World’s Largest Handicapping Network Continues Growth
Far Hills, N.J. (December 19, 2012) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that three golf associations in North Carolina and South Carolina will begin receiving support for their handicap operations from the Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN) beginning January 1, 2013.
The three associations – the Carolinas Golf Association, the South Carolina Golf Association and the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association – collectively serve more than 150,000 golfers and more than 650 golf clubs throughout the states of North and South Carolina. Founded in 1909, 1929 and 1949 respectively, the associations provide their members with a complete range of handicap, course rating and tournament services.
“GHIN is very proud to receive the recognition and support of these venerable golf associations,” said Gene McClure, chairman of the USGA’s GHIN Committee. “The GHIN service continues to grow both here in the U.S. and internationally, and we look forward to continuing to develop and implement innovative services as part of our strong commitment to the game and those who enjoy it.”
Developed in 1981 at the request of state and regional golf associations, the GHIN service has grown to become the largest handicap computation provider in the world, serving more than 2.3 million golfers representing 77 golf associations and nearly 14,000 golf clubs in 46 states, four U.S. territories and four 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.
“This starts a new chapter for the Carolinas Golf Association, and we are excited to become the 45th and 46th states in the U.S. with clubs using GHIN services,” said Jack Nance, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Association. “Having worked with the USGA in so many other areas, we are now pleased to join forces with them in this realm of handicapping and tournament services. The Carolinas has a wonderful combination of golfing residents and tourists, so the GHIN network should work nicely with all of these golfers.”
“In my 36 years as executive director this is the most proactive decision that our association has made,” said Happ Lathrop, executive director of the South Carolina Golf Association. “While we had a valuable existing partner for 22 years, we feel that joining GHIN services at this time assures us that our future in golf services will be safe in the hands of the ’protectors of the game.’”
“The WSCGA has an excellent and long-standing working relationship with the USGA,” said Linda Larkin, president of the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association. “We are very pleased that we are able to expand that relationship as we transition our member clubs to GHIN.”