13 June 2008
What's your GHIN?
We've all heard of private or venture capital companies doing due diligence on the companies in which they are interested in investing. And we probably are convinced that these financial firms are careful enough to do due diligence on the principals of the company. But did you ever think they would check out your golf handicap? Guess what? They do!
I recently found a private equity company as part of their diligence looking up the handicap (and finding out how often they play) of the principals of the company. This could be both interesting and damaging. What if you posted scores for the past two weeks, playing 4 or 5 times a week. Are they going to think about your office attendance? And what if your handicap is a 4? Are they going to believe that you are just a casual golfer?
I doubt that anyone makes a make or break decision based upon how good a golfer one of the principals is. However, it is easy for them to look you up on GHIN.com. All they need to know is your name and your state. If you have a posted GHIN account anyone can see it.
Golfers beware! :)