Archive for December 2012

eClubhouse Project Update

GHIN has spent the last few weeks cleaning up items found during the code review discussed last month. Since then, a few more significant flaws in the development methodology and design were discovered. These flaws needed to be resolved prior to beginning work on the 192 items Web Teks left us (not to mention additional items found during our review). We now only have 43 bugs remaining at this time. Read the rest of this entry »

THREE GOLF ASSOCIATIONS IN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA JOIN GHIN®

World’s Largest Handicapping Network Continues Growth

Far Hills, N.J. (December 19, 2012) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that  three golf associations in North Carolina and South Carolina will begin receiving support for their handicap operations from the Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN) beginning January 1, 2013.

The three associations – the Carolinas Golf Association, the South Carolina Golf Association and the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association – collectively serve more than 150,000 golfers and more than 650 golf clubs throughout the states of North and South Carolina. Founded in 1909, 1929 and 1949 respectively, the associations provide their members with a complete range of handicap, course rating and tournament services.

“GHIN is very proud to receive the recognition and support of these venerable golf associations,” said Gene McClure, chairman of the USGA’s GHIN Committee. “The GHIN service continues to grow both here in the U.S. and internationally, and we look forward to continuing to develop and implement innovative services as part of our strong commitment to the game and those who enjoy it.”

Developed in 1981 at the request of state and regional golf associations, the GHIN service has grown to become the largest handicap computation provider in the world, serving more than 2.3 million golfers representing 77 golf associations and nearly 14,000 golf clubs in 46 states, four U.S. territories and four 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.

“This starts a new chapter for the Carolinas Golf Association, and we are excited to become the 45th and 46th states in the U.S. with clubs using GHIN services,” said Jack Nance, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Association. “Having worked with the USGA in so many other areas, we are now pleased to join forces with them in this realm of handicapping and tournament services. The Carolinas has a wonderful combination of golfing residents and tourists, so the GHIN network should work nicely with all of these golfers.”

“In my 36 years as executive director this is the most proactive decision that our association has made,” said Happ Lathrop, executive director of the South Carolina Golf Association. “While we had a valuable existing partner for 22 years, we feel that joining GHIN services at this time assures us that our future in golf services will be safe in the hands of the ’protectors of the game.’”

“The WSCGA has an excellent and long-standing working relationship with the USGA,” said Linda Larkin, president of the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association. “We are very pleased that we are able to expand that relationship as we transition our member clubs to GHIN.”

GHIN Holiday Closing: December 24 – January 1

Although the USGA Offices are closed from Monday, December 24, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013, (reopening Wednesday, January 2, 2013) the GHIN Staff will be monitoring the GHIN Servers and communications throughout this time period, as well as preparing for the scheduled Revision Updates. If you encounter any issues that need immediate attention and need to be addressed before or after the revision period, please contact one of the following managers for assistance:

Kevin Hartigan – (908) 655-7427
Frances Nee – (908) 947-6110
Brian Bennicas – (610) 657-9123
Joe Cavallo – (732) 859-7931

All requests received by GHIN Production after 5:00 P.M.(EST.) on Friday, December  21, 2012 will be processed in the order in which they were received starting at 9:30 A.M.(EST.) on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Any Technical Support issues that are received after 7:00 P.M. (EDT) on Friday, December  21, 2012 will be processed in the order in which they were received starting at 8:30 A.M. (EDT) on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The on-line GHIN Help Desk and the Data On Demand Server will be available during this period, and they can be accessed at the following addresses:

http://helpdesk.ghinconnect.com

http://dataondemand.ghinconnect.com

Thank you and Happy Holidays,

The GHIN Staff

New! Year End Reports added to Data on Demand

GHIN is pleased to announce new report additions to Data on Demand, which may assist you with your yearend data requests. These reports are located in the “New! Year End Reports” folder in the shared reports area. A brief description of each report is listed below:

• Rounds Played at Club Report
This report will provide the number of rounds your association members played at a particular course. Scores from all posting methods are included in the report with the exception of any scores entered with manual Course and Slope Ratings.

• Handicap Index Report (JUNIORS ONLY)
This report is intended to find junior golfers in the association with the lowest Handicap Index for a specific revision date range. If you want to run the report for a specific revision, in the revision date select the desired revision date and then select a date in the future not to exceed the next actual revision date. As an example, if you want to find the lowest Handicap Index golfers for the December 1, 2012 revision date you would enter the dates 12/1/2012 – 12/05/2012. If you are searching for plus handicap golfers you must use the minus sign in the Handicap Index Range field. ONLY JUNIOR GOLFERS ARE INCLUDED.

• Handicap Index Report (NO JUNIORS)
This report is intended to find the non-junior golfers by gender in the association with the lowest Handicap Index for a specific revision date range. If you want to run the report for a specific revision, in the revision date select the desired revision date and then select a date in the future not to exceed the next actual revision date. As an example, if you want to find the lowest Handicap Index golfers for the December 1, 2012 revision date you would enter the dates 12/1/2012 – 12/05/2012. The gender field is case sensitive so please use capital F or M. If you are searching for plus handicap golfers you must use the minus sign in the Handicap Index Range field. NO JUNIOR GOLFERS ARE INCLUDED.

