The Golf Association of Philadelphia joins 73 state, regional and national associations in providing USGA's GHIN service to Member Clubs. More than 2.1 million golfers from more than 13,000 member clubs across the country have handicaps provided by the USGA's GHIN (Golf Handicap & Information Network) service. GAP/GHIN provides the following services:
- Computerized Handicap Service
- Internet score posting for Handicap purposes
- Tournament Pairing Program (TPP 2004)
Scores are entered on a club-provided computer either by the golfer or batch entered by the Handicap Chairman. Scores can also be entered via the Internet if the club has authorized internet score posting.
Scores are transmitted electronically from your club's computer to the GHIN system via an Internet connection or a phone line.
Scores of a GHIN golfer who plays at another GHIN club can be entered into GHIN at the site and routed by the system back to the golfer's home GHIN club.
Golfers may see their handicap record with all its detail, including USGA Handicap Index and Course Handicap. They may also view their "Trend" — the equivalent of a daily handicap.
A very important feature of GAP's Handicap Service is golfer inquiries. A GAP/GHIN club may obtain handicap information about any of the nearly 4.5 million golfers on the GHIN system. Verifying handicaps for member-guest and invitation tournaments is right at your fingertips.
Internet score posting for Handicap purposes
As long as your respective club authorizes Internet posting for its members, GAP/GHIN users will be able to post their scores on the Internet at www.ghin.com or here at www.gapgolf.org.
Although the USGA prefers users posting at their home club, as long as your club allows Internet posting, club members will be able to enter scores, to view their handicap and their 20 score history. If a golfer is a member of a club that allows it, scores can be posted directly to GHIN through www.ghin.com. The scores will immediately become part of the golfer's scoring record and will be at the club's handicap computer the next time it connects to the GHIN network.
Tournament Pairing Program ~ TPP 2004
Pairs players for up to six rounds of stroke play or as many as 64 players/teams per flight of match play. Newly introduced are Round Robin Integration, Stableford, and Chicago Quota Point System Competitions.
The names and handicaps of players may be copied from the handicap database, copied from another tournament or entered manually.
Basic course information, such as par, yardage and handicap stroke allocation per hole, Course Rating and Slope are manually entered for later use in scorecard preparation.
Pairings are made automatically by random, sum of net or gross scores of previous rounds, handicap, entry number, age or by equalizing the sum of the group's handicaps (ABCD).
The program prints pairings, score cards, cart signs, and starter's lists. Twenty tournaments may be stored and information may be copied from one to another.