ELMSFORD, New York – The Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA), one of the nation’s oldest and largest golf associations, is pleased to announce the South Carolina Golf Association (SCGA), the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA), and the West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA) as the newest associations to license the My MGA mobile application technology for their members.
These three associations join the Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA), Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), and Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) as licensed app users. The WVGA is the sixth and newest licensed user, effective March 2021.
“We are proud to expand our reach and work with these new associations as they provide this member benefit through the app,” said Brian Mahoney, MGA Executive Director. “We saw great growth in the popularity of the My MGA app over the last golf season and it’s one of our most important platforms. We look forward to continuing to work with other associations throughout the country on this initiative.”
The My MGA app was originally developed in 2012 and underwent a major update, released in January 2020. The updated app provides a personalized mobile experience for users to manage their game, with hole-by-hole score posting and comprehensive performance statistics and summaries. In addition, the My MGA app connects members with Met Area golf news, event registration, live tournament scoring, and access to MGA member benefits.
As licensed users of the app, these associations are able to provide their members with a branded version of the app as all associations enter the active 2021 golf season.
The SCGA serves more than 270 member clubs and 50,000 individual members throughout its state. “We are very excited to offer our members the new MySCGA app,” said Biff Lathrop, SCGA Executive Director. “This full-service app will bring all that the South Carolina Golf Association offers right to their fingertips.”
In Tennessee, the TGA has more than 200 member clubs and 32,000 individual members. “The app is a one-stop-shop for our players to post scores, track stats, register for events, catch the latest news and even book online tee times at our public facilities,” said TGA Executive Director Chad Anderson. “With people’s tendencies to use mobile devices more and more each year, this technology will allow the TGA to engage with our members even more.”
As the most recent licensee, the WVGA reaches 85 member clubs and more than 11,000 individuals throughout West Virginia. Executive Director Brad Ullman calls the app “a must for every golfer in West Virginia” for a new golf season. “We are excited for the enhanced opportunities the app affords us to communicate with our current members as well as our future members,” he said.
The MGA works with its long-time software developer New Start Mobile, LLC, to regularly update, refresh and manage the app. “Working with the MGA has allowed us to grow the capabilities of this app as we collaborate on updates to provide a first-class mobile experience for users,” said New Start Mobile Partner John Geary. “In 2020, nearly 500,000 association members throughout the country posted scores using a licensed version of the My MGA App, and we are excited for its continued growth.” New Start provides similar services for the participating association licensees.
About the Metropolitan Golf Association
The Metropolitan Golf Association was founded in 1897 and is one of the nation’s oldest and largest amateur golf associations representing more than 500 clubs in the tri-state Metropolitan Area. Through a network of more than 300 volunteers, and a full-time staff operating out of its Golf Central headquarters in Elmsford, N.Y., the Association fulfills its role as a true non-profit service organization. Through a variety of unique, relevant, and innovative services for member clubs and area golfers, the MGA has established itself as a leader among local and national golf organizations. The MGA is a designated Allied Golf Association (AGA) of the USGA, and proud to partner with the Westchester Golf Association (WGA) and the Long Island Golf Association (LIGA). For more information about the MGA, visit www.mgagolf.org
About New Start Mobile: New Start Mobile, LLC is a leader in working with sports organizations. We are highly proud to partner directly with 13 national governing sports associations, 4 Olympic Committees and, in association with the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee, we manage technology for an additional 25 governing organizations and Nike. Our customers include USA Baseball, the PGA of America, US Lacrosse, the USTA, USA Hockey, the San Francisco Giants, USA Water Polo, Skate Canada, US Sailing, USA Field Hockey, the Panam Sports Association, and 6 Allied Golf Associations (AGA) of the USGA. For more information about New Start Mobile, visit (https://www.newstartmobile.com/).
About the South Carolina Golf Association: The SCGA, founded in 1929, is the governing body for amateur golf in South Carolina. As a non-profit organization, the SCGA’s purpose is to promote, preserve and serve the game of golf. Made up of more than 270 member clubs and more than 50,000 individual members, the SCGA annually conducts 23 SCGA statewide championships, 59 one-day contests, eight USGA qualifiers, seven 40-plus tournaments and six special events. Other Member services offered include GHIN – the USGA Handicap Computation System, Golf Genius Tournament Management Software System and support, Rules of Golf and Handicap education, USGA Course/Slope Ratings and Course measuring, Amateur Status information, the Palmetto Golfer Magazine and the SC Golf Hall of Fame. The SCGA also houses the offices of the SC Junior Golf Foundation and SC Junior Golf Association in a combined effort to support junior golf and grow the game’s initiatives.
About the Tennessee Golf Association: Founded in 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association has been dedicated to serving the needs of TGA member golf courses and the needs of amateur golfers in Tennessee for over a century. The TGA hosts 19 state championship tournaments every year, highlighted by the Tennessee Open, the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, the Tennessee Amateur Championship and the Tennessee Women’s Amateur. The TGA also operates the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN), which provides a uniform handicap service to all golfers in Tennessee. The TGA is the direct liaison between amateur golfers in Tennessee and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
About the West Virginia Golf Association: The West Virginia Golf Association is dedicated to promoting and preserving the game of golf in West Virginia. The Association was founded in 1913 as the West Virginia District Golf Association. Our membership consists of 85 Member Clubs and over 11,000 individual golfers throughout the state of West Virginia. We serve as a central source of information for our Member Clubs. In addition to our various services, we generally represent the United States Golf Association (USGA) primarily through administering the USGA Handicap System, the USGA Course/Slope Rating System, conducting qualifying rounds, and handling amateur status matters. In addition to those core functions, we also administer The First Tee of West Virginia and one-day events for Men, Women, Juniors, and Seniors. It is also our privilege to protect the rich history of golf in West Virginia through the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.