LPGA Amateurs provides a FREE Handicap system to all its members. Currently this service is provided by Golfnet.
One of the reasons to regularly post your scores into a Handicap System is to track your progress. Another reason is that establishing a Handicap makes it possible for fair competition between players of different ability, whether it’s in competitive matches, a friendly wager between friends, or a skins game with money on the line just like the Pros! To put it simply, handicaps are equalizers.
Beginning Jan 1, 2020, the world has switched to a united World Handicap System.
As part of the transition to the WHS, all GolfNet Handicap accounts are now listed in the GHIN system and have been issued a GHIN number. This listing is for Handicap verifications only. If you use GolfNet to maintain your Handicap, you will not be able to post your scores at ghin.com. All GolfNet users will still post their scores as before, by logging in at the Member Clubhouse or from the mobile app.
We recommend having only one active Handicap account (except in those cases where a club requires a second GHIN account). If you have been using both GHIN and GolfNet to post your scores, you will have two listings – one for your GHIN account and one for your GolfNet account. If you prefer to use GHIN exclusively, you have two options to ensure one active account:
Have your GolfNet account set to inactive – the GolfNet account will still show in the GHIN system with a different GHIN number, but will be marked inactive and show NH for No Handicap (this will negate any possible confusion about which account is current);
Have your GolfNet and GHIN accounts merged – both accounts will still be listed, but with the same GHIN number and Index. If you were posting in both accounts at the same time, there will likely be duplicate scores. The duplicates can be deleted either by the GHIN account admin or in GolfNet by the Chapter admin. Any deletions in one account will be transmitted to the other account so the records will match.
With the new handicap system in effect Jan. 1, 2020, it is very important to post your scores daily, since your score will affect all the other scores' adjustments played on the same course that day.
In the new handicap system, your maximum score for a hole is DOUBLE OVER YOUR NET SCORE for that hole. If you enter your score hole by hole on the LPGA Amateurs Web Site (link above), this adjustment is automatically made for you. If you only enter your total score for the game(not recommended) , you have to do this adjustment yourself.