As the year winds down, we would like to remind you of the score posting and handicap update policies of the Washington State Golf Association. Much like most of the Golf Associations located in the northern part of the country, the WSGA observes a period (commonly referred to as Inactive Score Posting Period, or Winter Freeze) where scores from rounds played from within the boundaries of the Association are never acceptable for handicap purposes. That period runs from November 15 to the last day of February. Listed below, you will hopefully find some helpful tips on score posting and handicap updates.
1) Scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the WSGA between March 1 and November 14 may be posted at any time, including during our Inactive Score Posting Period.
2) Scores from rounds played within the boundaries of the WSGA between November 15 and the last day of February are never to be posted for handicap purposes. While a number of our Member Clubs do use our off-season score-posting program, those scores reside only on the Member Club's computer and are never to be transmitted to GHIN. The WSGA does monitor scores posted during our Inactive Score Posting Period and if we find scores posted at GHIN that should not be posted, we will remove them from the member's scoring record.
3) During the entire year, scores from rounds played in an area that is still accepting scores for handicap purposes should be posted as soon as practicable. The preferred method of score posting is immediately following the round at the course where the round was played. So, if you play in Arizona, California, Hawaii, etc. during the winter, those scores should be posted as soon as practicable as they will be used in your next handicap update.
4) The USGA Handicap Indexes of all active WSGA Members are updated on the 1st and 15th of every month throughout the entire year, including during our Inactive Score Posting Period.