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.