Why every Golfer should have one and our Chapter's policy regarding Handicaps
This year at the Manatee EWGA we're gong to be encouraging all our members to take advantage of the EWGA system and get a USGA Handicap. A handicap is required to compete in all Chapter events and to register for League. If you do not have a handicap you can fill out the form with "nh - for no handicap" (see below for what this means). Please do not put "n/a". If you put "n/a" then we are going to count that as "nh". We know this seems like minutia but it does matter when we are awarding prizes and it matters to everyone who runs the EWGA Events and League that all our members understand what we do and why we do it.
We also voted at the Board meeting to expand this policy so that we are going to require an established (and verifiable) handicap for all members and guests to be eligible to win prizes at our events.
Why this policy and what does it mean?
A handicap is meant to make the scoring in a game of golf more even and therefore more fair. By knowing players handicaps the people awarding the prizes can "flight" a round so that the good golfers don't always win. It means that someone with a 35 handicap can play someone with a 12 handicap (a much better golfer) and they can still play a competitive game and have fun. If you don't have a handicap then those who are scoring can't give you any 'advantage' and you will never be a winner.
What if you fill out the form with "nh - no handicap"?
If you fill out the form with "nh" then two things will happen:
1.) You will be given a "0" handicap. This will mean you will get no advantage.
2.) Our Handicap Chair (Jeannie Rieker) may contact you to try and help you get a handicap
What if you don't know your handicap or you don't have enough scores to report your handicap or you have another reason that having a handicap is just not something you can handle right now?
When you register just write "nh" but recent 9 hole scores were 75 and 62. Or my recent 18 hole score was 145. Our event coordinators can tell from this what your handicap might be.
There are some members who have established handicaps via systems other than the one provided on the Manatee EWGA website. Those handicaps are also valid and can be used. If you have questions about your handicap or how to use the EWGA System just ask. Jeannie Rieker is our handicap chair and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
A USGA Handicap Index can be established with as few as five scores when you first join a club. As you continue posting scores, your handicap will be figured using the lowest 10 of your most recent 20 rounds.
Entering Scores on the EWGA Website
Go to www.ewga.com and “sign in “ on the Upper right hand corner. Your log in is your primary email address and your password.
You’ll get to the “member portal” page and on the left hand side is an option for “handicap”.
Click on Handicap and you’ll be taken to the handicap page where you can enter current scores and update information. If you have trouble on the “left hand side” there is a link for “handicap/login support” or you can simply email email@example.com
(IMPORTANT: Do NOT click on "Verify Handicap" at any time)
On the right hand side of the Handicap Page are red buttons.
Click on "Enter Score" (note the other items that can be checked as well)
Enter the date,
Enter the Course,
Enter whether you played 9 or 18 holes
Enter the tee played
Check any appropriate box (i.e. Tournament or Played with Member)
(Also note the "Helpful Links" section)
Enter your "Adjusted Gross Score" using Equitable Stroke Control and click "Post Score"
Review the information for accuracy and click "Confirm Score"
Click "Logout" when you are done.
If you are not able to Log In, you should click “forgot password,” check your email for the new temporary password and try again – change your password once you have logged in.
If you still have problems logging in, you should email headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org
and explain the problem in your email.