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Mobile App Eases Verification

Many SCGA members are unsure of an easy means of having their Handicap Indexes confirmed, whether preparing for a golf trip, confirmation for a competition or even just making sure the right strokes are given or received during the weekly after-work gathering. While several capabilities to accomplish verification exist, a new feature on the GHIN Mobile App allows your smartphone to do the “heavy lifting” for you with just a few taps of your finger.

When accessing the mobile app, look for the Handicap Card button available in the “More” section. After choosing that option, you will see and be able to show your Handicap Index®, the name of the club that issues the Handicap Index, your SCGA/GHIN number and reference at the bottom that the SCGA and USGA are providing this service, along with the scores used in your calculation.

The mobile app does a lot more, too. A key item is posting scores. If you choose the hole-by-hole option, the app (and other GHIN products as well) will adjust to your maximum hole score of net double bogey for handicap purposes automatically.

All SCGA members can use the app for a number of features, including looking up your Handicap History(only World Handicap System handicaps starting with 2020), You can filter scores based on where they were played, and not just the most recent 20. And you can look at scores tied to the revision calculation, or more recent scores that have been posted since the revision.

Converting your Handicap Index into a Course Handicap is at your fingertips as well. You can put in your buddies and determine other golfers’ Handicap Index values and their Course Handicaps and save access to your friends for future lookups. You can use recently played Courses, allow your device’s GPS to provide you with nearby courses and there is a smart search for looking up by course name. This makes it easy to convert you, your compatriots and others to the right Course Handicap value and determine who gets how many strokes from one another. These favorite course settings also streamline score posting on the app.

The features don’t stop there. Accessing the SCGA’s Twitter feed is there as well. This is an easy way to keep abreast of what is taking place in the golf world in Southern California.

You can access the app on both the Android and IOS platforms. Search GHIN or GHIN Mobile to download the app from the Google Play or Apple stores. The first time you access the app you will be asked to enter your SCGA/GHIN number and last name. Future logins will recognize you.

The mobile app is truly a great tool for the SCGA member on the go.