Junior golfers that join the Nebraska Junior Golf
Tour will receive a USGA Handicap Index through the Nebraska Golf
Association. The NGA uses the GHIN computation system so you will
be assigned a GHIN number allowing you to post scores for handicap
purposes. Starting May 1 of each year, NJGT members will have
access to a web page allowing members to post scores and track
their scoring stats.
is an important aspect to the game of golf. First, a handicap
allows you to track the progress of your skills as they improve
and your scores lower. Second, players of different skill can
fairly compete against one another in net tournaments and informal
games. Finally, a handicap is required for entry into almost all
competitive golf events in Nebraska and across the United States.
Under the USGA Handicap System, a Handicap Index is computed using
your ten best scores of your most recent twenty scores and the
appropriate USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating for each course
played. The Handicap Index is then converted to a Course Handicap.
Index indicates the potential ability of a player as compared
to an expert player on a course of average difficulty. It is expressed
in a number taken to the nearest tenth, such as 5.3. A Course
Handicap is the number of strokes a player receives in a net competition
from a particular set of tees at the course being played. It is
the number used to calculate Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) hole
score maximums for posting all NJGA 18-hole tournament scores.
Nebraska uses the USGA Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN)
to compute USGA Handicaps for NJGT members. Scores made in both
stroke play and match play shall be recorded. A minimum of five
18-hole attested scores are required to establish a Handicap Index.
As more scores are posted the more accurate the Index will become.
Handicap procedures allow for 9-hole scores to be posted.