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WSGA Archive for the ‘Handicapping Blog’ Category

New World Handicap System Prepares for Implementation Beginning in 2020

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
World Handicap System

Golf’s new World Handicap System, which is designed to bring the game of golf under a single set of Rules for handicapping

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The USGA Handicap System

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, specifically that every player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and the player will post every acceptable score for peer review.

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Score Posting Responsibilities

Friday, March 30th, 2018

It is the responsibility of each golfer to post all acceptable scores as soon as practicable. The preferred posting method is through a handicap computer located at the club where the round was played but you may also post the round via the Internet, the GHIN Mobile App or the WSGA website.

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Score Posting Season Has Begun

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Just a quick reminder that the 2018 score posting season begins on Thursday, March 1st. You may begin recording scores for rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association.

In the February 15, 2018 eRevision, we passed along information that gave you your score posting responsibilities and Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).

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Score Posting Season to Begin on March 1st

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Just a quick reminder that the 2018 score posting season will begin on Thursday, March 1st. You may begin recording scores for rounds played on that date going forward.

In addition, if you have/had a score from a round played before November 14, 2017 and you did not get it posted, you can actually do that at any time.

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Status of Membership

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Trying to post a score via the Internet or on your mobile device, but you cannot complete the score posting process? Are you not receiving your bi-monthly handicap update? This could be because your club has inactivated your membership. All you need to do is pay your 2018 Membership dues at your club to continue taking advantage of all of the benefits of membership with the Washington State Golf Association.

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Posting of Scores and Handicap Updates

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Each year, the Washington State Golf Association observes a period of time (November 15th to the last day of February) when scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the WSGA are never acceptable for handicap purposes. If you however play golf during that period in an area (Hawaii, California, Arizona, etc.) that is still accepting scores for handicap purposes, you must post those scores as soon as practicable.

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Inactive Score Posting Season Begins

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association between November 15th and the last day of February are never to be posted for handicap purposes. If however, you play a round during our Inactive Score Posting Season in an area (California, Arizona, Hawaii, etc.) that is still accepting scores you must post that score as soon as practicable.

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Inactive Score Posting Period Coming Up Soon

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

With just two weeks until our Inactive Score Posting Period we would like to pass along important information regarding the posting of scores during our Inactive Score Posting Period:

You must post scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association prior to November 15th at any time, even during our Inactive Score Posting Period (November 15 th to the last day of February).

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End of Season Score Posting and Handicap Updates

Friday, September 29th, 2017

As the year winds down, we would like to remind you of the score posting and handicap update policies of the Washington State Golf Association. Much like most of the Golf Associations located in the northern part of the country, the WSGA observes a period (commonly referred to as Inactive Score Posting Period, or Winter Freeze) where scores from rounds played from within the boundaries of the Association are never acceptable for handicap purposes.

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Webinar: How is a Handicap Index Calculated?

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Collin from the WSGA's handicap department covers how a Handicap Index is calculated. Since a Handicap Index effects the majority of golfers, we encourage everyone to watch and learn how this number comes to be!

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Podcast: Tees & Trips (w/ WSGA Sr. Director of Handicapping John Saegner!)

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Josh visits with John Saegner, WSGA Senior Director of Handicapping & Course Rating to learn how they come up with slope and rating, and how you can volunteer to become a rater

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Video: Section 3-5, Players Competing from Different Tees

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Want to compete with your buddies from different tees???

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Equitable Stroke Control

Friday, April 14th, 2017

We all have bad holes from time to time in any given round, but we must apply Equitable Stroke Control in order for our handicap index to be properly calculated.

All scores for handicap purposes, including tournament scores, are subject to the application of Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).

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Why is there an ‘R’ next to my Handicap Index???

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The “R” next to your Handicap Index stands for reduction. It is not a restriction, and it is not permanent.

Most people coming into the new golf season are a little bit rusty unless you had the comfort of playing down South during the winter.

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SCORE POSTING BEGINS!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

As of March 1 you can begin posting scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association. The WSGA is a seasonal golf association which has a period of time (November 15 to the last day of February) in which scores played from within its boundaries are not acceptable for handicap computational purposes.

