I played as a guest 3 times before joining the league. Can I post those scores?
Online Score Posting Options
In recent weeks, many SCGA members have encountered periodic difficulty in attempting to post their scores, especially when posting as a guest at a computer physically located at a golf course. We are working closely with the USGA to resolve these issues and the difficulties should be minimized, but just in case you visit a course where there is some difficulty, or the location is closed for the day, or you just did not have time to post at the course, there are alternatives: 1) You can post your score online at scga.org; or 2) you if you have a smartphone you can post via an app. Note: These alternatives are available solely to members of clubs that allow internet score posting.
We apologize for any inconvenience that you may have incurred recently and appreciate your diligence in attempting to keep your scoring record up to date. And we think that giving you three options (including posting at a course computer) should enhance your opportunities and experience in being able to get your scores posted, keep up to date on your Handicap Index and have access to your handicap-related information at any time.
Thank you so much for being an SCGA member and availing yourself to a wider variety of options and services.
Posting Online Via SCGA.org
Most clubs allow their members to post scores online. The availability of this capacity is a club choice, not an individual choice. If you club does not allow online score posting, you'll notice the message "Internet score posting not allowed for your club" when trying to post. To post online, go to scga.org and scroll toward the bottom of the home page. You do not need a Member Account to post a score. Enter your SCGA/GHIN number and your last name in the appropriate boxes and click on CONTINUE.
When the site recognizes your information, it will position you to input information from top to bottom.
Once you enter a score in the ESC (Equitable Stroke Control) Score box, make sure everything looks right and then click POST SCORE.
The score you just posted will be highlighted.
Posting Scores via GHIN Mobile App
For those clubs that allow internet score posting, you are also able to post using your smartphone. Available for both Apple and Android phones, search for "GHIN" to download the application from the Google Play or iTunes store. The first time that you access the mobile app, you will be asked to enter your GHIN number and last name. Future log ins will recognize you and that you are an SCGA member.
And ratings appear for the course selected. Then ready for input of the adjusted gross/ESC score:
Questions regarding handicaps:
Q: How quickly will I receive a Handicap Index?
A: First, everyone in the country is subject to a new calculation of the Handicap Index on the 1st and 15th of each month only. In order for a calculation to occur, five scores must be posted and in the database by midnight eastern time on each of those dates. As an SCGA member who has provided an email address, you will received your updated Handicap Index and Scoring Record via email on these two days each month through what the SCGA calls an eRevision.
Q: How do I use my handicap?
A: You start with your Handicap Index, which is a number taken to one decimal place. You convert it to a Course Handicap, based on the tees that you are playing for a particular round. The conversion involves some math and utilizes something called a Slope Rating, but you can use SCGA.org, golf course computers, the GHIN Mobile app. referenced earlier and other tools to do the conversion for you. The resulting Course Handicap is a whole number.
Q: Is my handicap my average score?
A: No, your Handicap Index focuses on your better scores (up to best 10 out of 20) and is more an indicator of your potential ability. Therefore you do not “play to your handicap” more than 20-25 percent of the time.
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