What is a handicap?
A handicap is a numerical measure of a player's ability. A specific formula is used to compute a handicap index by factoring in a player's score, tees used and the difficulty of the course played.

Why obtain a USGA handicap index?
The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.

Having a handicap index allows golfers to participate in more events (those that require a handicap index), have a measureable means of tracking improvement, and allows score adjustments to even the playing field when playing with golfers of different skill levels.

Keep in mind: Two basic premises underlie the USGA Handicap System, namely that each player will try to make the best score at every hole in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer review.

The LPGA Amateur Golf Association Handicap System, GN21*, gives LPGA Amateur Golf Association members the ability to:

  • Post scores
  • Access 20,000+ golf course profiles
  • Track personal game statistics
  • Print a handicap card
  • View scoring history
  • Attest scores for other members
  • Communicate with other members, and more


When should I get a handicap?

All LPGA Amateur Golf Association members have the opportunity to obtain an official USGA Handicap Index through the LPGA Amateur Golf Association Handicap System, GN21 – also referred to as GLMS - at no additional cost.

If you are just learning the game of golf and spend the majority of time taking lessons or practicing, it may be too early to get a handicap. Every member who is playing 9 or 18 holes and is playing well enough to keep score is encouraged to obtain a handicap index through GN21.

How do I get a handicap?
The LPGA Amateur Golf Association handicap service GN21, powered by GolfNet, is a full featured system that enables all members to obtain an official USGA handicap index. In order to use this service you must first activate your GN21 account. You then must enter a minimum of 5 scores to establish your handicap.

How Does A Handicap Make you Feel Better About your Game?
When you have a handicap, you must post your total game score online using the Golfnet system on www.ewga.com. However, before you post, you should know that you are required to convert the actual score for each hole into an "ESC" score. Equitable Stroke Control provides a chart of the maximum score number you can take on any hole depending upon your handicap number. For example, in an 18-hole round, the maximum score you can take on each hole is as follows:

Handicap                Max Score

9 or less                 Double bogey
10 through 19                  7
20 through 29                  8
30 through 39                  9
40 or more                     10

How do I activate the GN21 system?

  • Go to https://lpgaamateurs.com and login to the members area by clicking on MEMBER LOGIN at the top of this page
  • Enter your email address and password to login. If this is your first visit to the members area, your password will be Password1. This can be changed later. (Once you have put in your email address and password, if you put a check in the box "Remember me" you won't have to enter the information again.)
  • Click on HANDICAP in the left-hand column and you will be automatically directed to your GN21 account. If you get a second login screen when you click on the handicap tool bar send an email to handicap@lpgaamateurs.com to have your password reset
  • If you have trouble with activation or other concerns, please contact:
      - members@lpgaamateurs.com for password troubles
      - handicap@lpgaamateurs.com for handicap concerns

How do I post a score on GLMS?

Visit the handicap section of the Member Clubhouse at https://lpgaamateurs.com

For additional information:

LPGA Amateurs GN21 System    handicap@lpgaamateurs.com

LPGA Amateur Golf Association - NYC Chapter Chair    info@lpgaamateursnyc.com

USGA Handicap System        www.usga.org

Downloadable PDF of Handicap Information

* Please note the GN21 system also provides a Handicap Trend. The trend is an unofficial estimate of a handicap which represents un-reviewed scores. The "L" that appears after your trend stands for Local Handicap and is required to be there per USGA. It is only on the trend and does not affect your index.