GGG aims to encourage and support beginners and improvers, and to give you the opportunity to have some fun with other girl golfers. When you first begin to play golf, you will probably be having lessons and hitting golf balls on a practice ground. Then comes your first game on a golf course with family or friends, or with other juniors. At this point, you can enjoy playing golf with other girls of your own age and standard by coming to some GGG events and entering card marking competitions.
As you begin to improve, you will want to get a handicap. The junior organiser or handicap secretary at your golf club will tell you how to go about this when your golf is ready. To get a club handicap you need to play 9 or 18 holes of golf with someone who already has a handicap, so that they can mark a card for you. They will write down every shot you take on every hole, (including any air shots!). The club manages these handicaps.
Ask about your club’s policy to get a handicap. They should consider your cards from playing in the GGG pre-handicap 9 holes Card Marking competitions when you are ready to play these all off the red tees, as opposed to 150 yard markers for some holes. If so, make sure you hand in your marked and signed GGG cards to your club. Club handicaps can be from 37 – 54. Once you have a club handicap of 54 or less, you can enter the GGG Stablefords.
Then, as you improve, you will move on to a full CONGU handicap of 36 or less. CONGU is the national Body that manages handicaps of 36 or below for ladies. You can achieve this by reducing your club handicap to 36 by playing at your club following their guidelines in junior competitions or card marking, entering GGG competitions and Junior Opens. You may also submit three cards again in line with club regulations and marked by someone with a CONGU handicap. Your cards must meet the minimum score required by your club for the award of a 36 or below handicap.
At this stage you will be given a CDH number linking you to the Central Database of Handicaps system. This is very important and is needed on most entry forms. You should take the number to all events.
Once you have a CONGU handicap you should talk to your club Junior Organiser about playing in Junior and Ladies Competitions, Junior Opens and doing Supplementary Cards in order to reduce your handicap.