As most of you know, the current USGA Handicap System converts to the World Handicap System in January 2020. Here is what will be happening over the next few months into 2020 regarding the handicap services.
What’s Not Changing
GolfNet will continue to be a benefit as part of our dues through 2020.
World Handicap System (WHS) Changes
Score posting was suspended December 31, 2019 through January 6, 2020 as all services were converted to the new WHS centralized database. On January 6, 2020, WHS went live. If you played during the awesome New Year's Day weather, you can post those scores now.
Handicaps will change with the new calculations; thus, handicaps calculated on January 6, 2020 will be the starting point going forward as your revised handicap under the WHS.
Handicaps will be updated every single day, so posting daily becomes important.
WHS will now use 8 scores instead of 10. All participating systems around the world (i.e., GHIN, GolfNet, etc.) calculations will be done thru a centralized computation service and stored in a centralized database.
GHIN updated on January 6, 2020. You may experience a new look interface when logging into your GHIN account.
Single sign capability via the LPGA Amateurs site for GolfNet stopped working after December 31, 2019, and will be addressed later in 2020. There is no timetable for a fix. You will be required to directly login to your GolfNet account to post scores. (More to come on this.)
GolfNet has always had the option to post hole by hole. GHIN will now too. YEAH!!!
ESC will be calculated differently under the new WHS. It is highly recommended that you post hole by hole to allow the system to automatically calculate your max score rather than YOU learn the formula and calculate it yourself just to post a single score.
For those who want to calculate ESC, max score will now be calculated as Par + 2 + any strokes you would normally get on a hole. Good Luck (and please don’t come my direction for help)!!
LPGA Amateur's headquarters will be sending out information regarding the above in future communications.
Additional Information Regarding World Handicap System
Go out to USGA.org. At top of screen click on Playing. At the bottom click on World Handicap System. There is an abundance of info out there.
St. Louis Chapter Direction 2020 and beyond St. Louis Chapter will be establishing a relationship with the Metro Amateur Golf Association (MAGA) in 2020 for GHIN Handicap Services along with the benefits our members would receive as a member of this association. Please continue to watch for other communications regarding NWS and this upcoming MAGA direction for the chapter members.
As always, please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.