• Individual Golfer Rounds (JUNIORS ONLY)
This report allows the association to gather the total number of scores individual junior golfers have posted during a specified played date range. The list will include current active and inactive golfers that posted a score during the date range. ONLY JUNIOR GOLFERS ARE INCLUDED.

• Individual Golfer Rounds (NO JUNIORS)
This report allows the association to gather the total number of scores individual non-junior golfers have posted during a specified played date range. The list will include current active and inactive golfers that posted a score during the date range. The gender field is case sensitive so please use capital F or M. NO JUNIOR GOLFERS ARE INCLUDED.

eNewsletter Scheduling for 2013

During the week of December 17th we will be creating the 2013 eNewsletter schedule. Please look at the list below to make sure your association is properly listed. Read the rest of this entry »

GHIN Staff Announcement – December 6, 2012

As demand for new and enhanced products and services continue to grow,  we have also continued to review and adjust our internal structures that support these initiatives.  Overall coordination of GHIN development has become increasingly complex and has required that we augment staff and realign GHIN teams to facilitate the increased demand.

I’m very pleased to announce that we are formally merging the Project Management (Business Analysts) , Q/A and Development teams into one functional unit,  with Tony Cornetto assuming oversight for all GHIN development.  Tony’s new title will be Assistant Director & Enterprise Architect, GHIN Development.   Joe Cavallo will continue in his role as Manager, GHIN Project Management & Quality Assurance and will report directly to Tony.  Tony and Joe have always worked closely to support the GHIN development initiatives and engage in managing the total life cycle of development.

With the teams we have in place, this change will allow GHIN to manage development activities more aggressively end to end, ultimately allowing for many initiatives to be accelerated.  This new structure will also allow GHIN to move forward with a more balanced development model (30/45/25) where 30% is on maintaining and enhancements; 45% is new project development; 25% is on next generation/innovation.

For over 30 years GHIN has achieved a level of sustainability unmatched by others in the industry.  Evaluation and the recasting of various services and staffing efforts when needed have allowed us to continue to offer you the best service available.  This organizational change, along with ongoing staff augmentation to assist with accelerating development initiatives, will continue to position GHIN to focus on an innovative and customer driven environment.

 

 

 

 

GHP Web Reports Updated – Scheduled for December 4th, 2012

While the GHIN development team is hard at work in developing for major development initiatives, such as eClubhouse and TPP Online Clubs, we are also committed and dedicated to improving and enhancing our existing core products.  During our annual meeting in October and recommendations from the GHIN Steering committee, it was clear that GHP web Reports needed to be enhanced as an interim solution until GHIN and our SRGAs can define exactly what the best reporting solution will be for GHP Online.
So, our committee was tasked with defining modifications/additions to the existing GHP Web Reports solution that would meet the needs of the club user utilizing GHP Online exclusively without saturating GHIN development resources.
And they delivered…

This release encompasses our first pass through these recommendations, and while we still plan to add more functionality to meet the requirements of this interim solution, GHIN felt that the changes that have already been completed are worthy a release.  Highlights of this release include:

  • Control Font Size used through the report
  • Handicap Index / CH Report – available tees now include course/tees of the each of the combined clubs and anything identified as a “Home Course”
  • Added Local # as an additional field to most reports.

To see a complete list of Release Notes click HERE

NOTE:  when working with font sizes, specifically larger fonts be conscious that larger fonts will limited the number of columns that can be present on standard paper sizes.  So when using a 10pt font, you will be able to get more columns to display vs using say a 16pt font.

Web Reports: 2012 December 6th: Font Sizes

Handicap Index / CH Report – pick courses from all combined clubs
For associations that have combined clubs, we have enhanced the HI/CH report to provide the user with the ability to select tees from courses that are associated with all the clubs that are related/combined. (if they exist).  Additionally and any courses that are defined as “Home Courses” for each of the clubs are also available to select tees for CH computation.

Control Font Size used in Body of Reports
Gives users the ability to specify a larger font for the body of most reports.  Font sizes from 8pt to 16pt can be selected.  With this new ability to control the format of the report body, users will need to be more thoughtful about the number of data fields, number of report columns, and paper orientation used in a report.  Some combinations simply won’t fit on a given paper size or orientation.
Also now displays the point size in parentheses beside the header and footer font name to make it easier to select an appropriate report body font size.

Add Local Number as additional selection fields to Reports
Local Number has been added as an optional column that can be included on any Web Report.  Reports can also be sorted based on Local Number.

Rename “Posting Club” to “Course”
In the Scores Posted report, the previous labeled field “Posting Club” has since been renamed “Course” to better defined the values within that column.

Header Not Centered on Scores Posted Report
Fixed a problem with the centering of the secondary report header text on the Scores Posted Report and the Club Address Report.

Exporting Club Roster Report Using Larger Font Size
Fixed a problem with the “Export” paper size where some of the rightmost data fields in the report were not being included in the export.  This affected the Internet Scores Report, the Club Roster Report, the Local Number Report, and the Rounds Posted Report.