FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The Utah Golf Association has joined the United States Golf Association's Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN®), becoming part of the world's largest handicap computation service.
The Utah Golf Association (UGA) was founded in 1966 and serves 126 member clubs and more than 28,000 golfers in the state of Utah. In addition to providing communications, course rating and volunteer support services, the UGA conducts 12 annual championships, including the Utah State Amateur - first contested in 1899 and believed to be the longest continuouslyconducted annual golf competition in the world.
"The UGA is excited to bring the extensive products and services of GHIN to our membership in 2011 and beyond," said Reed McGregor, president of the UGA. "In speaking to several golf associations that currently utilize GHIN, we know our new supplier is positioned to be the premier member services provider, with many technological advancements, to organizations like the UGA."
"We are very pleased to have the Utah Golf Association become part of the GHIN service," said Christie L. Austin, chairman of the USGA's GHIN committee. "They had the opportunity to choose from different providers, and we think it speaks volumes about GHIN's product and service capabilities that they selected us to assist and support their member clubs and golfers. We look forward to helping the UGA serve the game of golf in Utah."
Started in 1981 at the request of state and regional golf associations, the GHIN service has grown to serve more than 12,000 golf clubs and more than 2 million golfers. It is an optional offering for clubs in meeting the requirements of the USGA Handicap System that allows all golfers to compete on a relatively equal basis.
About the USGA
The USGA is the national governing body of golf in the USA and Mexico. The USGA annually conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships. It also conducts two state team championships and helps conduct the Walker Cup Match, Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships.
The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, maintains the Handicap and Course Rating systems and celebrates the history of the game. Since 1983, the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program has awarded more than $31 million to more than 400 research projects for better turf and a better environment at universities across the country. The USGA also funds an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program, which has allocated more than $65 million over 13 years to programs that bring the game's values to youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
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