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the LPGA Amateurs Coastal NJ Chapter

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 GHIN Handicap 2023 Renewal opens on:   February 14, 2023

The link to renew will be activated on February 14, 2023


2023 GHIN Handicap Registration/Renewal

Available all season long


Members may register for GHIN thru the Coastal Chapter

 beginning Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 06:00 PM.


The active handicap posting season for New Jersey and the immediate area resumes on April 1, 2023.  Scores for rounds played in other areas which are still in active seasons MUST be posted. 




United States Golf Association (USGA) golf handicaps are provided by the Golf Handicap Information Network (GHIN) through the regional authority, the NJSGA (New Jersey State Golf Association).

The only requirement for enrolling in the GHIN at this site is that you are a current member of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association, Coastal New Jersey Chapter.

Your GHIN enrollment will be good throughout 2023.

The fee for enrollment is $35.




 Contact Irene Hunt, ireneannhunt@gmail.com  



Why Get A Golf Handicap?

LPGA Amateurs are encouraged to establish a Handicap Index, which is designed to allow you to compete with golfers of all skill levels.   

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.  

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 https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/handicapping.html

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!  

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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