Minnesota Golf Association

Handicap FAQ

 
  1. How do I establish an USGA Handicap Index? See: Establish a Handicap
  2. How do I start a Handicap Group at My Golf Club?
  3. Do I have to obtain a USGA Handicap Index through a golf club?
  4. Can I post scores via the Internet?
  5. How do I know if my club has agreed to accept Internet scores?
  6. Can I view my score history and USGA Handicap Index via the Internet?
  7. What does the letter(s) after each score mean?
  8. What does the letter mean next to my Handicap Index?
  9. What does an "R" mean next to my USGA Handicap Index?
  10. How do I change my address on my handicap sticker?
  11. How do I correct an erroneous score that has been posted to my handicap?
  12. What is a multi-member?
  13. How many scores do I need to establish a USGA Handicap Index?

How do I start a Handicap Group?
Two options:

  1. Golf Club Membership
  2. Establish Your Own Club

Do I have to obtain a USGA Handicap Index through a golf club?
Yes. In order to obtain a USGA Handicap Index, a golfer must join through a golf club that is licensed by the USGA to utilize the USGA Handicap System. Golf clubs must have at least ten individual members that have a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf together, follow the Rules of Golf and the USGA Handicap Systemand operate under bylaws with committees to supervise golf activities, so that scores posted are subject to peer review and the integrity of the USGA Handicap System is maintained.
See: Establish a Handicap
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Can I post scores via the Internet?
The USGA Handicap System allows golfers to post scores via the Internet. Scores can be posted directly to the Internet by clicking on the Post On-Line icon or visiting www.GHIN.com. The scores will immediately become part of the golfer's scoring record and be included in the golfer's USGA Handicap Index by the next revision.
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How do I know if my club has agreed to accept Internet scores?
ALL scores can be posted online or through the GHIN Mobile score posting app.   The USGA has determined Internet score posting is a posting method and not a score type.  With this change, scores posted over the Internet are no longer designated with the letter “I.”
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Can I view my score history and USGA Handicap Index via the Internet?
Yes. Visit www.GHIN.com to view the following information about your active GHIN account: the 20 scores that were used to compute your USGA Handicap Index, your USGA Handicap Index, and your 20 most recent scores.
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What do the different letter(s) mean next to my scores?
The letter(s) immediately following each adjusted gross score indicate(s) specific aspects of a score within a player's scoring record. The following is a list of possible score types:

A = Away
C = Combined Nines
H = Home  
P = Penalty  
T = Tournament

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What does the letter mean next to my Handicap Index?

   
L = USGA Handicap Index exceeds 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women or a Nine Hole Handicap exceeding18.2 for men and 20.2 for women
M= Modified Index (by the golfer's Handicap Committee)
N= Nine Hole USGA Handicap Index
R= Reduction - for more information, click here.

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What does an "R" mean next to my Handicap Index?
The "R" signifies that a "reduction" has been placed on your Handicap Index. The USGA has a section in its Handicap System that automatically reduces the Handicap Indexes of players who consistently score better in competitions than in informal play. To be used, the procedure requires that a player have two or more eligible tournament scores and a minimum of two tournament score differentials which are at least three strokes better than the player's current USGA Handicap Index.

What most players don't realize is that an eligible tournament score under Section 10-3 of the USGA Handicap System Manual is a tournament score made within the current year or a tournament score contained within the player's last twenty scores. All tournament scores posted will stay on a scoring record for a year from the date that they were shot. A tournament score may stay on a record longer if in a year it is still a part of the most recent twenty scores. The Handicap Committee at the golfer's club, not the Minnesota Golf Association, may decide to override a reduction in certain cases.
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How Do I update my Mailing Address?

If you know that you will be moving, please contact your club where your handicap membership is held. They will be able to change your address. Once they transmit that information, your record will automatically be updated on GHIN. You can also change your address by contacting the MGA at (952) 927-4643 ext 977 or email us at info@mngolf.org.

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How do I correct an erroneous score that has been posted to my handicap?
To correct or delete incorrect scores in your record, contact the handicap chairperson at your club. He/she can make the corrections (this also applies to scores posted via the Internet). The scoring record which appears online at  www.ghin.com will not be updated until the next Handicap Revision. However, if you click on "View 20 Most Recent Scores" on www.ghin.com, the change will be reflected immediately.
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What is a multi-member?
A multi-member of the MGA is a member who belongs to more than one MGA golf club. A player should be issued only one GHIN number no matter how many MGA member clubs the player joins, unless the player has a 9 hole handicap at one course and a 18 hole handicap at another course. In that case, the player will need two different GHIN numbers.
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How many scores do I need to establish a USGA Handicap Index?
You will need five 18 hole scores or ten combined 9 hole scores to establish an 18 hole USGA Handicap Index or five 9 hole scores to establish a USGA Handicap Index (N) (a 9 hole Handicap Index).
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