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Two Arizona Golf Associations to Join USGA's GHIN® Service

Far Hills, N.J. (July 26, 2012) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced today that two Arizona golf associations will adopt the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN) for their handicap operations beginning Oct. 15, 2012.

Together, the Arizona Golf Association and the Arizona Women’s Golf Association represent approximately 80,000 golfers and more than 700 golf clubs statewide. The two associations also partner to manage the Arizona Handicap Network, or AZHN.

“There are many good reasons for the AZHN to subscribe to the USGA’s GHIN service,” said Mary Pomroy, executive director of the Arizona Women’s Golf Association. “The deciding factor in our choice to make this transition was GHIN’s progress over the last decade in the utilization of state-of-the-art technology. We are confident in the USGA’s commitment to the continued enhancement of the product offering within GHIN, and to supporting the needs of state and regional golf associations.”

"We have been very impressed with the progress GHIN has made in adopting an online handicap service program that meets all of our needs,” said Ed Gowan, executive director of the Arizona Golf Association. “The seamless integration with other GHIN associations is important to our clubs, many of which have members in other associations.”  

Developed in 1981 at the request of state and regional golf associations, the USGA’s GHIN service has grown to become the largest handicap computation provider in the world, serving more than 2.1 million golfers representing 73 golf associations and more than 12,700 golf clubs in 43 states, 4 U.S. territories and 4 foreign countries. GHIN is offered exclusively through state and regional golf associations, federations and unions as a service for their member clubs to assist in meeting the policies of the USGA Handicap System™, which enables all golfers to compete on a relatively equal basis.

“The USGA is proud of the increasing recognition and support for GHIN that national and international golf associations are delivering,” said Gene McClure, chairman of the USGA’s GHIN Committee. “The GHIN service has become a true global handicap and member service provider, and we look forward to continuing to develop and implement innovative services as part of our strong service commitment to these associations.”