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USGA Launches Enhanced Rules of Golf Mobile App

Free App Offers Smart-Search Access to Rules Information

January 7, 2014

Far Hills, N.J. – As part of its continuing commitment to provide greater clarity and broader distribution of the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association today launched an enhanced version of its Rules of Golf mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

The application features a smart-search capability that connects users to the Rules information contained in the most recent versions of the Rules of Golf and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf books.

“The redesigned Rules of Golf app provides convenient access to the Rules and the decisions on those Rules on mobile devices,” said Sarah Hirshland, senior managing director of business affairs for the USGA. “The update complements the USGA’s digital offerings and will help promote golfers’ understanding of the Rules and enhance their enjoyment of the game.”

Part of the update is a streamlined sharing process for the distribution of Rules and decisions via email. Direct links to www.usga.org have been added for quick access and for sharing with others.

“The Rules of Golf mobile app utilizes the latest technology to deliver Rules information to a greater audience,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of Rules and Amateur Status. “The app is designed to offer a higher level of information and insight that has not previously been available in one place.”

Additional features will be added to the app during 2014, including information regarding the Rules of Amateur Status.

The Rules of Golf app is free and available for download now via the iTunes Store or Google Play, and more information is available at www.usga.org/mobile. Access to the Decisions On The Rules of Golf is also available free for a limited time and will become an in-app purchase option beginning April 1.

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

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For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

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