PUMA Open Competitions cannot communicate with the new WHS handicapping portal. Therefore you will no longer be able to download up to date handicaps from within the PUMA Open Competitions System, also you will not be able to transfer scores from any qualifying competitions back to the WHS portal. Obviously if you are not running qualifying competitions this will have very little impact on your use of the system as all the remaining functionality remains.
I have been working on the system to ensure that as far as
possible it is compatible with WHS. This includes the functionality for you to
input the slope of the course, and the calculation of course and playing
handicaps from the handicap indexes entered manually on the start sheets. The
new handicap allowances recommended by England Golf have been programmed into
the system(which can be changed if required).
I will be sending out invoices for 2021 in December and I’d
be grateful if you could let me know before then if you no longer wish to
continue to use the system so that your organisation can be excluded from the
The PUMA Software website has been updated to reflect the fact that we have now moved to WHS and therefore the PUMA systems can no longer communicate with the WHS portal to obtain handicapping information or send the results of singles competitions.
After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not be taking up CONGU’s license to access the WHS Portal. This means that I will no longer produce the PUMA Handicapping System and that the other systems, whilst still functioning, will no longer be able to transfer data to and from the new CDH. From the 2021 season onwards therefore, these are the implications:-
For PUMA Seniors, the functionality to look up players’ CDH numbers and current handicaps will no longer be possible.
For PUMA Open Competitions, the results of singles competitions will no longer be able to be transferred to the CDH, thus effectively removing the option of running singles competitions from the system. Whilst individual stroke-play competitions are the only authorised format of play in the Worldwide Handicapping System currently, I believe that it is intended to introduce other formats in future. As these are rolled out over a period of years, the PUMA Open Competition System will not be able to transfer these scores to the CDH either.
PUMA Open Competitions will no longer be able to look up players’ names from their CDH number, nor pull down players’ current handicaps.
The PUMA releases for 2020 are now ready to be installed as final testing has been completed. Details of your license number(s) for 2020 will be sent out to those who have paid their maintenance fee over the next few days.
The on-line module of PUMA Seniors has been enhanced to provide the extra functionality for members to check their membership details and re-new their membership at certain times of the year. Updated membership details can be imported back into PUMA Seniors.
An additional module has been added to PUMA Seniors to allow users access to a website to enter events that have been created in PUMA Seniors.
Final testing has now been completed and the PUMA releases for 2019 are now ready to be installed. Details of your license number(s) for 2019 will be sent out to those who have paid their maintenance fee over the next couple of days.
Version 18.01 of PUMA Open Competitions has been put on the website. This contains a minor correction to deal with 16 bit computers which have been upgraded to Windows 10. If you have not had any problems when running version 18.00 you do not need to install this update.
The PUMA releases for 2018 are now ready to be installed as final testing has been completed. Details of your licence number(s) for 2018 will be sent out to those who have paid their maintenance fee over the next couple of days.
The maintenance invoices for 2018 have been sent out to the contact I have in my record for each organisation.