England Golf Launches World Handicap System App
England Golf has today launched its innovative new app, My England Golf (MyEG), allowing golfers to stay up-to-date with their Handicap Index as part of the World Handicap System (WHS).
The app, available now to download for free in Apple and Google Play stores, follows on from the official transition on 2 November to the new WHS for the 1,800 golf clubs and 630,000 golfers across England.
England Golf has created the app to provide golfers with the ability to access their Handicap Index on the go, as well as to easily keep track of their overall playing record on a regular basis.
The Course Handicap calculator is another unique feature of the new My England Golf app.
This function will allow golfers to cross-reference their Handicap Index with whichever set of tees they will be playing from on a particular day, for any course in the country, in order to work out their Course Handicap.
There is also the opportunity to link up with fellow golfers all over England and follow their progress by creating a ‘Friends’ group.
The new app forms another part of England Golf’s extensive WHS education process, as the governing body of the amateur game in England continues to provide golfers with all the information and tools they need to understand the key elements related to the new WHS.
Commenting on the launch of the My England Golf app, England Golf’s Head of Handicapping & Course Rating, Gemma Hunter, said: “The My England Golf app will help golfers around the country to keep track of their new Handicap Index as it updates after every score is submitted. Using the calculator function through the app will also make it far easier and quicker for golfers to work out what their Course Handicap will be for a certain set of tees at a specific golf club on any given day.
“The team at England Golf is delighted to be able to bring this new app to golfers, and we are confident that it will make the transition from CONGU to the new WHS a much smoother and easier process for golfers around the country.”
Developed by The R&A and USGA, the WHS – for the first time – unites six handicapping bodies across the globe under one standardised system. This will allow handicaps to be truly portable as golfers will be able to use them on any golf course around the world, as well as make for a fairer and more equitable system of accurately calculating a golfer’s current playing ability.
The WHS was developed with consideration given to club golfers who play both sporadically and more regularly. It reduces the barriers of entry for golfers by allowing players of all abilities, who are members of a golf club, to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index; in addition it will allow them to compete, or play recreationally, on an equal basis with any other golfer regardless of where they play.
A golfer’s Handicap Index will be updated at the end of a day where a new score is submitted using an average of the eight best scores from their previous 20 rounds. This information will now be instantly available through the My England Golf app as well as the ‘My England Golf’ Platform on the England Golf website.
Golfers can find out further information about the new World Handicap System via the WHS pages on the England Golf website.
You can also receive WHS updates from England Golf on social media:
How to Convert your Handicap Index into a Playing Handicap.
The New World Handicap system comes into effect on the 2nd November. Please click on the video link below which explains how to convert your Handicap Index into a Playing Handicap.
(Your handicap Index will be updated at midnight every time you enter a score; the days of getting 0.1’s back and buffer zones have gone.)
Provisional World Handicaps.
There may be some abnormalities, particularly where 9 hole scores on the academy course have been entered, which we are looking into.
There are also a few cases where new Handicap Indexes have not been allocated due to problems with CDH numbers for recent new members and members who have recently changed Clubs. These cases have been identified and should be allocated by the 1st November.
(Some members also have not had enough recent cards in to qualify for a Handicap Index.)
After the completion of a competition round, a player has to submit their scorecard as soon as possible in order for their Handicap Index to be updated. Preferably, scores should be posted at the venue being played and on the same day, as this will be when a player’s Handicap Index will be updated. Posting of scores is possible by players utilising the technology available at their golf club.
For golfers playing in recreational rounds with friends, either in teams or pairs, even when there is no intention of submitting a score for handicap purposes, they will need to calculate their Course Handicap prior to their round.
|To: All affiliated golf clubs…….
In preparation for the launch of the World Handicap System (WHS), which draws ever nearer, we are now in a position to provide all clubs with the wording of the England Golf WHS privacy notice. At England Golf we take the principles of Data Protection very seriously. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use our members’ data, and this privacy notice is an important part of that commitment.
The England Golf WHS privacy notice has been provided to all those ISVs that have been licensed by CONGU to have access to the WHS platform in England and will be displayed by ISVs on their platforms.
In addition, clubs will need to take steps to ensure that you have informed all members of the privacy notice as part of your ongoing communications around WHS by 5 October 2020. We appreciate that clubs will have their own ways of communicating with members, but you may wish to publish the notice on your website, include a link in your club newsletter, or email members directly with the notice.
Going forward, from 5 October 2020 the England Golf WHS privacy notice will need to be included in the documents provided to new members to ensure that they will be properly informed about how England Golf will handle their data with respect to handicapping. From that date any changes to member data will need to be made via the England Golf Platform, as set out in our email of 8 September 2020. There is no need for members to opt-in to the transfer of personal data to England Golf, and both members’ email address and date of birth will be required in order for us to issue a handicap. We will only use members’ data collected in this way for the purposes of handicapping or other fundamental benefits of being a member of England Golf. Full details are set out in the privacy notice itself.
CEO, England Golf