Central Indiana Chapter

Pace Of Play

To educate our new members - and to remind our seasoned members, let's check out what Pace of Play means...

Arrive at the golf course in plenty of time to be prepared for your golf game.

  • At least 30 minutes before your tee time
  • Have everything you need - Plenty of balls, tees, and ball markers
  • Distinctly mark several of your golf balls (i.e. dots, name, etc. with a permanent marker)

Play Ready Golf.  This means:

  • Tee off as soon as enough members have arrived and the starter approves. On subsequent tees, if the player with honors is not prepared, another player should set up and tee off.
  • If you must take a practice swing, limit it to one.
  • Proceed directly to your own ball. Do not hang back, especially if you are on the other side of the fairway from the away golfer.
  • In the fairway always be ready to hit. Ready Golf means to hit (safely) when ready, without distracting your partners. Walk briskly between shots.
  • While waiting to hit, survey your shot, select your clubs, take them from your bag, and stand ready to set up and make your shot.
  • Watch other's shots, as well as your own, this will reduce the time spent looking for lost golf balls. Hit a provisional ball whenever in doubt. Spend no more than 5 minutes looking for a lost ball. If the lost ball is not yours, look for it after you have hit your ball.
  • Pace yourself by focusing on the golf group ahead of you, not behind you. You should be one (1) stroke behind the group in front of you.

On the Green:

  • Always leave your clubs at the back or side of the green closest to the next tee.
  • On the green, line up your putt as others are putting out; use continuous putting (rather than marking putts close to the hole) and do not spend too much time with each putt.
  • Manage the pin: the golfer closest to the hole should tend the pin and the first person to putt out should be ready to replace it.


  • Stand quietly and still as another person plays their shot.
  • Stand out of the golfer’s line of vision.
  • Avoid standing directly behind the ball or behind the hole when a golfer is playing or preparing to play a shot.
  • Make practice swings only when there’s no chance that you’ll disturb another golfer.
  • Be prompt when it’s your turn.
  • Stay up with the group in front of you, but let them get safely out of range before hitting.
  • Shout a warning if your ball may hit someone – “FORE!”
  • After playing from a bunker, rake and repair any damage.
  • Avoid making divots with practice swings. If you make a divot, replace it. Simply pick up the piece of turf and gently press it back in place.
  • Ensure that any electronic device does not disturb another player
  • On the putting green, repair ball marks by gently pushing up the turf with a tee or a divot tool. Tap down repaired turf with your putter head.
  • Do not stand or walk on the line of another golfer’s putt.
  • Do not cast a shadow on a player’s line of his putt while he is making a stroke.
  • Do not run on the putting green or drop or lean on clubs.
  • Carefully replace the flagstick in the upright position.
  • Replace your divots on the course, or fill the damaged area with sand if it’s provided on the cart.
  • Never lay your golf bag (or drive the cart!) on the green.Place your bag on the fringe or collar, preferably on the side where you exit the green. Park your golf cart well off the green and on the side where you will exit.
  • Exit the putting green area as soon as everyone in your group has holed out.
  • To avoid delaying play, mark your score card on the next tee, not while standing on or in front of the green.

Level Of Play

New Golfer - Skill Level 1

  1. May never have held a golf club
  2. May have been on a golf course
  3. Has never taken lessons
  4. Has little knowledge of golf etiquette
  5. Has uncomfortable stance and swing Is unfamiliar with golf terms


Beginner - Skill Level 2

  1. Does not play regularly, two to four times a month
  2. Practices rarely, may have had some group lessons
  3. Scores over 125 regularly (18 holes)
  4. Sometimes picks up their ball
  5. Does not always keep score


Intermediate - Skill Level 3

  1. Plays regularly, but weekly at most
  2. Practices occasionally Scores between 115 to 125 regularly (18 holes)
  3. Has an official handicap over 30


Advanced - Skill Level 4

  1. Plays regularly, 2-3 times a week
  2. Practices regularly, 1-3 times a week
  3. Scores between 95 to 115 regularly (18 holes)
  4. Has an official USGA handicap of 30 or less (18 holes)


Competitive - Skill Level 5

  1. Plays whenever, wherever, with whomever
  2. Practices regularly, 1-3 times a week
  3. Plays comfortably in competition
  4. Scores under 95 regularly (18 holes)
  5. Has an official USGA handicap of 25 or less (18 holes)



 Local Educational Discounts


Barla Golf Academy at Sahm: Scott Barla is offering a complimentary club evaluation before the season starts for members of LPGA AGA. He also has refer a friend program. You will get a free 30 min lesson from Scott for each referral that books a lesson. Email Scott Barla at sbarla69@gmail.com or call (248)635-4183.

Crossing Golf Course: 5 lessons for $100 in a group setting 4-6 individuals needed (you can pick the time), individual lessons available $50 LPGA AGA discount.  Contact Rylan Porter at Rylan58@gmail.com

The Legends:  Get Ready Golf 4 Clinic Series for $99.  This will run for 4 consecutive Tuesdays in May from 6 – 7:15pm. Contact Crystal Morse at 317-370-3100 or cjanglea@yahoo.com or Ted Bishop at (317) 736-8939 or tedbishop38pga@aol.com

Golf School of Indiana:  Erika Wicoff is holding Women’s only golf clinics at Sahm Golf Course on Wednesdays @ 6pm for 1 hour clinic.  $30/lesson (6th lesson is free).  Also at The Fort at 3:30pm.

Jan Kleiman Golf and Ironwood: Jan Kleiman has a 20% discount or $48 on private lessons. Also she will do a 9 hole playing lessons for $80 or $60 per person, minimum of two people. Contact Jan Kleiman at jan@jankleimangolf.com or call 863-604-0594.

