Far Hills, N.J. (Jan. 24, 2014)
The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced that the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) has adopted the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN) for its handicap operations,
The LGA was founded in 1920 and represents approximately 16,000 golfers and more than 100 member clubs. In its early years, the LGA’s primary function was conducting the Louisiana State Amateur Championship. As the game grew, the LGA added six championships and moved from Monroe to the more centrally located Lafayette in 1994 to better serve its members.
“The Louisiana Golf Association is excited to join the majority of state and regional golf associations in utilizing the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network for our handicapping and tournament management operations,” said LGA executive director Carr McCalla. “The transition to GHIN has truly been seamless. The LGA/GHIN mobile app, which allows members to post a score via their phone, has already been hugely popular and we anticipate its popularity will only increase as more and more of our members become aware of its availability.”
The GHIN mobile app is available free via Google Play or the iTunes Store to any golfer who holds a USGA Handicap Index® issued by a state or regional golf association that subscribes to the GHIN service.
“Our championship department is utilizing the online Tournament Pairings Program (TPP) that is a part of the system and we anticipate that many of our clubs will also utilize online TPP for their local events,” said McCalla. “GHIN's staff has provided personnel to conduct webinars and seminars on all of GHIN's offerings and couldn't have been more accommodating during our transition.”
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 79 golf associations that represent more than 14,000 golf clubs in 47 states, plus Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Guam, Bermuda, Bahamas and India. 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.