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News from the IGA Handicapping Department.


Remembering Dr. Richard Stroud


On November 5, 2016, one of the game’s most influential and accomplished volunteers passed away at his home in Eagle, ID at the age of 80. Stroud served on the USGA Executive Committee from 1977 to 1979, but his legacy is in the area of handicapping and course rating.

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IGA Member Clubs Viewing Inactive Season

We can’t believe that time of year is already here!  November 14, 2016 is the last day to record a score to your handicap if you play a round of golf at any IGA member club. Keep in mind, that if you travel to an area viewing an active season, you must post that score.

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IGA Versus USGA Membership

A couple of times a year, we receive phone calls about membership options. There are two memberships that often get mixed up. That’s a membership to the United States Golf Association and a membership to a State or Regional Golf Association.

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What Does Our Membership Look Like?

Fun Facts

As of the October 1, 2016 handicap revision, here is what we know about the current Idaho Golf Association membership:

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Didn’t finish a hole? Still post your score!

Didn’t finish a hole? Still post your score!

If you begin a hole (make any stroke or strokes) and do not finish it, section 4 of the handicap manual allows us to apply the idea of “most likely score” to a hole that we may not finish on the golf course


Example 1 – Conceded Putts:

In match play you have a 25 foot putt up a large slope remaining for a birdie, your opponent has just holed out for a bogey and concedes your birdie putt.

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GHIN App Currently Down

GHIN mobile app has been temporarily suspended for use. We would encourage any golfers who use the mobile app to post scores via GHIN.com or m.ghin.com in the interim. Once this is up and running again we will notify you. Thank you for your patience. 

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2016 Season Refreshers

USGA Tee Marker

After a season of being inactive in Idaho, there are a few things that we tend to forget.

The most popular question that comes up is, “Why does my handicap show NH? I’ve had a handicap for years”. Don’t worry, once your handicap goes through a revision (on the 1st or 15th) you’ll  have an up-to-date index. 

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Active Posting Season in Idaho Begins March 1


The time is here! Rounds played in Idaho can now be recorded to your handicap
for handicapping purposes. Handicaps are revised the 1st and 15th

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Why Should I Carry a Handicap Index?

Vanessa Sinclair, Director Of Membership Services & Championship Administration

Most of the time when an individual thinks of a handicap index they associate the handicap with tournament golfers. Most people have a misconception of the greater purpose and that is to track your progress and to know your potential as a golfer.

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Changes to Handicap System for 2016 Released

Changes to 2016 USGA Handicap Manual

In tandem with the 2016 updates to the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association has announced revisions to the USGA Handicap System™

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