For Immediate Release For Immediate Release
Date: October 25, 1996 Phone: 919.932.5934
Contact: Jim Justice Fax: 919.932.9813
NEW NATIONAL GOLF HANDICAP SYSTEM SWINGS ON-LINE
CHAPEL HILL, NC The National Golf Handicap Association (NGHA) today
announced the establishment of a national system for monitoring personal
golf handicaps. The newly formed NGHA system provides a timely
alternative to the USGA handicap system, which to date has denied golf
handicaps to individuals not affiliated with authorized golf clubs.
"There are thousands of individual golfers and members of small clubs
and leagues out there who have been denied the opportunity to have
approved golf handicaps," said James Justice, president of the NGHA.
"With the NGHA system, these men and women, who represent the majority
of U.S. golfers, can now have a legitimate, peer-regulated golf
Golfers are invited to visit the NGHA website, located at
http://GolfCap.com, to post scores from both 18-hole, as well as 9-hole
courses. Using the NGHA formula, these scores are used to calculate a
handicap which is then made available to all other golfers who subscribe
to the site. This practice is strictly forbidden by the USGA who stated
recently that the Internet could not be used by an individual to post
scores to its system.
"The USGA has brought a lot of great things to the game of golf ,"
remarked Justice. "We just decided to take the handicap system a step
further by bringing it into the hands of more people. The Internet is
the most sensible medium for maintaining a handicap system.Using the
GolfCap system, individuals can enter and review scores from home, at
work or while on vacation."
The NGHA not only allows players to post scores on-line, but encourages
the formation of local golf clubs and the practice of peer review within
these clubs. "Peer review" is a self policing mechanism which keeps
golfers honest when entering their scores. By starting NGHA clubs
on-line, individuals receive an NGHA "sanctioned" handicap as opposed to
the NGHA "personal" handicap received just by joining the system. "A
personal handicap is all most people will ever need," says Justice. "But
its nice to have the more stringent designation for those who want it."
The GolfCap.com site requires an $18 per year membership fee.
"Our long-term objective is to create a standard that will be recognized
at all tournaments, "says Justice. "And moreover, to promote the game of
golf by bringing a handicap system into the hands of all golfers."
All golfers are encouraged to access the NGHA web-site, located at