The best reason to establish a handicap is because it’s a true measurement of your game. By posting your scores, you are creating an ongoing report of how your game is progressing.
Another good reason to establish a handicap is it allows you to compete against other golfers who are at a different skill level than you. If you are a 30 handicap and playing with someone who is a 20 and you were to have a “friendly wager”, that person would have to give you 10 strokes, 1 stroke on each of the 10 hardest holes as shown on the score card. So by maintaining a handicap, you can play (and beat) anyone!
A handicap is the standard of measurement in golf, most tournaments, such as the LPGA Amateur Golf Association Chapter Championship and MGA (Minnesota Golf Association) events, require participants to maintain a handicap. Think of your handicap as your passport into events—best to have it just in case the opportunity arises!
Establishing your handicap is so easy! Our local chapter offers two options for handicap tracking.
GN21 - this is free service with your LPGA Amateur Golf Association membership, allows you to plan in all LPGA Amateur Golf Association events and tournaments, and enables you to track your progress. All you have to do is activate the system and enter your scores.
GHIN - this option is available to you through the Minnesota Golf Association (MGA). Our Chapter has become a member club of the MGA. The link below can be used for members to set-up a GHIN or renew with the new club designation. The fee is $30.00 and after paying the fee a confirmation email will be sent to the to confirm your membership registration and activation.
While a GHIN is not necessary for competing in LPGA Amateur Golf Association events, it is required for MGA events and may be better received for other non-LPGA Amateur Golf Association competitive tournaments.
The MGA is really excited to welcome the us as a member club. There are a number of benefits to becoming a member club of the MGA. The MGA offers tournaments and events to MN golfers By designating our Chapter when renewing and/or setting up a new GHIN, MN Metro golfers participating in those events and tournaments will show as representing our Chapter.
Additional Information - There are some LPGA Amateur Golf Association leagues (all 18-hole leagues and more advanced 9 hole leagues) where our chapter requires members maintain a handicap. Although not required for every league, we highly encourage ALL LPGA Amateurs players to start and maintain a handicap.
It takes the equivalent of five 18-hole rounds to establish a handicap (i.e., two 9-hole rounds equals one 18-hole round). Several events, including our Chapter Championship, require participants to have an established handicap, so get those rounds in and make sure they are tracked!