EWGA encourages all 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, which is based on your best scores, 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.
Having a Handicap Index gives you the ability to compete with golfers of other
skill levels on an equitable basis on any course, from 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 (local club membership and fee required) and a GN21 (included
with membership) Handicap Index. In fact, we do not recommend maintaining two
separate accounts. GHIN or GN21 are acceptable for EWGA competitions.
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
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
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 Director Jeanne Biggerstaff at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDING COURSES ON GN21
- Log in to EWGA.com
- Select "Post A Score"
from the menu on the right
- Click on “My Course List” from the
“Course” tab in the orange navigation bar
- On the My Course List page, click
- Type in the course name and a list
of possible courses will display below
- Click on the course you want and select
continue adding courses or just log out.
WHEN DO OR DON'T YOU POST 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 a 9-hole 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 based on your Course Handicap for the tees you played. If you have played up to 13 holes,
you can do the same thing with the remaining holes so that you can post an
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 your score if you played alone. Playing with people outside of EWGA
does NOT constitute playing alone so those must be posted.
post your score if you are playing on a golf course during its
"inactive" period. This period is officially established by the authorized
golf association responsible for oversight in the area where the course is
Don't post your score when a majority of the holes are not played in accordance
with the Rules of Golf.
post your score when playing a course where the slope and rating are
missing or incorrect.
post your score if you are carrying or playing with non-conforming clubs or
POSTING YOUR SCORES USING THE GN21
first step is activating your free GolfNet (GN21) account. This is an easy to
use system where you can establish and maintain your Handicap. To create your
Handicap account, log in at the EWGA Member Portal and click on “Post A Score.”
This will create a connection between your member profile and the Handicap
system. If you have any problems accessing the system, send an email to mailto:email@example.com.
few things to know about the Handicap system
The "Home Course" that is seen when you log in is the Chapter Home
Course. It can only be changed at the request of the Chapter to GolfNet. Each
individual league does not get their own home course.
2. To set your preferred personal default course, go to Score Center > Enter
Score. On the Enter Score screen, click on the “My Settings” link at the top
right. Select the course you want from the Default Course drop down. NOTE: if
you do not see your preferred course listed, close the box and use the “My
Lists” link to add the course to your Course List and then return to the My
4. Most of the course information has been updated. However, if you find one
that does not have the correct slope and rating information, please see the
"click here", which is directly beneath where you select your course.
This will report the missing or incorrect information to GolfNet. Please
note that scorecards are often out of date so if that information doesn’t match
the GolfNet information, you should first check the USGA Course Rating database for the most current information.
A few tips:
people enter their total score, but you may also enter your scores hole-by-hole
if you wish. Be sure to select the correct tees and 9-hole or 18-hole scoring.
may also choose to enter your score as an "attested" score, which
means another player attests that your score is correct. An Attestor is NOT
required for posting and unattested scores are still used in your Handicap
sure the slope and rating are correct. IF they are not, contact GN21.
Handicap will not be computed until you have posted at least five 18-hole
scores or ten 9-hole scores. Handicaps
are updated on the 1st and 15th of each month. Any scores
posted between those dates will be held until the next revision. In between
revisions, your Trend Index will indicate what your Handicap would be using
your most recent scores. Trend Indexes update in real time after each score is
posted if a change is necessary (you may need to refresh your screen to see any