England Golf chief: ‘Independent golfer scheme is not competing with club membership’

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Richard Flint, England Golf's chief operating officer, updated members on the platform to give nomadic players a handicap in a GCMA Hot Topics webinar...

Strong clubs should “back themselves and not worry” about the independent golfer scheme, England Golf’s second in command told managers. In an update on the new platform in a Hot Topics webinar, Richard Flint, the governing body’s chief operating officer, said giving nomadic players an official handicap was “not competing with club membership”. Asked whether handing non-club members a World Handicap System index was taking away a reason to be a member – harming both recruitment and retention – Flint said: “Handicap isn’t the biggest driver of why individuals join a golf club”....
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