has changed slightly for
1997 with respect to "The Equitable Stroke Control System".
The old system was based on a maximum number of
strokes allowed per hole based on a golfers
handicap and the par of a hole.
The new system allows a maximum number of strokes
allowed per hole based on purely a golfers handicap
independent of the par for the hole.
For exact details of the new rule, refer to the IHMGC rules.