USGA Ushers Rules Changes in 2019

You’ve Heard About the New Rules…Flag in? Flag out? Penalty area? Everyone is talking about the new rules. If you didn’t get a chance to join us at our recent Rules Seminar, check out the rules change highlights here.

Why maintain a Handicap Index?

Experienced Golfers: Golf allows friendly and serious competition between players of differing abilities.  A handicap enables golfers to compete fairly - each player with the opportunity to succeed.  Since many LPGA Amateurs golf events include some type of competition,  members with USGA handicaps ensure that they compete fairly with the other LPGA Amateurs members.  In addition, a member must have a current handicap index to compete for Low Net in LPGA Amateurs Monthly events, participate in Ringer Tournaments,  compete in the LPGA Amateurs Champions Cup series, and the LPGA Amateurs Championship Series which begins with the Chapter Championship, and other Chapter golf events.  A player without an index is always welcome to participate in fun play and/or Low Gross.

Newer Golfers:  In addition to the reasons listed above, a handicap can gives tangible evidence of improvement. Many of our new players also suggest that having a handicap makes one feel like a real golfer.  For most competitions, we allow higher handicap players to participate, but they must play at a maximum of 40.4.  The exceptions are the Chapter Championship Stroke Play division and the Championship Cup Match Play division.  A player must be 40.4 or below to compete.  Chapter Championship Scramble Teams may include players with an index of 40.4 or higher.  The same requirement of 40.4 maximum applies.

What do I need to establish a handicap?

To set up a handicap, collect information on five or more 18-hole rounds you've played.  Some may be 9-hole rounds as long as they equal five 18-hole rounds.  If you are using the GolfNet system, you will establish service and post scores at www.lpgaamateurs.com.  Following member log in, click on My Handicap on the left.  For AGA service, go to www.awga.org  join the LPGA Amateurs Tucson Chapter club online, then, establish your egolf bag page to post scores, etc.

Which service should I choose?

Beginning January 1, 2020, the handicap benefit through LPGA Amateurs will be eliminated. Fortunately, the LPGA Amateurs Tucson Chapter is a member with the Arizona Golf Association. The cost is $30 annually. To establish a handicap with the Arizona Golf Association, contact our handicap chair, Sandi Rabrich at srabrich@gmail.com


Feature AWGA Handicap
managed by the Tucson Chapter
(will be eliminated January 1, 2020)
Official USGA Handicap Yes Yes
Cost $30 per year Included in LPGA Amateurs membership
Allows posting scores at course Yes No
Allows posting scores on-line Yes
Login at AWGA.org site
Login at lpgaamateurs.com site
Allows playing in State Medallion & other Arizona Women's Golf Association events Yes No
Allows tracking of hole-by-hole information & overall progress No Yes
Other Requires yearly renewal (December)

Some local courses not yet listed, but they have added the ability to enter course data and other tees.


What if I have handicap thru another organization?

If you have a USGA Handicap through another golf organization it can be used for all LPGA Amateurs competition events except the AWGA State Medallion series.  To participate in the Medallion, you must hold your handicap with EWGA Club of the AWGA, or be a dual member within the AWGA.  Questions? Contact Sandi Rabrich at srabrich@gmail.com 

Excerpts from the AWGA website on handicaps:

The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf enjoyable by enabling golfers of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. A golfer begins with a USGA Handicap Index and converts that to a Course Handicap based upon the Slope Rating of the golf course being played.

The handicap calculated reflects a golfer's "potential" ability to play the game. With this in mind, the system disregards unusually high holes played or high rounds posted. One of the basic premises of the USGA system is that golfers will try to make the best score they can on each and every round they play. They will also post every acceptable round for peer review.

How Do I Join The Two Club?

The Two Club is a golf group that anyone can join. The only requirement for membership is that a gross “2” is scored while playing with a Two Club member or members.

  1. Score a gross “2” (usually a birdie on a par 3) AND ASK if anyone is a member of the Two Club.
  2. If so, pay each Two Club member $1.00. You are then a member for life.
  3. Once a Two Club member, whenever you score a “2”, you must ask if anyone in the group is a Two Club member. If there are any, EACH person owes you $1.00. Thereafter, if you are playing with someone who scores a “2”, you either receive $1.00 from them, if they wish to join, or YOU pay them $1.00 if they are already a member.
  4. If you score a “2” on a hole and ARE NOT playing with a Two Club member, YOU CANNOT JOIN THE CLUB yet.

When you have joined, contact Sandi Rabrich at srabrich@gmail.com and she will give you a “2 club” pin to display proudly on your golf bag!