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A Golf Association of Philadelphia Blog
Two Different Handicap Accounts?
May 2, 2011Posted by on
With so many of our individual members holding a membership in multiple golf clubs, a frequent question we get here is how to handle a player with multiple handicaps. For instance, a player may be a member of two clubs that each use the GHIN system, but each one has assigned the player a different GHIN number. Or the player may be a member of a club in our area that uses GHIN, but also a member of a club in Florida or South Carolina that uses a handicap vendor like GolfNet. What should the player do in those cases? Well first, let’s emphasize this – the player should only have ONE handicap account. If you have two GHIN numbers, just notify your club or contact the GAP handicap department (610-687-2340, ext. 20) and we can merge the two numbers for you. If you have a GHIN number and then a separate handicap with a vendor like GolfNet, we can most likely link the scores using the International Golf Network (IGN). The IGN is set up to allow multi-member links between associations using different handicap vendors. For instance, if a player from the Golf Association of Florida uses GolfNet but also has a GHIN account through his club in our area, IGN enables us to link the scores from both systems so the player doesn’t have to post all of his scores twice (once on each system). The way this process works is that we put an IGN number for the player in our GHIN system, and the club in Florida puts a GHIN number in their system, and then once per week, the databases connect and share scores. Note that when you first create an IGN link, scores are only linked from that date forward, so no past scores will be carried over. If you ever have any questions about the multi-member linking process, just give us a call.