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Handicap Spotlight: Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) and Score Posting; ‘NH’ showing at GHIN or Club

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) and Score Posting

Scores made when a Local Rule for Preferred Lies (Winter Rules) is in effect must be posted for handicap purposes unless the Committee (preferably the Handicap Committee in consultation with the Committee in charge of the course) determines that course conditions are so poor that such scores are not acceptable and should not be posted.

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Handicap Spotlight: Temporary Greens and/or Tees

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Scores made during temporary situations are acceptable for handicap purposes when the conditions of the course are equivalent to the USGA Course and Slope Rating.

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Video: Reduction of Handicap Index

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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Video: Score Posting for Not Played and Unfinished Holes

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Handicapping Education Series - Score Posting for Not Played and Unfinished Holes

The WSGA discusses Section 4-1 and 4-2 of the USGA Handicap System.

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Video: Equitable Stroke Control

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Handicapping Education Series - Equitable Stroke Control

The WSGA discusses Section 4-3 of the USGA Handicap System, Equitable Stroke Control.

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Video: Section 3-5, Players Competing from Different Tees

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Handicapping Education Series - Section 3-5, Players Competing from Different Tees

Kevin and Collin from the WSGA are at The Home Course talking about Section 3-5 of the USGA Handicap System, players competing from different tees or men vs women from the same tees.

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Video: Rules R Us!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Rules R Us!

If you could change any of the Rules of Golf, which would one it be and why?

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Video: Introduction to TPP Online

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Handicapping Education Series - Introduction to TPP Online

The WSGA gives an introduction to TPP Online. Kevin Jones creates a Best Ball event from start to finish.

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Video: Rules R Us!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Video: Rules R Us

If you could change any of the Rules of Golf, which would one it be and why?

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Video: USGA Handicap System Changes Webinar

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Handicapping Education Series - Handicap System Changes Webinar

This is a recording of our webinar from March 24th covering the changes to the USGA Handicap System for 2016-2017.

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Video: Rules Rule!

Friday, March 11th, 2016

We asked a few questions about the Rules, and we got a few answers...

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Video: Member Management Tutorial

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Handicapping Education Series - Member Management Tutorial

Kevin takes you through activating and inactivating members using the Online GHIN Handicap Program.

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Video: Playing Alone Explained

Friday, February 26th, 2016
Playing Alone

Handicapping Education Series - Playing Alone

The WSGA Handicapping Department will be releasing educational videos throughout the year.

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From the 2016 PGA Show in Orlando: Johnny Miller talks equipment changes

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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Video: USGA Handicap System 2016 Webinar

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Handicapping Education Series - USGA Handicap System 2016 Webinar

Webinar reviewing the changes to the USGA Handicap System in 2016.

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Video: WSGA – Golf For Everyone!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

See below for an informational video produced for the 2015 WSGA Annual Meeting!

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Video: WSGA featured in Chambers Bay course rating special

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
WSGA Course Rating Video

Check out a video from USGA featuring our terrific WSGA course rating team:

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WSGA Handicap Computer Refresh Project

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The WSGA Handicap Computer Refresh program started in late 2014. We replaced about 265 computers across our jurisdiction. I had the pleasure of working with my team--Kevin Jones, our IT Manager, accompanied by tremendous help from Charissa Quiambao, our Handicapping and GHIN Services Coordinator.

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Friday Funny

Friday, March 13th, 2015

It is known that the WSGA Course Raters' top pick is Dairy Queen, but Ronald McDonald is trying to 'measure up' and convert them to McDonald's!

Happy Friday!!

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First day of Score Posting is March 1st

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Starting March 1st, scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association will be acceptable for handicap purposes. Please make sure that when posting an acceptable score that you apply Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) when you have a score on a hole which exceeds your maximum under ESC.

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2015 USGA Handicap Seminars

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Do you have questions about the USGA Handicap System and how it affects you and your fellow members? What better way to have all of your questions answered than to attend a Washington State Golf Association conducted USGA Handicap System Seminars this spring!

