Posting Scores From Anywhere
I am often asked how one goes about posting scores outside the region or outside the state.
It all depends.
Much of the rest of the country subscribes to the same handicap service that we do (GHIN). When playing in such a state, you simply activate the Guest Score Posting feature appearing on the score posting screen and then enter your NCGA/GHIN number when prompted. The only difference in your GHIN posting experience outside Northern California is that here the computer will recognize your number and display your name and current Handicap Index. This is because you are a member of the NCGA and we want this information displayed to confirm that you are entering a score into the correct scoring record.
Outside the NCGA, the screen will not recognize your number and will not display your name. Instead, you will need to type in your last name as a form of verification. When the score makes its way back to GHIN, it will be accepted or rejected based upon a perfect match between your number and last name as registered with GHIN. Once these formalities are out of the way, you record your score, confirm the correct tees and date, etc.
How about score posting in areas that subscribe to a different handicapping service such as Southern California or Arizona?
Many inquirers are surprised to learn that the process of posting scores from these areas is nearly as simple.
Though the screen shots and terminology may appear different, all such programs will include a reference to Guest, or Visitor or Non-Member posting. Activate such a feature and look for a reference to IGN identified by the following logo:
IGN (International Golf Network) allows for the exchange of scores between golf associations that subscribe to different handicapping services. It was brought about by the desire to allow for the quick and convenient posting of scores immediately following play at the course regardless of handicapping service or location.
When posting on unfamiliar screens, again, activate some sort of Guest/Visitor or IGN feature. When prompted, identify yourself as a member of the NCGA, enter your NCGA/GHIN number and last name and then input the scoring details. Due to transmission schedules that vary by state, it may take a little longer for the score to make it to your home club, but the score will arrive.
But IGN doesn’t stop there.
If you are a snowbird and reside in Southern California or Arizona for much of the winter, contact the NCGA with your southern handicap identification number and we will cross-register it with your NCGA/GHIN record. We will likewise contact your southern association and provide them with your number here. Once fully cross-registered, a single score posting to either of your records will result in the score being routed both north and south.
If you find the unfamiliar screens too daunting and your club permits Internet Score Posting (all but a handful do), you always have the option of logging onto the NCGA website to post your scores.
Besides Northern California, all or parts of the following states or regions subscribe to GHIN.