MSGA Handicap Reminders for the New Golf Season

MSGA Active Season is March 15 through November 14

Scores To Post

If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a nine-hole score. 5-1a
Scores from all courses with USGA Course and Slope Ratings made during their active seasons, both at home and away, shall be posted by the player along with the appropriate USGA Course Ratings and USGA Slope Ratings. 5-1b
Scores in both match play and stroke play shall be posted for handicap purposes. This includes scores made in match play, multi-ball or team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole:  5-1c
Scores must be made in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf.
Disqualification - A player who is disqualified from a competition, but has an acceptable score, shall record his adjusted gross score for handicap purposes. For example, a player who is disqualified from a competition for failure to sign his scorecard has an acceptable score for handicap purposes. 5-1d

Unacceptable Scores

When fewer than seven holes are played.
Rounds played alone:  MORE INFO
When made on a golf course in an area in which an inactive season established by the authorized golf association is in effect.
When a majority of the holes are not played in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf.
When the length of the course is less than 3,000 yards for 18 holes.
When, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited as, for example, in a competition that allows only iron clubs.
When scores are made on a course with no USGA Course or Slope Rating.
When a player carries or uses non-conforming clubs or uses non-conforming balls.
When artificial devices (as defined under Rule 14-3) are used during the execution of a stroke.

Posting Scores

All hole-by-hole scores must be adjusted using Equitable Stroke Control. (Use the chart below to adjust your hole-by-hole scores.)
Holes Not Played or Not Played Under the Rules of Golf - Post par plus handicap strokes 4-2
Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes - Most likely score 4-1
Course Handicap
Maximum Number On Any Hole
9 or less
Double Bogey
10 through 19
20 through 29
30 through 39
40 or more

All scores played in Maryland from March 15th through November 14th of any given year must be posted. Rounds played in Maryland outside these dates are NOT to be posted. Rounds played outside of Maryland are to be posted if the state you are playing in is in season (typically warm climate states), but should not be posted if state is not in season (typically cold climate states). Check with Pro Shop of course being played or look up on Active/Inactive seasons section of USGA website.

Where to View Your Revised Handicap

Handicap by email - The most convenient way to get your revised handicap is to utilize the online portion of your handican and receive an updated handicap emailed to you on the 1st and 15th of each month.  Contact your golf shop if you have questions on how to do this.
Stickers - At your home club you can print out a sticker with your handicap index and attach it to a plastic card.
Internet Handicap Lookup - At your home or work computer you can go to either and click on the Verification of Handicap/Index link to see your latest handicap index and most recent scores.
Home Club Score Posting Computer - You can view your latest handicap index, home course handicap and course handicap trend.

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