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News and feature stories for handicapping and GHIN Services.

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The ‘Art’ of Course Rating

The 'Art' of Course Rating

by Kevin Jones, WSGA Manager of IT and GHIN Services

The USGA Course Rating System, which is now the leading rating system internationally, is complex

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Handicap Chair Occupies Important Seat at the Table

By Joey Flyntz, USGA

Whether you belong to a small online golf club or are a member of a large green-grass facility, one of your peers is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of everyone’s scoring record and Handicap Index®: the handicap chair.

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USGA and R&A Work with Handicap Authorities to Develop a Single World Handicap System

Driving Distance Study

The USGA and R&A are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the game.

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USGA Recaps Industry Takeaways from Pace and Innovation Symposium

Pace and Innovation

The United States Golf Association (USGA) hosted 125 industry experts Jan. 19-20 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif., for the Association's Pace and Innovation Symposium.

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FROM THE DESK
OF JOHN SAEGNER, Jr.

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

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

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

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Equitable Stroke Control

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???

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!

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

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

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

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