Minnesota Golf Association

Handicap FAQ

 

  1. How do I establish a 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 Handicap Index through a golf club?
  4. How do I designate my Home Club?
  5. Where can I post my scores?
  6. Where can I view my score history and Handicap Index?
  7. What does the letter(s) after each score mean?
  8. What does ESR mean in my Handicap record?
  9. What is PCC?
  10. How do I update my mailing address?
  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 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 Handicap Index through a golf club?
Yes. In order to obtain a Handicap Index that can be administered in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping, a player must be a member of a golf club that is affilliated with an Authorized Association, or a direct member of an Authorized Assocation which has assumed the responsibility of a golf club. 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 Rules of Handicappingand operate under bylaws with committees to supervise golf activities, so that scores posted are subject to peer review and the integrity of the Rules of Handicapping is maintained.
See: Establish a Handicap
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How do I designate my Home Club
A player must designate one golf club as their home club, to be responsible for maintaining their handicap index. But all golf clubs that a player is a member of can request the Authorized Association to make an adjustment to a player's Handicap Index. When a player is a member of more than one golf club, the player must ensure each golf club knows the details of which other golf clubs they are a member of, and which golf club they have designated as their home club.
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Where can I post my scores?
The World 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, downloading the GHIN moble app. or visiting www.GHIN.com. The scores will immediately become part of the golfer's scoring record and be included in the golfer's Handicap Index by the next revision.
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Where can I view my score history and Handicap Index?
Visit www.GHIN.com  or the GHIN mobile app to view the following information about your active GHIN account: the 20 scores that were used to compute your Handicap Index, your Handicap Index, and your 20 most recent scores.
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What do the different letter(s) mean next to my scores?
If required, score type designation(s) should be determined by the Authorized Association and can be used to help identify the format of play, where a round was played and other details about the round. This is primarily to assist with the Handicap Committee review process, but can also ensure that the Rules of Handicapping are applied correctly. Examples of how cores might be designated include:

A = Away
H = Home
N = 9-Hole Round
C = Competition
S = Stroke
M= Match
I= Incomplete Round
E= Exceptional Score
P= Penalty Score

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What does ESR mean in my Handicap Record?
When an exceptional score is posted to a player's scoring record, the Handicap Index will be reduced in accordance with the follwoing adjustment table: 
 

Number of strokes the Score Differential is lower than a player’s Handicap Index in effect when the round was played: Exceptional score reduction
7.0 - 9.9 -1.0
10.0 or more -2.0

A reduction can be applied based on a single exceptional score. Reductions for multiple exceptional scores are applied cumulatively. A reduction is automatically applied within the calculation of the player's updated Handicap Index following the submission of the exceptional score. A reduction for an exceptional score is applied by adjusting each of the most recent 20 score differentials recorded in the player's scoring record, which includes the exceptional score. As a result, the impact of hte reduction will remain after the next score is sublitted but will dilute over time as new scores are submitted. Where there are fewer than 20 score differentials in a player's scoring record at the time an exceptional score is submitted, the reduction is applied by adjusting all of the score differentials recorded in the player's scoring record, which includes the exceptional score. 

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What is PCC?
Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC) The statistical calculation that determines if conditions on a day of play differed from normal playing conditions to the extent that they significantly impacted players’ performance. Examples of conditions that could impact players’ performance include: l Course conditions, l Weather conditions, and l Course set-up. (See Rule 5.6.)
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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.
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How many scores do I need to establish a Handicap Index?
You will need three 18 hole scores or six combined 9 hole scores to establish a Handicap Index.
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