Since the GAM announced in October that it was joining the ranks of some 79 other state and regional golf associations by adopting the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) software system, we have had a lot of questions from our members. I wanted to take time today to answer some of the questions I’ve received from various members as I am certain many other members might also be looking for answers to those very same questions.
The transfer to GHIN begins Jan. 1, 2018!
Q: If I already have a GHIN number in another state, will I have the same GHIN number with GAM?
A: Yes. If you have already been previously linked through the IGN, you do not have to do anything. We are already aware of your GHIN number and will make sure you have the same GHIN number here. But if you have a GHIN number and have not been linked or are not sure if you have been linked, please contact the GAM at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your name and GHIN number. This will help insure that you have the correct GHIN number in January.
Q: So, does the GHIN number replace my current GAM number?
Q: Will my score history transfer over to GHIN?
A: We will be transferring the most recent 2 years of score history. If you have posted less than 25 scores over the past two years, we will transfer your most recent 25 scores. Keep in mind the USGA only considers your most-recent 20 scores when calculating your Handicap Index.
Q: Does this mean www.gam.org is going away?
A: Absolutely not! You will still go to the GAM web site and log in to post scores, enter tournaments, sign up for GAM Golf Days and the link. The difference will be that when you go to the score posting area, things will just look a little different.
Q: Will I keep my same user name and password for my login at www.gam.org?
A: Yes, you will keep your same login you have always used for the GAM web site.
Q: Will I still be able to post at the kiosk at my club?
A: If your home club has a kiosk, you will still have that posting option. Much like with the GAM web site, the display will just look different.
Q: When I post scores from Florida, I use the GHIN app. Will I be able to use that to post my GAM scores too?
A: Yes, you will also have the added option of using the GHIN app to post your scores.
Q: How soon after the Jan. 1 transition will I be able to post scores?
A: The transfer of scores will begin Jan. 1 and we expect it to be completed no later than Jan. 8.
Q: How will I know when the process is completed and I am able to post scores?
A: You will receive an email with your GHIN number, your current Handicap Index, and score posting information.
Q: Will I still get my E Revision email on Jan. 1?
A: No, that “Welcome to GHIN” email with your GHIN number, Handicap Index and posting information that will arrive the first week of January will take the place of your regular E Revision email. The regular E Revision schedule will resume on Jan. 15.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about GHIN?
A: Email email@example.com
If you did not see your question here or simply would like to interact with us about the transition to GHIN or any other matters affecting #GAMNation, please follow us on Twitter at @OfficialGAM and like the GAM Facebook page. We are planning some live chats on Twitter about the transition and we have been posting regular “question and answer of the day” items on both Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, make sure you read your E Links Newsletter (the next issue will be on Dec. 19) for more information on the upcoming transfer to the GHIN software system.