Archive for July 2012

TWO ARIZONA GOLF ASSOCIATIONS TO JOIN USGA’S GHIN® SERVICE

Far Hills, N.J. (July 26, 2012) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced today that two Arizona golf associations will adopt the USGA’s  Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN) for their handicap operations beginning Oct. 15, 2012.

Together, the Arizona Golf Association and the Arizona Women’s Golf Association represent approximately 80,000 golfers and more than 700 golf clubs statewide. The two associations also partner to manage the Arizona Handicap Network, or AzHN.

“There are many good reasons for the AzHN to subscribe to the USGA’s GHIN service,” said Mary Pomroy, executive director of the Arizona Women’s Golf Association. “The deciding factor in our choice to make this transition was GHIN’s progress over the last decade in the utilization of state-of-the-art technology. We are confident in the USGA’s commitment to the continued enhancement of the product offering within GHIN, and to supporting the needs of state and regional golf associations.”

“We have been very impressed with the progress GHIN has made in adopting an online handicap service program that meets all of our needs,” said Ed Gowan, executive director of the Arizona Golf Association. “The seamless integration with other GHIN associations is important to our clubs, many of which have members in other associations.”

Developed in 1981 at the request of state and regional golf associations, the USGA’s GHIN service has grown to become the largest handicap computation provider in the world, serving more than 2.1 million golfers representing 73 golf associations and more than 12,700 golf clubs in 43 states, 4 U.S. territories and 4 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.

“The USGA is proud of the increasing recognition and support for GHIN that national and international golf associations are delivering,” said Gene McClure, chairman of the USGA’s GHIN Committee. “The GHIN service has become a true global handicap and member service provider, and we look forward to continuing to develop and implement innovative services as part of our strong service commitment to these associations.”

For more information on the USGA’s GHIN service, visit www.GHIN.com.

Web Ed: GHIN Mobile App – Customization & Functionality

GHIN is pleased to announce that the topic for the July’s Web Education (Web Ed) session will be on the functionality and customization options for the GHIN Mobile app which is available for both the Android and iOS platforms.
The two training sessions will be Monday, July 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. (EDT) and 2 p.m. (EDT).  This training will provide an overview of the customizable features that allows associations to align the product’s “look and feel” with the association’s branding strategy.  Particular attention will be paid to the enhanced Score Posting process and the various functions contained withing the Handicap section of the app.  Lastly, we will use examples to show how you can integrate tournament entry, a digital magazine, and other social networking aspects. The training will be presented by Carl Feryok, GHIN Technical Support Liaison.

If by chance you miss either of the training sessions, they will be recorded and made available on the USGA InfoPortal.

11 a.m. (EDT) Session Link
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/747917039

2 p.m. (EDT) Session Link
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/622643591

GoToWebinar Information
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

Production Database Upgrade – Completed

The upgrade to the new production database server has been completed, and all GHIN Services were restored by 11:00 AM EDT.

As we mentioned in the original Blog Post, maintenance on the Data on Demand Server was scheduled to begin immediately after the upgrade to the production database was completed. However, due to the complications with the production database upgrade, the Data on Demand database upgrade will be  performed at a later date. We will notify you before this maintenance is performed. 

Please contact the GHIN Technical Support Staff if you have any questions or if you are experiencing any issues with the GHIN Services. 

Again, thank you for your continued patience and commitment to the GHIN Service

Upgrade Notice:

We encountered an issue as the new database was being brought on line and  we are working with IBM to resolve.  We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.

GHIN Management

Reminder: Scheduled Maintenance Window – Monday, July 23, 2012

As a reminder, planned maintenance to bring the new production database server online will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 23. We anticipate completion on Monday, July 23 by approximately 9:00 am EDT. During the upgrade process, many of the GHIN services including GHP Transmissions, GHP Online, GHIN website score posting and Handicap lookup, and TPP Online registration will be unavailable.

To read the original Blog Post, click here: http://www.ghinblog.com/?p=2292 .

Again, thank you for your continued patience and commitment to the GHIN Service.

Scheduled Maintenance Window – Monday, July 23, 2012

As was reported on the May 9, 2012 Blog, work has been underway to bring the new production database server online ahead of schedule. We are pleased to announce all testing has been completed successfully and we are ready to put the server to use. This server is extremely robust, with eight times our current computing power and a high-end hard disk subsystem to provide faster response times and greater throughput. We have scheduled the production database upgrade to begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Monday, July 23 and anticipate completion on Monday, July 23 by approximately 9:00 am EDT. Read the rest of this entry »

GHIN Mobile App Release – Update

The GHIN Mobile App has been published to the Android Market and iTunes Store. As noted in the June 15th blog, once released in both markets, GHIN would post an article on GHIN.com introducing the product officially. This was done today. Read the rest of this entry »