• USGA Member Live Chat:
    Celebrate the Handicapping Department’s Centennial
    The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. The System provides a fair Course Handicap for each player, regardless of ability, and adjusts a player's Handicap Index up or down as the player's game changes. At the same time, the System disregards high scores that bear little relation to the player's potential ability and promotes continuity by making a Handicap Index continuous from one playing season or year to the next. A Handicap Index is useful for all forms of play, and is issued only to individuals who are members of a licensed golf club. So, as a special Members-only benefit, we will host a live chat, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST), October 11, with USGA Handicapping expert Kelly Reilly!

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Kelly Reilly

Kelly Reilly
Coordinator, Handicap Department

Kelly Reilly has been a coordinator for the USGA Handicap Department since 2014. She assists with responding to the roughly 8,000 inquires received by the handicapping department each year. Reilly played collegiate golf at Monmouth University. Her USGA Handicap Index is 7.6.

How to Submit a Question

The process for posting your question is simple. Please enter your question. Shortly before the chat goes live at 1:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, August 11, you will be able to log in. The question will be reviewed and, if accepted, you will see it be posted – and answered – on the page. All questions will be reviewed. When a question is accepted, or rejected, you will be free to post another question.