Handicap Information


A handicap is a numerical measure of a player's ability. A specific formula is 
used to compute a handicap index by factoring in a player's score, tees used and the difficulty of the course played. Benefits of maintaining a handicap include the ability to compete with golfers of other skills levels on an equitable basis on any course, from any tees. It also provides an objective way to measure golf skill improvement.
A Handicap Index compares a player's scoring ability to the scoring ability of a scratch golfer on a course of standard difficulty. It reflects the player's potential because it is based upon the best handicap differentials posted for a given number of rounds, ideally the best 10 of the last 20 rounds.

Is there a fee for a handicap?
Access to the LPGA Amateur Golf Association’s Handicap System (GN21) is part of your LPGA Amateur Golf Association membership until December 31, 2019. This system calculates a handicap index based on requirements set forth by the USGA, so LPGA Amateur Golf Association members who utilize it are receiving official USGA handicap indexes.
How do I establish my handicap?
·         Log into the members section of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association website and click on the “Handicap” link to activate your handicap account.
·         Play in LPGA Amateur Golf Association events (or in non-LPGA Amateur Golf Association events with other people) and start getting your scores posted.
·         Your handicap index is calculated once you have posted five (5) 18-hole rounds (or ten (10) 9-hole rounds).
·         Handicap indexes are updated every two weeks during the season and, once enough rounds are posted, are calculated based on the best 10 of your last 20 rounds.
Who do I contact with questions regarding my handicap?
 Lisa Hall at educationLPGAAmateurscentralin@gmail.com for questions, fixing mistakes, editing scores, etc.
Will someone be posting our scores from league play & LPGA Amateur Golf Association events this year?
 Yes. You must indicate on your league sign-up form or on the scorecard turned in that you want your score posted. You must have your handicap account activated for scores to be posted. Scores will be posted weekly.
How do I get my scores posted for non-LPGA Amateur Golf Association golf rounds or if I need a league score to be posted?
You are responsible for posting your own scores in these cases. If you need help, contact Jenni Ginsburg. As with all aspects of golf, the handicap system expects honesty and integrity from its participants. All individuals maintaining an official handicap have the following responsibilities:
·         Post every eligible score during the posting season.
·         Play all rounds eligible for posting under the USGA Rules of Golf.
·         Make an effort to make the best score on each hole of every round played.
Please CLICK HERE for instructions on how to post your own scores.
How do I access my handicap information online?
2. Click on “Member Login” on the upper right-corner of the page.
3. Login or use the “New Visitor Registration” link if you are a new member.
4. Click on “Handicap” on the left side of the page.
5. You will be taken to a page with your handicap information. This page also has links to enter scores, review your scoring record, and print your handicap card.
6. Note that the GN21 system also provides a “Handicap Trend”, an unofficial estimate of a handicap which represents un-reviewed scores. The "L" that appears after your trend stands for Local Handicap and is required to be there per USGA. It is only on the trend and does not affect your index.
What is Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) and do I need to follow it when posting my scores?
Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) is the downward adjustment of individual hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player's potential ability. ESC sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's Course Handicap. ESC is used only when a player's actual or most likely score exceeds the player's maximum number based on the table below.
If the score you would like posted for league or an event is different than the actual score you
wrote down on the scorecard for the round, please make the ESC adjustment and note it on the scorecard.
Is my GN21 handicap the same as a GHIN handicap?
The GN21 and GHIN handicaps are both USGA handicaps and are calculated using the same method. Some clubs require a specific handicap, such as GHIN, for entry into a tournament. If you are in need of a GHIN handicap, you will need to establish it at an IGA/PGA member club at an additional cost.   The Indiana Golf Office website contains information on IGA/PGA member clubs: http://www.indianagolf.org/index.php
USGA Handicap System Definitions (information from the USGA Handicap Manual – www.usga.org)
The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The System provides a fair Course Handicap for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player's Handicap Index up or down as the player's game changes. At the same time, the System disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player's potential ability and promotes continuity by making a Handicap Index continuous from one playing season or year to the next. A Handicap Index is useful for all forms of play, and is issued only to individuals who are members of a licensed golf club.
Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review. The player and the player's Handicap Committee have joint responsibility for adhering to these premises.
A Handicap Index compares a player's scoring ability to the scoring ability of a scratch golfer on a course of standard difficulty. A player posts scores along with the appropriate USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating to make up the scoring record. A Handicap Index is computed from no more than 20 scores plus any eligible tournament scores. It reflects the player's potential because it is based upon the best handicap differentials posted for a given number of rounds, ideally the best 10 of the last 20 rounds.
A Handicap Index is portable from course to course, as well as from one set of tees to another set of tees on the same course. A player converts a Handicap Index to a Course Handicap based on the Slope Rating of the tees played.
A USGA Course Rating is the USGA's mark that indicates the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for a scratch golfer under normal conditions based on yardage and other obstacles that affect scoring ability. A Slope Rating is a measurement of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers. Each course is rated from each set of tees for both the scratch golfer and the bogey golfer. The USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating together reflect the difficulty of the course for a player who is not a scratch golfer. The greater the difference between the scores of the scratch and bogey golfers on a certain course, the higher the Slope Rating will be and the more strokes players will receive. Conversely, the less the difference, the lower the Slope Rating will be and the fewer strokes players will receive.
A "scratch golfer" is a player who can play to a Course Handicap of zero on any and all rated golf courses. A male scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 250 yards and can reach a 470-yard hole in two shots at sea level. A female scratch golfer, for rating purposes, can hit tee shots an average of 210 yards and can reach a 400-yard hole in two shots at sea level.
Information sources include the USGA Handicap Manual, the Handicapping section of the USGA website.