Sandhills Chapter

Most Improved Golfer Award 

We are going to implement a Most Improved Golfer Award in 2021.  The winner will be the member who has the highest improvement factor, as determined by the USGA recommended formula:

Improvement Factor   =          12 + Handicap Index at beginning of season
                                             12 + Handicap Index at end of the season


  • The division is carried to 3 decimal places
  • The addition of 12 has been determined by the USGA as equitable in gauging the improvement of golfers encompassing the entire spectrum of handicaps.   


Example:  Starting Handicap Index of 22.6                12 + 22.6 = 34.6

                   Ending Handicap Index of 17.4                  12 + 17.4 = 29.4

 Improvement Factor      =       34.6/29.4 = 1.177       

Must be a member of Sandhills Chapter from the start date (April 1, 2021) until the end date (October 31, 2021).  

  • Must have a verifiable handicap index on both the start date and end date.
  • Must have posted a minimum of 10 18-hole** scores, five of which must have been played at an LPGA Amateurs event offered through the Sandhills Chapter.

 **For those who play 9 holes, two nine-hole posts are automatically converted to an 18-hole post even if not played on the same golf course.

If you have questions about the Most Improved award:  I Have a Question About the Most Improved Award



Establishing & Maintaining a USGA Handicap



A handicap is an indication of a player's ability. A specific formula is used to compute handicaps by factoring in a player's score and the difficulty of the course played.



A handicap allows players of different ability levels to compete with each other. For example, if a player with a 20 handicap has a score of 100, her net score is 80 (100 - 20 = 80) while a player with a 27 handicap and a score of 107 also has a net score of 80. Using handicaps helps to even the playing field, making the game more fun.


Handicaps also travel with you. If you play a course that is more difficult than your home course, your handicap will generally be higher and, on an easier course, will generally be lower.



If you are just learning the game of golf and spend the majority of your time taking lessons or practicing, then it may be too early for you to establish a handicap.

Once you start playing 9 or 18 hole rounds, you should establish your handicap.



LPGA AMATEURS provides a free handicap service as a part of your membership through the end of 2021.  You then must enter a minimum of three 18 hole scores (total of 54 holes) to establish your handicap.

If you have questions about posting scores, contact your chapter Handicap Chair 
at HANDICAP CHAIR get started.  It's very easy and can make your game even more fun! 

A verifiable USGA handicap index is required if you are planning to play in any of the LPGA AMATEURS national tournaments (Scramble, Stableford, Individual Championship and Champions Cup). Some of our weekend golf outings this year will also be handicapped events.
More information can be found by logging into your 
LPGA Amateurs account and choosing “My Handicap” or by posting a score and looking under the help menu.

The New World Handicap System Goes Online in 2020

On 1/1/20, the new Rules of Handicapping were introduced in the United States as part of the World Handicap System that will be adopted by countries all over the world.


The entire system will look very different. There will be a new user interface and a new way of posting. Here is a brief overview. We hope to have more information to our members this spring to help in this transition.


Maximum Score

Starting in 2020, the maximum score you can post on any hole is a NET DOUBLE BOGEY. In other words, the maximum score for each hole is double bogey plus any handicap stokes applied on that hole, based on your Course Handicap and the difficulty of that hole (holes are ranked by difficulty on the scorecard, from 1 to 18).” [Course handicap refers to the handicap of the player, and difficulty refers to the handicap of the hole].

POSTING - Hole by Hole Scoring

If you use the hole by hole posting option, the system will automatically calculate and make the adjustment for you based on the tees you selected. This is the recommended method for posting all scores. (You will put in your GROSS score on each hole and the software will calculate your maximum score per hole.)


POSTING - Total Score

If you post total scores only (9-hole or 18-hole), you will need to adjust each hole score on your own before posting. To do this, you must first determine your Course Handicap and then note on your scorecard where you receive strokes. Adjust any hole scores down to the maximum allowed and then total your score. You may use the Course Handicap Calculator found at and will need to know your Handicap Index, the Course Rating and Slope for the tees you played, and the Course Par.


Handicaps Now Updated Daily

Your handicap index will update EACH DAY you post a score rather than twice each month. You should post your scores immediately after completion of each round and no later than midnight of the day you played. 

For more information about the World Handicap System and the new Rules of Handicapping go to the link below.



For the USGA Handicap Booklet



Or contact your chapter Handicap Chair at HANDICAP CHAIR