Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a handicap?

Simply put, handicaps create a level playing field. They allow less experienced golfers to compete with better golfers by “giving strokes” to the less experienced golfers. Handicaps also allow you to track your scoring history as well as determine how well you actually played. Since every course and every different set of tees provide a different playing experience, sometimes it’s hard to tell how well you played in comparison to other rounds at different venues. If you play on the same course and same set of tees every time, a handicap might not be helpful in this aspect. However, if you play multiple courses or switch up the tees, you can use a Course Handicap Calculator to determine if you played at, above, or below your handicap. In the competitive scene, you can use this calculator to determine how many strokes you would be allowed playing against people with unmatched playing levels.

To begin establishing your own handicap, register for a SIGA Membership through a local SIGA Member Club.

For more information on handicaps, click here.

Why do I need a SIGA Membership?

Signing up for membership in the Southern Illinois Golf Association entitles you to establish a USGA Handicap. Members will get a handicap revision sent to their email the 1ST and 15TH of each month with their most recent scoring history. An SIGA Membership also automatically enrolls you in the Player of the Year points competition. In addition, having an SIGA Membership also makes you eligible to compete in the SIGA Championship, the longest running amateur tournament in Illinois.

To sign up for an SIGA Membership, fill out this form and mail to the SIGA. You can also join the SIGA through the website and pay with a credit card by joining the SIGA Eclub. Be sure to include your home address and email address to enjoy all the benefits of a USGA/SIGA Membership. For a complete listing of SIGA Member Clubs, click here.

What is the SIGAJGT?

The Southern Illinois Golf Association Junior Golf Tour is open to all Boys and Girls ages 10-18. There will be multiple players of the year based on the different age groups. Age divisions for boys and girls will be:

  • 10-11 years
  • 12-13 years
  • 14-15 years
  • 16-18 years

In order to earn points, each junior must become a member of the Junior Golf Tour Players Association by signing up to become an SIGA member through their local club and completing an application for JGT membership. Points will be awarded for the top 15 finishes in each age division at every sanctioned tournament after the junior has joined the Players Association. The SIGA will host a season-ending Player’s Championship to conclude the season in August. For a complete listing of tournaments and for more information concerning the SIGAJGT, click here.