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Mission: The united states golf association promotes and conserves the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions. It acts in the best interests of the game for the continued enjoyment of those who love and play it. The usga serves the game most visibly through the conduct of its national championships and international competitions. Together with the r&a, the usga provides governance for the game worldwide, jointly administering the rules of golf, establishing equipment standards, and formulating the rules of amateur status. The usga also maintains the usga handicap and course rating systems, develops and promotes sustainable golf course management practices, celebrates the history of the game, and fosters access to the game for all who wish to play.
Programs: Usga championships, including broadcasts - each year, the usga conducts the united states open, united states women's open and united states senior open championships, which include amateur and professional golfers from around the world. The usga also conducts annually ten national amateur golf championships. In 2014, more than 40,000 people competed in these usga championships. Additionally, more than 500,000 people attended these usga championships as spectators. By exposing the public to these usga championships through various spectator packages, national and international television and radio broadcasts, and digital and social media platforms the usga promotes worldwide interest in the game of golf and inspires participation in the game. The usga also leverages these same platforms to disseminate educational materials and information regarding environmental and economic sustainability, stem education, diversity and inclusion, history, and other relevant topics. The usga also sponsors teams for several international amateur golf championships.
usga members program - each year, the usga provides educational materials and other support to people who have expressed an interest in the game of golf by electing to enroll in the usga members program. Such educational materials include information and education about the rules of golf, usga championships, environmental sustainability, stem education, diversity and inclusion, and history, as well as other relevant topics. The usga also provides a digital newsletter and access to the usga's websites that include information on a wide variety of golf topics. In 2014, more than 660,000 people opted to enroll in the usga members program.
ghin (golf handicap and information network) - ghin is a handicap computation service that allows golfers of differing abilities to compete against one another in a fair and equitable manner. This service began in 1981 with the metropolitan golf association (new york) as the first user; ghin currently provides services to 80 golf associations domestically and internationally, and provides billable handicaps to over 2. 3 million golfers.
each year the usga provides a variety of programs that benefit everyone who plays the game. The usga writes and interprets the rules of golf, and provides seminars and publications to educate golfers about the rules. The usga administers the rules of amateur status in the usa and mexico. The usga monitors equipment standards to ensure that skill rather than technology represents the essence of the game. The usga maintains national handicap and course rating systems to enable golfers of varying skill to compete fairly and equitably. Usga agronomists provide course consulting services to golf facilities throughout the united states and abroad for the purpose of advancing environmental and economic best management practices. The usga green section also provides speakers, on-line publications and on-line conferences to educate interested parties about environmental and agronomic issues affecting the game of golf, as well as the broader community. The usga provides grants to colleges and universities to finance turfgrass and environmental research to benefit golf courses and the environment. The usga supports grassroots golf programs for juniors, as well as accessible programs for physically challenged golfers. The usga provides education and information through public service announcements, championship webcasts, digital and social media platforms, publications, meetings and seminars. The usga supports local, state and regional golf associations in their local efforts and provides grants to these associations to fund internships to help administer their local programs. The usga maintains a museum dedicated to the game's history that serves as caretaker and steward of extensive historical collections.