Handicap FAQ

Handicap FAQ

A benefit of being an MGA Associate Members is having the opportunity to post scores and establish a Handicap Index.  Golfers can become an MGA Member by contacting a club or league or Join Online.
Scores can be posted through the GHIN Mobile App or  online at  www.GHIN.com.  or  www.mngolf.org
To correct or delete incorrect scores in your record, contact the handicap chairperson at your club or email us at info@mngolf.org.
The free GHIN Mobile App is available to all golfers with an active GHIN #.  Golfers can post scores, follow fellow golfers, calculate Course Handicaps, track stats and use GPS.  For more info visit: https://www.mngolf.org/Res/2022%20GHINMobileApp%20Flyer.pdf
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.

Within the United States, scores will be identified with the letter designations below. These can be used to help identify the format of play, where a round was played and other details about the round.  

9-Hole Round
Exceptional Score

You will need three 18 hole scores or six combined 9 hole scores to establish a Handicap Index.

When an exceptional score is posted to a player's scoring record, the Handicap Index will be reduced in accordance with the following 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. 

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: 
  • Course conditions
  • Weather conditions
  • Course set-up
See Rule 5.6.
If you know that you will be moving, you can update your address within the GHIN Mobile App (select More, My Profile) or online at www.ghin.com (top right click your Name, My Profile).  You can also change your address by contacting the MGA at (952) 927-4643 ext 977 or email us at info@mngolf.org.
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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