Announcements

USGA TM Association Features Released

As many of you saw this morning, key player profile, event registration, season points and team matches features were released this morning to your USGA Tournament Management Association sites.

While we recognize this does not included all of the needed functionality, we do believe this is a great step forward to prepare for the complete transition from TPP Association to USGA TM Association.

We strongly encourage you to begin reviewing and testing these features and provide feedback to your account managers if the features are not operating as expected.

To better assist you with validating and using the new features, a test environment is now available for your use. Any staff members with a login account on the production site will be able to log in to the test site, www.ggstest.com, with the same credentials.

Your association test club on GHP has been loaded with various golfers to aid in your testing and evaluation process. The golfers are a mix of men, women, juniors, low Handicap Index, higher Handicap Index and seniors. These golfers can be used to simulate the golfer experience when creating a profile and registering for an event.

A few items of note on the test site:

The following information can be used to simulate the credit card process.

  • Set up the following AFS credentials on your Test Account:
    • API Key       3fbD6U9732T9kqUWg2rM4QFJ8WuBF76T
    • Username   GolfGeniusTEST
    • Password    ggsusga1
  • Test Credit Card information to process transactions:
    • Visa                           4111111111111111
    • MasterCard             5431111111111111
    • Discover                   6011601160116611
    • American Express  341111111111111
    • Expiration Date      Any Future Date
    • CVV                           Any 3 Numbers (4 Digits for American Express)
    • Billing Address       Any Address
  • All email settings have been disabled.
  • Score posting has been disabled
  • The test environment will be accessible until January 12, 2018.

The test environment is a copy of your production site from the mid-November time frame. Any activities done in the test site do not impact your production association site.

For detailed information on the features released today, please refer to the product email release sent this morning or log into USGA Tournament Management, www.golfgenius.com/users/usga/sign_in, and view the release notes.

Over the next 8 weeks, additional features and functionality will be released to the USGA TM Association site. Be on the lookout for the following releases:

  • January – Text messaging
  • February – Multi-Event Registration, Membership Programs, Donations, Invitation Lists and Team Match Playoffs

We are excited to have you start implementing these features as we continue the process to phase out TPP.

If you have any questions, please contact your account managers or the GHIN support team.

 

Weekend Support Contact Information

For assistance from GHIN Support, please call (908) 625-2210 or email ghinsupport@usga.org. We are on call from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

GHIN Widget Changes

Over the past year, we have seen increased scraping of data through the GHIN handicap widgets. At times this has forced us to disable different independent services so as to not impact core GHIN services.

In order to minimize risk going forward, we will be making modifications to the GHIN handicap widgets on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  We will be removing the functionality of the Email Update widget which will impact GHIN.com and any of your association sites using the widget.

We reached out this week directly to all 26 associations that are either using the Email Update widget or link to GHIN.com for that service and requested that you remove that feature. We have also removed the Update Email prompt from your mobile app display. Please note, the functionality to prompt golfers to update their email via the kiosk is still an option and will be supported throughout 2018. In addition, if you have a listing of email addresses you would like to send to GHIN for uploading to the golfer profiles, we will be happy perform that task.

IMPORTANT:

  • The score posting and handicap lookup widgets are not impacted by this change.
  • None of the TPP widgets will be impacted.
  • None of the APIs used by VASP or ADAs will be impacted.

We thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions, please contact support at ghinsupport@usga.org or (800) 940-8535 x1.

 

USGA Product Update June Recap

In June we held our third product update call for 2017. There was a lot of important information shared with attendees with respect to our priorities for 2018, initiatives we are working on in 2017 and what products will be decommissioned starting in January.

For those who were not able to attend, please click HERE to read the high level recap of what was shared on the call. In addition, there is one item below to further update you on since the call took place:

• With regard to the transition, the USGA is reviewing all alternatives available for the transition from current GHIN applications to the new platform. Once determined, it will be communicated well in advance to SRGA staff to plan accordingly.

A similar message has already been shared with the Executive Director’s at your associations.

If you have any questions, please contact Fran Nee, fnee@usga.org or 908.326.1837.

USGA Product Update April Recap

Earlier in the month we held our second product update call for 2017. There was a lot of important information shared with attendees with respect to our priorities for 2018, initiatives we are working on in 2017 and what products will be decommissioned starting in January.

For those who were not able to attend, please click HERE to read the high level recap of what was shared on the call. In addition, there are two items to further update you on since the call took place:

 

  • Starting in 2018, a junior will be defined as anyone under the age of 19 as long as a valid birthdate is part of the golfer profile. The USGA will not charge a fee for these golfers as long as the conditions are met. This helps to align more closely with the requirements for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
  • A survey will begin to be distributed to users of USGA Tournament Management who have been active for at least 60 days. Users will randomly be selected no sooner than every 180 days and asked a simple question, “How likely are you to recommend USGA Tournament Management?”. This will help us to understand the acceptance within the golf club community and will allow users to point out specific areas where they might be struggling. We will then be able to alert the golf association as to who might need additional assistance using the software.

A similar message has already been shared with the Executive Director’s at your associations.

If you have any questions, please contact Fran Nee, fnee@usga.org or 908.326.1837.

2017 Score Posting Season

As the score posting season begins for many of you, we want to take a moment to assure you the USGA understands the importance of providing a reliable service to your golf clubs and golfers alike. Throughout the off season (for most of you) we have continued our regular maintenance schedule as best practices dictates.

