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Obviously everyone needs at least five user scores to initially establish a handicap. After that, we expect people to keep putting in their user scores from their personal rounds. You do not need to add your tournament rounds, as they will be automatically included after the Chapter Leader puts in the results. The site will then take your most recent rounds, regardless of whether they're tournament scores or user entered, to calculate your handicap. We use the standard USGA formula for calculating the handicaps. That's about the only standard thing we do here at the MGA. Read more about it here if you're interested. Bottom line is, the more scores you have in there, the more accurate and fair your handicap will be.
Penalty strokes are used to bring good players back to mediocre scores. No one in the MGA gets strokes taken off their score, only added.
All players with handicaps better than 18 will have penalty strokes added to their tournament scores to offset their superhuman golfing capabilities. The number of penalty strokes added at each event is determined by their current handicap on the morning of the tournament.
The amount of penalty strokes a player carries is calculated by rounding their handicap up from .5 and down from .4, then subtracting that number from 18. (ex. Handicap of 15.4 rounds down to 15, so 18-15=3 penalty strokes) This is automatically calculated on you MGAtour.com profile. You must have at least 5 scores in to calculate a handicap and the more scores you put in, the more accurate it will be.
If your handicap is not considered valid as described above, you will not be able to enter any MGA events on the website. Stop being a sandbagger and get a couple old scores in! It's really not that hard.
NO MATTER HOW MANY PENALTY STROKES YOU ARE CARRYING, A 79 OR BETTER WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM ANY MGA EVENT. WHY? ARE YOU REALLY ASKING WHY? BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY SHOOTING IN THE 70'S IS NOT MEDIOCRE AND YOU SHOULD BE PRACTICING FOR THE NEXT WEB.COM TOUR MONDAY QUALIFIER INSTEAD OF CLUBBING BABY SEALS IN THE MGA.
A member can only play as a competitor in one of each event per year, eg. only one F.U. Open; this keeps people from double dipping on the money list. But if there is another chapter nearby and that member is addicted to golf, they can now play that same event a second time, registered as a Guest Player. Guest Players will show up on the entry list and in the foursomes, but will not appear in the results of the event and are not eligible for any prizes or payouts from the event.