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Score Posting and Handicapping Tidbits

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Score Posting and Handicapping Tidbits:

Well, our score posting season begins in four weeks, so there is no better time than now to review your score posting responsibilities:

• The WSGA observes a period each year (November 15th to the last day of February) in which scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the WSGA are never acceptable for handicap purposes.

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USGA Intern With WSGA

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Jonathan Hrehov, a USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern, is serving a three-month internship in the WSGA office, from where he will be conducting the GPS data collection for the USGA, visiting courses in the area, gathering information on pace-of-play and course maintenance issues.

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Troubleshooting Problems with Internet Explorer 11 and GHIN

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Having trouble using GHIN products after updating your Microsoft Internet Explorer to version 11? Our first suggestion would be to try Firefox, which is the recommended browser for all GHIN products.

However, the instructions below may be of some assistance in getting GHIN (and other) web pages to work correctly with MSIE 11...

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The Dreaded “R” – Handicap Index Reduction or Sandbagger?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The definition of a “reduced handicap index”, ex: 18.2R, is when a golfer has a minimum of two eligible tournament score differentials that are exceptional, at least 3.0 better than the golfer’s handicap index.

The definition of a “sandbagger” is one who misleads others about his/her ability level, claiming to be worse than he/she actually is.

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Got Game? Try the WSGA Player Series!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

As a benefit of membership with your club and the Washington State Golf Association, you are eligible to play in any of our one-day WSGA Player Series events. If you happened to have played in our Net Tour in 2013, it has been rebranded as the WSGA Player Series. 

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Fall and Winter Score Posting

Friday, September 13th, 2013

As the score posting season begins to wind down, this would be the appropriate time to remind our members of the score posting polices and status of their memberships during the late fall and winter.

Scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the Washington State Golf Association are acceptable for handicap purposes, and are transmitted to GHIN, only when they are/were played between March 1st and November 14th.

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Do You Know When Your WSGA Membership Expires?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

As you hopefully know, when you join a WSGA Member Club, $28 of the membership dues collected goes toward your membership in the WSGA.

Your WSGA membership runs from January 1through December 31(a calendar year).   Every WSGA Member Club is asked to verify their roster, as to those members who have or have not paid their dues, by March 31 of the current golf season. 

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Transition – Taking the Range to the Course

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Stacy Heaney is a full Member of both the PGA and LPGA.  She is presently a golf professional at Manito Golf & Country Club in Spokane, Wash.  Her prior experiences include Elyria Country Club in Ohio and Linwood Country Club in southern New Jersey, among others. 

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Have you given eGolfer and the GHIN WSGA App a Try?

Friday, July 12th, 2013

eGolfer is an Internet based program designed to assist golfers in organizing their golf network through the use of widgets.

The myGame dashboard has several views with a selected primary focus on scores or scoring statistics.  Additionally, widgets will supplement the primary focus view with information relevant and personalized for the golfer.

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Tips from a Pro

Friday, June 28th, 2013


Today’s tip is brought to you by Dan Harrington, PGA Head Professional at Meadow Park GC in Tacoma. Dan has been a golf professional since 1995 and has been with Meadow Park Golf Course since January 2004. He is the current Western Washington Chapter – PGA Vice-President.

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Tips from a Pro

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Today’s tip is brought to you by Jay Gurrad, PGA Professional at Grays Harbor CC in Aberdeen, Wash. Jay is the former golf coach at Lower Columbia College. He can be reached at jay.gurrad@hotmail.com.

 

Putting – the good, the bad, and the 3-putt

 

Three putting can be very frustrating.

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Golf Etiquette That Will Help Pace of Play

Friday, April 12th, 2013

It is your group's responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If your group falls behind a complete hole and you are delaying the group behind, you should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.

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Reminder: 2013 Active Golf Season in Washington and Northern Idaho Begins March 1st!

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

March 1, is the first day to post scores for rounds played in Washington and Northern Idaho for the 2013 Active Golf Season.  Please take a moment to review your GHIN score record for any scores from rounds played between November 15and February 28 in Washington and Northern Idaho which are never acceptable for handicap purposes. 

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