We do recognize there are some constraints within our current technologies and find it necessary to take action to prevent the core of our services from being impacted. The procedure to place GHP Golfer (kiosk) into offline mode will continue this year. For the remainder of 2017 if necessary, GHP Golfer (kiosk) will be placed offline (cache) which means members will still be able to post scores at their home course and the scores will be held until the evening when we put the service back online. Any guests attempting to post a score at the club will be directed to post via the GHIN mobile app or GHIN.com. Should other actions become necessary, we will communicate that out to the SRGAs.

The message a member will receive when posting in offline mode is:

Your score has been saved.

The GHIN score posting kiosk is now in offline mode. During this time, member scores can still be posted, and will transmit to the GHIN server tonight.

We thank you for your understanding as we focus our efforts on updating and improving our technology services. A similar message has already been shared with the Executive Director’s at your associations.

If you have any questions, please contact Fran Nee fnee@usga.org or 908.326.1837.

USGA Product Update Meetings

Starting February 13 & 15, 2017 we will be hosting bi-monthly update webinars open to all SRGA staff who subscribe to the GHIN Services. The objective of these sessions is to provide information on the USGA Product portfolio including USGA Tournament Management, Course Ratings application, new Admin portal, Golfer web/app/kiosk and API services such as VASP and ADAs.

Each session will be scheduled for 90 minutes to allow for the presentation of materials and opportunity for questions and answers. Monday sessions will be held at 11:00 am EST and repeated on Wednesday at 2:00 pm EST to accommodate multiple time zones.

We ask that you sign up individually for each session you would like to attend. Please click on the REGISTRATION LINK and select the desired session(s).

 

2017 USGA Product Update Meeting Schedule

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Month Monday 11:00 am EST Wednesday 2:00 pm EST
February 13 15
April 3 5
June 5 7
August 14 16
October 2 4
December 11 13

 

A brief agenda will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the meeting.

We hope that you will make this a priority to attend these webinars to stay informed. 2017-2018 will be exciting years as we look to improve the user experience for the golfer and provide SRGAs tools and actionable insights to drive golfer retention and increased participation in the game.

If you have any questions, please contact support at ghinsupport@usga.org or (800) 940-8535 x1.

USGA Tournament Management – Important December Updates

As you prepare to introduce USGA Tournament Management to your clubs next week, there are a few reminders and information we would like to share with you.

In summary:

  • Product names will be changed to USGA TM Club, USGA TM Club Premium, USGA TM Association ahead of the January 3rd rollout.
  • The premium onboarding fee ($300) will be waived through March 31, 2017 to ensure that SRGAs have time to plan and communicate this to member clubs and to provide an incentive to clubs who upgrade in Quarter 1 2017 .
  • Standard upgrade pricing ($2500/yr for facilities up to 27 holes) has now been expanded ($2500/yr for facilities up to 36 holes).
  • USGA TM terms of use will be deployed shortly before January 3, 2017.  At that point, all users (SRGA staff and club officials) will be required to review/accept the terms of use upon their next login to the application.
  • Member clubs will be loaded by January 3rd (for any SRGAs who have completed the training requirements and submitted a comprehensive list of member clubs).
  • As a reminder, existing Golf Genius customers will be migrated to USGA TM upon their next renewal date.  Golf Genius will continue to provide Level 1 support for a period of time.  Revenue share payments will begin when Level 1 support is transitioned to the SRGA.
  • Upgrades from USGA TM Club to USGA TM Club Premium will be a manual process initially.

Please take a moment to fully read all of the details about the reminders and information using the link below and share with any additional staff as needed.

USGA TM December Reminders and Important Information

If you have any questions, please contact your Golf Genius account manager or USGA support, (800) 940-8535 x1 or ghinsupport@usga.org.

USGA Tournament Management Resource Material

As a follow up to the GHIN Users’ Meeting and subsequent training sessions, we have posted some information on the USGA Info Portal relating to the USGA Tournament Management program. You can find these documents at http://infoportal.usga.org and selecting the menu item USGA Tournament Management on the left hand column within the GHIN tab.

Beyond the original FAQ sheet we provided with the announcement of USGA Tournament Management back in August, we have compiled a new list of FAQs which came out of the GHIN Users’ meeting. Please take a moment to review the information found HERE.

Available documents on the Info Portal:

  • FAQ Set 2
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USGA Tournament Management logo
  • 2016 GHIN Users’ Meeting binder

We have further broken down the GUM binder into separate documents to be able to easily digest this information section by section. These sections include:

  • Coverage Map and Contact List
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Fundamentals and Terminology
  • List of Guides
  • Product Matrix
  • Spotlight on Common Club Tournament Formats
  • SRGA Support Guide
  • Technical Requirements
  • USGA Tournament Management
  • USGA Tournament Management PREMIUM

We will continue to add material and information which will inform, enable and support the SRGAs as they adopt USGA TM for their own use and roll out to their member clubs.

If you have any questions, please contact Support at ghinsupport@usga.org or (800) 940-8535 x1.

2016 GHIN Awards & Survey Results

We are pleased to announce at the 2016 GHIN Users’ Meeting the following associations were recognized for their outstanding service and membership growth. Congratulations to the winners!

Service Awards

Best GHIN service for a large association: Arizona GA

Best GHIN service for a medium association: Metropolitan Amateur GA

Best GHIN service for a small association: Kansas Women’s GA

 

Growth Awards

Most growth for a large association: Northern California GA

Most Growth for a medium association:  Kansas City GA

Most Growth for a small association: Indian Golf Union

All of the associations are to be commended for your service to the member clubs and golfers within your SRGA.

The feedback provided by your club officials is now available on the info portal in your association folder.

If you have any questions, please contact Support at (800) 940-8535 x1 or ghinsupport@usga.org.