Northern Illinois Men's Amateur
Golf Association

NIMAGA - Northern Illinois Men's Amateur Golf Association

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NIMAGA

Handicap Rules

USGA HANDICAP

Handicaps of NIMAGA members are computed by our handicap service, Golf Handicap Network in accordance with the rules and standards of the United States Golf Association.  Handicaps will be computed on the Slope Index System.

Equitable Stroke Control - The following table will set the maximum score for ESC purposes under the new procedure:

Players Handicap Max. Score Posted On Any Hole
9 or less Double Bogey
10 - 19 7
20 - 29 8
30 - 39 9

For Example - A player with a USGA handicap of 21.6 plays a course with a slope of 120, resulting in a Course Handicap of 23. Under the new ESC procedure, that player is allowed a maximum score of 8 on any hole. There is no limit to the number of holes this player may reduce to 8 during the round.

NIMAGA TOURNAMENT HANDICAP

In an effort to establish and maintain parity in NIMAGA Tournaments a handicap policy has been established by the Board of Directors.  All members will have a NIMAGA Tournament handicap which will be calculated from participated NIMAGA Tournaments only.  The NIMAGA Tournament handicap will be posted on the web-site on the 1st and 15th of every month during the NIMAGA Tournament season.

In an effort to establish and maintain parity in NIMAGA Tournaments a handicap policy has been established by the Board of Directors. All members will have a NIMAGA Tournament handicap which will be calculated from participated NIMAGA Tournaments only. The NIMAGA Tournament handicap will be posted on the web-site on the 1st and 15th of every month during the NIMAGA Tournament season.

In addition to their USGA handicap, members will also carry a NIMAGA Tournament handicap. This NIMAGA Tournament handicap will be based solely on golf scores that are recorded in regular NIMAGA Tournaments including, Mid-Week Tournaments, the Senior Tournament and the NIMAGA Players Championship. The NIMAGA Tournament handicap is calculated at 96% and takes the best 3 scores of 6 tournaments played to establish the NIMAGA Tournament handicap. The member will use the lower of the two handicaps (USGA or Tournament) when playing in NIMAGA Tournaments.

REGISTERING GOLF SCORES

Each NIMAGA member will receive from Golf Handicap Network an explanation of the handicapping system and how to report their scores.

NIMAGA requires its members to report to Golf Handicap Network all of their adjusted golf scores (excluding those scores made in NIMAGA's Tournaments) which are played under conditions which permit the application of the rules of golf. This means that rounds of golf played anywhere at any time must be reported unless the round played under the conditions prohibiting the application of the rules of golf (e.g. snow, frozen turf, etc.). PLEASE NOTE: If you use other handicap services (e.g. CDGA, MyScorecard, USHandicap), you must also post your scores to that service. Golf Handicap Network scores ARE NOT posted to any other handicap service provider.

Important - Any member who does not appropriately report all of his properly adjusted golf scores (excluding scores made in NIMAGA Tournaments) to the handicapping service on a timely basis may be subject to penalties. The form of the penalty is at the discretion of the Board of Directors and may consist of expulsion from NIMAGA or loss of privileges to compete in NIMAGA Tournaments. Neither NIMAGA nor the handicapping service will certify a member's handicap unless it is based on current scores. Members should review the periodic handicap revision cards posted on the Golf Handicap Network website to be certain that all their scores have been received and properly recorded by the service.

Record your scores online with Golf Handicap Network by clicking HERE

Online - Report your scores online by going to the Golf Handicap Network website, https://www.golfhandicapnetwork.com/. Enter your Username and Password then click the Log In button. Under Post a Score click the 18 hole or 9 hole button, select the golf course you played, select the tees you played, select the date you played (it defaults to today's date), enter your Adjusted Total Score, then click the Submit button. Optionally, you may enter additional information such as hole-by-hole scores. REMEMBER DO NOT SUBMIT TOURNAMENT OR MPT SCORES. PLEASE NOTE: NIMAGA requires its members to turn in their scores on a timely basis. Scores must be turned in by 11:00pm on the day before each revision in order to appear on that date's revision.

REVISION DATES Click Here

Out of Season Golf Scores Guide lines

During the late fall and winter, the CDGA office receives many questions regarding the posting of scores when the Chicago District is out of season. Below are listed the score-posting rules and regulations:

The USGA Handicap System Manual states - Adjusted gross scores from all courses with USGA Course and Slope Ratings made during their active season, both at home and away, shall be posted by the player along with the appropriate USGA Course and USGA Slope Ratings. The active season in Chicago is April 1 - October 31.

- The last day of the NIMAGA official season is the last day that scores for rounds played at golf clubs in the Chicago District can be posted for handicap purposes.

- Rounds played after that date (no matter how good the weather might be) within our District or in any section of the country that is "off-season" are not acceptable for posting.

- If you spend the winter in a section of the country that is "in-season" (e.g., Florida, Arizona, Southern California, etc.), those scores are to be posted for handicap purposes.