Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

October 20, 2005 14:21 ET

RCGA INTRODUCES NEW ONLINE NETWORK FOR CANADA'S GOLF COMMUNITY

New handicap and communications service for member clubs from coast to coast Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE, ON--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) today announced plans for the development of Canada's first national, centralized web-enabled handicap and communication network service for RCGA members and member clubs, to be launched in 2006.

One of the powerful features of the yet to be named online network, will be the ability for golfers, golf clubs, golf associations, and golf industry partners to communicate through messaging, event scheduling and database management tools. One of the main objectives of the RCGA network is to improve communication amongst Canada's national, provincial and local "golf communities."

"This innovative program will engage our golf community and help deliver the RCGA's mission of growing the game across the country" said Stephen D. Ross, RCGA Executive Director. "As well as being a valuable member service, the RCGA network will make handicapping more accessible and provide much needed uniformity, accuracy and timeliness in the delivery of handicapping services."

The network is being developed in partnership with GOLF Intelligence, Inc. (GI) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a leading provider of systems and services to the golf industry in the United States since 2000. GI was selected from 11 companies that submitted proposals to the RCGA for the design and development of the network. GOLF Intelligence founded the National Golf Network (NGN) which currently serves more than 1,000 golf clubs and 250,000 golfers in the United States.

"We're excited about our partnership with the RCGA because they share our mission to effectively serve all types of golf clubs and golfers," said John Montague, Founder and CEO of GOLF Intelligence. "Ultimately, the system will enable increased golf participation and enjoyment for a healthier game in Canada."

Benefits of the new RCGA network include:
-Easy access - RCGA members/member clubs only require Internet access to use the network at the club, from home, work or elsewhere.

-No software to install or administer - simply go to the website and use the system; software updates are seamless and instantaneous.

-Real time RCGA Handicap Factors - no time lags waiting for data synchronization.

-Accurate Course Ratings - The RCGA network uses the most comprehensive database of course ratings for Canada and the U.S. to generate more accurate handicaps.

-Golf Course Search - members will be able to search a comprehensive database of information on golf courses across Canada and the US.

-Improved peer review - RCGA members can easily check current Handicap Factors for any member, at any time, from the club, work or home, and "attested" scores can be posted.

-Improved communication - The RCGA, provincial golf associations and member clubs will be able to communicate directly with individual members providing news and events. Member to member communication will also be available.

-Performance Tracking - by using hole-by-hole score entry, golfers have the ability to track and trend a variety of performance statistics.

-Fully Bilingual - users of the network will be able to select French or English as their preferred language.

-Compatible with other software programs - The network will provide advanced tools for data migration to and from other software programs.

The RCGA and participating provincial golf associations will work together on the implementation of the system scheduled to debut in late January 2006. Over 600 clubs currently using the RCGA's HandyCapTM software program are expected to be among the first RCGA member clubs to adopt the new network.

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

About GOLF Intelligence
GOLF Intelligence (GI) is a provider of systems and services to golf associations, clubs and businesses. The company is the owner and operator of the National GOLF Network (NGN), a nationally networked "Golf Life Management™" and USGA Handicap System® that has proven to increase participation and enjoyment of the game for all types of golfers while increasing profitability for all types of golf clubs with essential communications, marketing and commerce services. Additional information is available at www.GOLFintelligence.com.

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For more information please contact:

Paul Macdonald
Director, Member Programs
Office: (905) 849-9700 ext. 217
Toll-Free: 1-800-263-0009 ext. 217
Email: pmacdonald@rcga.org

Media Contact
Michael Grobe
Senior Coordinator, Media & Public Relations
Royal Canadian Golf Association

Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
Cell: 905.467.2944
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org
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Contact Information

  • Michael Grobe, Senior Coordinator, Media & Public Relations, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-2944
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org