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The United States Golf Association (USGA) is pleased to announce that the Asociacion de Golf de Panama has adopted the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN). 

Asociacion de Golf de Panama, founded in 1972, represents 11 golf clubs and more than 2,000 golfers countrywide. As one of 32 national golf organizations outside of the U.S. licensed to use the USGA Handicap System™, Panama now becomes part of the handicap computation services provided to state and regional associations through the USGA. With GHIN, golfers in Panama will now be able to post scores via the GHIN mobile app and club officials will have advanced tools to manage and analyze their club member data.

In addition to joining GHIN, it was announced in January that Panama City’s Club de Golf de Panama will host the 2017 Latin America Amateur Championship. These two steps are evidence of the desire of the association to continue the growth of the game and inspire interest in golf within the country.

About GHIN

Developed in 1981 at the request of state and regional golf associations, the USGA’s GHIN service is the largest handicap computation provider in the world, serving more than 2.3 million golfers from 84 golf associations, federations and unions that collectively represent more than 14,000 golf clubs in 47 U.S. states, as well as the Bahamas, Bermuda, China, the Dominican Republic, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Sri Lanka. 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. 

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 60 countries.

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