Handicap Info

The LPGA Women Who Play encourages all of its members to establish an official handicap index. It is a measure of your golfing ability and a tool to help you gauge your improvement. Your index is especially important for outings and competitions because they allow us to pair you with golfers of similar ability. They also level the playing field and make competition fairer.

If you have an index of 40, for example, you can still compete against someone with an index of 10. How? When the competition is over, officials calculate a "net" score: your gross (actual) score minus your handicap. Maybe your final gross score was 110. Your net score would be 110 -40 = 70. If your partner with an index of 10 scores a 95, her net score 95 - 10 = 85. You would win "low net" competition for that event.

A handicap index is a number that represents your skill level and potential scoring ability. Generally speaking, your handicap value is representative of how you should expect to score in relation to par. It's actually a bit more complicated than that because other factors are considered such as which tees you play from and how difficult the course is. It is also weighted such that it's more representative of what you would expect to score on a good day rather than on an average day.

Have a handicap index gives you the ability to compete with golfers of other skill levels on an equitable basis on any course, form any tees.  

An official handicap index is required to compete in some of our competitive tournaments. This can be any USGA approved handicap. You do not have to maintain a GHIN and a GN21 handicap index; one or the other is fine.

One important reason to establish an index is to participate in the Chapter Championship. Another is that it is one of the many benefits of belonging to EWGA. It is included in your dues.

But Shouldn't I wait Until I am a Better Player to Establish a Handicap?

Absolutely not! Having a handicap index as a beginner gives you an excellent measurement of how much you are improving. Nearly everyone starts out with a 40+ handicap index, then slowly, but surely, as you enter your each score, you can watch that handicap index drop.It's gratifying to see your own progress and it gives you incentive to practice and play more often.

Knowing your index may also boost your golf ego! Let's say you are playing a par 4 with your buddies and the entire group bogeys the hole. Rather than feeling disappointed, you know your high handicap gives you 2 strokes on the hole. You can walk away feeling victorious since you shot a net birdie! How good will that feel?

Don't wait. Get your handicap today.

Have a question about handicaps or difficulty navigating the handicap page of the website? Contact our Handicap Chair, Gail Irrgang. handicap@ewgaphilly.com

Adding Courses on GN21

  1. Log in to EWGA.com
  2. Select "handicap"
  3. Select "lists" (under the green golf life banner)
  4. The drop down menu to the right has two choices: my players or my courses. Select "my courses."
  5. Type in the name and select a state, select "submit."
  6. If that is the course you wanted, select "add."

You can continue adding courses or just log out.

When Do or Don't You Post Scores

Posting Scores:

In general, you should post all scores no matter where you play. But there are a few specific rules to follow in particular cases:

If you are unable to complete the round, post your score when you play at least 7 holes. On the holes you didn't play, record a par plus the number of strokes you would have received on that hole. If you have played up to 13 holes, you can do the same thing with the remaining holes so that you can post an 18-hole score.

If you pick up on a hole, jot down the score you most likely would have made. If this score is higher than the maximum number you are allowed under the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) system, then just take the Equitable Stroke maximum.

You must play by the Rules of Golf in order to post your score. For instance, if you use a mulligan, you aren't playing under the USGA Rules of Golf, so treat it as a hole not played and record par plus any handicap strokes you would have received.

Don't Post Scores:

Don't post your score if you are playing on a golf course during the "inactive" period. This period is officially established by the authorized golf association in your area. Generally, this is April 1 through October 26 for the Philadelphia area
Don't post your score when a majority of the holes are not played in accordance with the Rules of Golf..
Don't post your score when playing a course where the slope and rating are missing or incorrect.
Don't post your score if you are carrying or playing with non-conforming clubs or balls.

Posting Your Scores Using the GN21

The handicap service is accessed from the LPGA Women Who Play Member Clubhouse.

Go tolpgawomenwhoplay.comand click on Sign In (in the upper right corner)

Once you have logged in to the Member Clubhouse, click on the “My Handicap” tab on the left side of the screen. On the Handicap page, the Post A Score link will take you to the GolfNet Handicap system where you will post your scores.

Please feel free to contact Gail Irrgang, Chapter Handicap chair with questions for all handicap questions or posting your scores.

gcirrgang@comcast.net; 610 357-9288