Crunching the Numbers: Who Tracks Your Handicap Index? February 16, 2016 | FAR HILLS, N.J. By Kelly Reilly, USGA

It is good to check the numbers, but the handicapping committee determines your index. (USGA photo)

Q. Who has the responsibility of making certain that each member of a golf club has a Handicap Index® reflecting the player’s potential ability?

A. Many golfers believe that managing a player’s Handicap Index is the responsibility of the authorized State and Regional Golf Association, their golf professional, or even the USGA. In reality, this is a duty of every club's Handicap Committee. The Handicap Committee has the responsibility of making certain that each player has a Handicap Index reflecting potential ability. As noted in "The Handicap Committee" (Section 8) of the USGA Handicap System manual, the Handicap Committee within the golf club is responsible for all aspects of the USGA Handicap System™, including the computation of each member's Handicap Index. Please visit Section 8 of the USGA Handicap System Manual for further reference. (!rule-14385)

Kelly Reilly is a coordinator in the handicap and course rating administration for the USGA. If you have a question about handicapping, contact the Handicap Dept. at