Local Knowledge

December 2020


Beginning in early January 2021, golfers will need to create a GHIN Digital Profile to be able to access the suite of GHIN products, including the GHIN Mobile App and GHIN.com. In order to create a digital profile, a golfer will need to have a unique email address and password in their account within the USGA/GHIN Admin Portal. This updated digital profile will improve data security and privacy by providing a more secure authentication login method.

To minimize the impact on golfers who plan to access the GHIN Mobile App and GHIN.com in 2021, the TGA would like to remind its Member Clubs to begin collecting and adding email addresses for updated digital profiles. Member Clubs can follow the steps below to input email addresses into the USGA/GHIN Admin Portal.

Adding email address to USGA/GHIN Admin Portal:

1. Click on the member/golfer’s name

2. In the light blue section, click on the “Account” tab

3. Within that box, in the upper right, click on the “Edit” link

4. Input member/golfer’s unique email address

5. Click the blue “Save” button

6. Repeat steps for the next member/golfer

For more information, please visit the Digital Profile FAQs page within the “Tools & Resources” section of the USGA/GHIN Admin Portal. For questions or clarification on any matter, please contact either Mary Harrison, Senior Director, Handicapping & Membership or Geoff Greenwood, Technical Services Manager.


Sixteen-year-old Ashley Yen of Houston, one of Texas’ brightest young stars on and off the golf course, was recently named the female recipient of the 2020 USGA-American Junior Golf Association Presidents’ Leadership Award. Presented annually since 2005, the award honors one male and one female junior golfer who make a positive impact on their community and help others through volunteerism.

“I am so honored and grateful to be the recipient of this award,” said Yen, a junior at St. John’s High School. “I would like to thank the AJGA and USGA for giving me the opportunity to participate in Leadership Links and for making service to our communities a priority. I hope that I can inspire others to find causes close to their heart and help their communities, especially during these challenging times.”

One of Yen’s greatest passions is helping to provide quality education to every child who needs it, regardless of background. That passion started with her younger brother, Christopher, who has learning disabilities. This led to her putting together science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education kits to distribute throughout her community. These kits provide a valuable educational tool to many organizations that serve the community, including girls clubs, children’s hospitals and the YMCA. Yen’s nonprofit organization, Kits 2 Kids, has distributed over 1,000 kits to organizations in the greater Houston area.

Yen’s off the course achievements are impressive enough, but she also happens to be one of the top junior golfers in the state. Yen, who began playing when she was 9 years old, won the 2020 Texas Girls’ Invitational in February after carding rounds of 72-69-73 at Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s Weiskopf Course. She also helped St. John’s to a state championship in 2019, and will again play a key role this spring when the Mavericks look to win a fourth straight title.

To read more about this remarkable young Texan, click here.


PGA Golf Exhibitions, in partnership with the PGA of America, recently announced the shift to an all-virtual format for the 2021 PGA Merchandise Show, to be held January 26-29, 2021. Prioritizing the health and well-being of the global golf community during the ongoing pandemic, the decision was made with guidance and feedback from exhibitors, attendees, PGA Professionals, the PGA of America, key industry associations, vendor partners and additional event stakeholders.

The PGA Merchandise Show, the world’s largest annual gathering of the golf industry, traditionally hosts nearly 40,000 golf industry professionals from around the world to discover the newest trends and technology from some 1,000 exhibiting golf companies and brands. In 2021, the 68th edition of the PGA Merchandise Show will instead feature a cutting-edge, highly-interactive virtual experience and marketplace.

PGA Professionals, golf retailers, industry leaders and manufacturers from around the globe will be able to attend the show from the safety of their homes, facilities or offices, and actively reconnect with the industry to drive substantial business results. The easy-to-use platform will become available for appointment scheduling in mid-December, with full content provided live during PGA Show Week and available on-demand for an extended period of time after the Show concludes.

For more information about the 2021 PGA Merchandise Show, click here.


A reminder to our Member Clubs the Texas Golf Association’s Main Office in Dallas and South Office in Humble will be closed from Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2021.

The TGA would like to thank our Member Clubs for their partnership and continued support of amateur golf in the Lone Star State, and wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday and a Healthy and Wonderful New Year.