Handicap Info

The EWGA encourages all of its members to establish an official handicap index. It is a measure of your golfing ability and a tool to help you gauge your improvement. Your index is especially important for outings and competitions because they allow us to pair you with golfers of similar ability. They also level the playing field and make competition fairer.

If you have an index of 40, for example, you can still compete against someone with an index of 10. How? When the competition is over, officials calculate a "net" score: your gross (actual) score minus your handicap. Maybe your final gross score was 110. Your net score would be 110 -40 = 70. If your partner with an index of 10 scores a 95, her net score 95 - 10 = 85. You would win "low net" competition for that event.

A handicap index is a number that represents your skill level and potential scoring ability. Generally speaking, your handicap value is representative of how you should expect to score in relation to par. It's actually a bit more complicated than that because other factors are considered such as which tees you play from and how difficult the course is. It is also weighted such that it's more representative of what you would expect to score on a good day rather than on an average day.

Have a handicap index gives you the ability to compete with golfers of other skill levels on an equitable basis on any course, form any tees.  

An official handicap index is required to compete in some of our competitive tournaments. This can be any USGA approved handicap. You do not have to maintain a GHIN and a GN21 handicap index; one or the other is fine.

One important reason to establish an index is to participate in the Chapter Championship. Another is that it is one of the many benefits of belonging to EWGA. It is included in your dues.

But Shouldn't I wait Until I am a Better Player to Establish a Handicap?

Absolutely not! Having a handicap index as a beginner gives you an excellent measurement of how much you are improving. Nearly everyone starts out with a 40+ handicap index, then slowly, but surely, as you enter your each score, you can watch that handicap index drop.It's gratifying to see your own progress and it gives you incentive to practice and play more often.

Knowing your index may also boost your golf ego! Let's say you are playing a par 4 with your buddies and the entire group bogeys the hole. Rather than feeling disappointed, you know your high handicap gives you 2 strokes on the hole. You can walk away feeling victorious since you shot a net birdie! How good will that feel?

Don't wait. Get your handicap today.

Have a question about handicaps or difficulty navigating the handicap page of the website? Contact our Handicap Chair, Carol Haines. handicap@ewgaphilly.com

Adding Courses on GN21

  1. Log in to EWGA.com
  2. Select "handicap"
  3. Select "lists" (under the green golf life banner)
  4. The drop down menu to the right has two choices: my players or my courses. Select "my courses."
  5. Type in the name and select a state, select "submit."
  6. If that is the course you wanted, select "add."

You can continue adding courses or just log out.

When Do or Don't You Post Scores

Posting Scores:

In general, you should post all scores no matter where you play. But there are a few specific rules to follow in particular cases:

If you are unable to complete the round, post your score when you play at least 7 holes. On the holes you didn't play, record a par plus the number of strokes you would have received on that hole. If you have played up to 13 holes, you can do the same thing with the remaining holes so that you can post an 18-hole score.

If you pick up on a hole, jot down the score you most likely would have made. If this score is higher than the maximum number you are allowed under the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) system, then just take the Equitable Stroke maximum.

You must play by the Rules of Golf in order to post your score. For instance, if you use a mulligan, you aren't playing under the USGA Rules of Golf, so treat it as a hole not played and record par plus any handicap strokes you would have received.

Don't Post Scores:

Don't post your score if you are playing on a golf course during the "inactive" period. This period is officially established by the authorized golf association in your area. Generally, this is April 1 through October 26 for the Philadelphia area
Don't post your score when a majority of the holes are not played in accordance with the Rules of Golf..
Don't post your score when playing a course where the slope and rating are missing or incorrect.
Don't post your score if you are carrying or playing with non-conforming clubs or balls.

Posting Your Scores Using the GN21

The first step is activating your free GN21 account. This is an easy to use system where you can establish and maintain your handicap. You must first send an e-mail to handicap@myewga.com to get started. In the e-mail, please include your first and last name, your EWGA member number and that you are a member of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of EWGA. Your GN21 account will be activated in 7-10 days. You may then, start posting your scores.

Posting your Scores Using the GN21 A message from EWGA Headquarters:
1. The "Home Course" that is seen when you log in is the Chapter Home Course. It can only be changed at the request of the Chapter to GolfNet. Each individual league does not get their own home course.
2. To change your personal home course, click on the Account tab on the top of your GN21 home page, and then scroll down to default course and tee box; click on search course directory and than after finding the course you want , submit it. This will change your home course.
3. After you have entered your e-mail address and password on the EWGA MEMBER site, you can click on "Remember Me." You will not have to enter this information again.
4. Most of the course information has been updated. However, if you find one that does not have the correct slope and rating information, please see the "click here", which is directly beneath where you select your course. This will report the missing or incorrect information to GolfNet.

If you like, you can print or save to file, a copy of the EWGA MEMBER USER MANUAL which is over 40 pages long. It will make using this system much easier. After you log in, select the red "HELP" button near the top of the page. You can download the manual and print or save it.

A few tips: Most people enter their total score, but you may also enter your scores hole-by-hole if you wish. Be sure to select the correct tees and 9-hole or 18-hole scoring. You may also choose to enter your score as an "attested" score, which means another player vouches for you and says your score is correct. Make sure the slope and rating are correct. IF they are not, contact GN21. Your handicap will not be computed until you have posted at least five 18-hole scores or ten 9-hole scores.