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Score Posting

TGA Members,

We’ve certainly been fortunate that the courses have been able to stay open, and that we’re out and getting rounds in. 

People are doing a good job of getting their scores in each day, and it seems that we have a good handle on the GHIN app for smartphone and tablets, and the GHIN website. Many of us are taking advantage of the hole by hole posting so we can look back at some of our statistics. 

The officers would like to make some recommendations. 

The World Handicap System is intended for use at all levels, even casual play. Please continue posting all the rounds you play, and if you play nine, post nine; the system will hold it until you either have a second nine hole round to combine, or you play 20 full rounds.

Have more than one player in your group keep a card for everyone in the group. Check at the next tee that you’ve got the correct scores, again at the turn, and at the end. You of course can keep a card so you have something with you when you get home to post. It may also be useful to keep scorecards that are part of your past 20 rounds. 

In the interests of safety during the COVID-19 crisis, the CGA has said that we can shut the kiosk down. That will help the Tanglewood staff, as they’ll have one less thing that they’ll need to keep clean. You can post from a smartphone or tablet using the GHIN app, or from a computer at the GHIN website. The USGA recommends that you post your scores using the hole by hole posting method. It is quick, easy, will make any adjustments needed for maximum allowable score (net double bogey) and will take care of adding the score for you.

Finally, if one of your playing partners sweeps your ball back to you, the Rules of Handicapping, Section II, Rule 3-3 addresses what score you should record for handicap purposes. That will be the lesser of net double bogey, or your most likely score. If your ball is within 5 feet, your most likely score is one additional stroke. 

If you have any questions or issues, feel free to contact any of the TGA officers. 

Stay safe, and keep on enjoying our great courses. 

Changing to the World Handicap System on Jan 6, 2020

The USGA will be switching to the new World Handicap System on January 1, 2020. The software for your smartphone, the kiosk, and website should be ready by January 6.

If you’re using the GHIN app on your phone, you’ll see changes there (like being able to enter your scores hole by hole, keep track of putts, fairways hit, greens in regulation.) The kiosk computer in the clubhouse will be updated, and the website for posting will also be updated.

For now, I recommend reading “Top 10 New World Handicapping Features“, “WHS – The Five Things you need to know.” and this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Until the new software is ready, keep your score cards and post after the GHIN-2020 software is ready. This is the only time you should not post scores the same day you play!

You should start using the new “Maximum Hole Score for Handicap Purposes”, instead of ESC, on January 1. That number is net double bogey. In other words, par + 2 strokes+ any handicap strokes you get on that hole.

You will get a bimonthly newsletter, and it will have your handicap index as of the date of that newsletter. It will also be enhanced to show some of your scoring statistics, if you choose to keep them.

We will NOT be posting a file with handicap indicices every day!

To help make the transition easier .. start with this one simple habit: Post your score the same day you play. This basic act will help improve the integrity of everyone’s handicap.

The USGA has a wealth of resources where you can learn all you want about the World Handicap System.

If you’d like to be part of the TGA Handicap Committee, please contact me at skydaver@gmail.com.