Handicap News and Updates

Score Posting season concluded on Sunday, November 14

As of Monday, November 15, 2021, golfers are no longer permitted to post scores from rounds played in New Jersey and surrounding states. The active handicap posting season for New Jersey and the immediate area resumes on April 1, 2022.

Scores for rounds played in areas which are still in active seasons MUST be posted. A schedule of the score posting season, by state, is available by clicking here.

2021 Biggest Loser Handicap Challenge


She crushed it!    Please join us in congratulating ARLENE RODRIGUEZ for her very impressive improvement in her 2021 handicap of more than 33%, dropping her HCP significantly from June through October.   Well done, Arlene!   

When asked about her 2021 golf season and what she did to improve her game, here's what Arlene had to say, "Thank you so much!  This is truly exciting news.  2021 was all about learning and improving.  I changed my swing early in the season and worked on keeping things simple and my mindset more positive.  I practiced often and with better focus and played more.  The biggest loser challenge and everyone I played with inspired me.  Every experience was an opportunity to learn and improve."

Our local competition started in June and we've been tracking it monthly.  The competition ended on October 31st.

Please congratulate all our members who stepped up to compete in our local Chapter Biggest Loser Handicap Challenge, especially Elizabeth who also had a significant improvement this year.   

  • Elizabeth Szatkowski  >12% improvement
  • Loretta Nelson
  • Karen Kantor
  • Ann Mackey
  • Irene Hunt
  • Beth Staehle

A focus on handicap improvement helps you improve and enjoy your golf game.  Aim for your goals, then Swing Past Them!


Challenge Details:

Handicap Revision Date and Close of Registration:  May 31, 2021, 11 PM EDT
Ending Handicap Revision Date and Close of Competition:  October 31, 2021
Minimum Number of Rounds:  Competitors must post a minimum of 10 rounds during the challenge period.  In the spirit of the Rules of Handicapping, players are expected to post ALL

ELIGIBLE SCORES immediately after play. 

See rules for complete details.
Registration Fee: $15.00 (U.S.) (one member)


Information coming as to how to set up your 2022 Handicap 

LPGA Amateurs Coastal NJ

Get your HANDICAP here!

LPGA Amateurs are encouraged to establish a Handicap Index, which is designed to allow you to compete with golfers of all skill levels.   LPGA Amateurs - National provides many resources in the Member Resources section for Handicaps. 

By using a Handicap Index, you can compete against your own potential scoring ability instead of other golfer’s scores.  A Handicap Index is used to determine your Course Handicap, which varies depending on the course and set of tees you play. 

The Course Handicap is the number of strokes subtracted from your gross score to give a net score.  The Handicap Strokes are allocated on specific holes, based on their difficulty. 

All LPGA Amateurs are encouraged to enter their scores and to establish their handicap through GHIN via our LPGA Amateurs Coastal NJ Chapter.   Look for more information coming with Chapter renewal for establishing your GHIN handicap in 2022. 

GHIN stands for “Golf Handicap and Information Network” and is the service established by the United States Golf Association (USGA) to provide handicaps for players that belong to golf clubs affiliated with their regional golf association, such as LPGA Amateurs Coastal NJ. 

A GHIN number is the unique ID provided to you to keep your Handicap Index. GHIN is the most widely accepted Handicap Index.   While there are different ways to get your Handicap Index, the USGA/GHIN Handicap Index is the most widely trusted and accepted version.

In order to establish your Handicap Index, you need to post three 18-holes scores (or six 9-hole scores).   Your Handicap Index will be issued the morning after you reach this threshold (three 18-hole scores/six 9-hole scores).

Your Handicap Index is meant to give the most accurate representation of your playing potential. In order to do that, you need to post ALL your rounds — both your best and worst rounds.

You do not post scores from Scrambles or Best Ball tournaments, or any event where you did not play your own ball for at least 14 holes (out of 18).  

There are many free resources available to LPGA Amateurs golfers to explain in more detail about Handicaps, any adjustments and how to utilize them.    

The best way is to start to enter your scores, hole by hole in GHIN, and to track your progress. 

Here's some examples of the Rules of Handicapping 


RULE 1.3:  All PLAYERS are expected to:

  • Act with integrity and follow the Rules of Handicapping 
  • Attempt to make the best score possible
  • Submit acceptable scores as assign as possible after a round
  • Play by the Rules of Golf
  • Review the scores of fellow players


RULE 3.1  Maximum Hole Score

For a player without a Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to PAR + 5

For a player with a Handicap Index, the maximum score for each hole played is limited to NET DOUBLE BOGEY which is = to Par for that hole + 2 strokes + Handicap Strokes Received. 

EXAMPLE:  A player with a Course Handicap of 16 receives one handicap stroke on the first 16 allocated handicap stroke holes.  A player with a Course Handicap of 24 receives one handicap stroke on each of the 18 holes and another stroke (or two handicap strokes) on the first 6 allocated handicap stroke holes.  

EXAMPLE:  For the player with a Course Handicap of 24, the score on a Par 4 hole with a handicap stroke index of 10 (the 10th hardest hole on this course), would calculate their NET DOUBLE BOGEY score as = Par 4 + 2 strokes for a double bogey + 1 handicap stroke received for a 7.  

 EXAMPLE:  For the player with a Course Handicap of 24, on a Par 5 hole with a handicap stroke index of 1 (the hardest hole on this course),  would calculate NET DOUBLE BOGEY score as = Par 5 + 2 strokes for a double bogey + 2 handicap stroked received for a 9.   Of course, if both of these players shot a 4 on each of these holes, the score would be 4!  

In summary, all LPGA Amateur members are expected:

  •   To act with integrity by following the rules of handicapping;
  •   Attempt to make the best score possible when you play;
  •   Submit acceptable scores as soon as possible after your round is complete; and
  •   Play by the Rules of Golf 

 This means ENTERING EVERY SCORE for every round you play.

 Rule 2.1 states that a score is acceptable for handicap purposes if the round has been played:

  • In an authorized format of play over at least the minimum number of holes required (14 holes must be played for an acceptable 18 hole score and 7 holes for an acceptable 9 hole score),
  • In the company of at least one other person,
  • by the Rules of Golf, and
  • On a course with current course and slope ratings

 Choosing not to enter scores is as unacceptable as moving your ball to a better lie or not counting a penalty stroke.   If you are playing a round of golf or a match play event and do not complete every hole in a round, there is still a required procedure for entering your score.

  If you do not hole out when playing a hole, you should enter your most likely score (Defined by USGA Rule 3.3) for that hole.

  If your match is over before you play all 18 holes, you still enter a score using net par (Defined by Rule 3.2 of USGA Rules of Handicapping.) for the un-played holes.

 We are happy to help any members with any issues you have and encourage everyone to check out the websites of the local and national chapter, USGA and the NJ Golf Association for more information regarding the handicap system.

 Aim for your goals, then Swing Past Them!

Irene Hunt
LPGA Amateurs Coastal NJ
Chapter Handicap Chair



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