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Golfbuddy backs Irish GPS decision
March 3, 2011

GolfBuddy GPS has welcomed the decision taken this month by the Golf Union of Ireland (GUI) to allow the use of Distance Measuring Devices in its competitions.

DMDs are now permitted under local rule in all GUI run events, including all provincial and national Championships and all Cups and Shields events, both at provincial and national level.

The decision means handheld GPS rangefinders like GolfBuddy will be used and seen at some of Ireland's most prestigious events and the GUI was congratulated for its foresight by John Ennis, European General Manager of GolfBuddy Europe Ltd, operating from Naas, Co. Kildare.

"The GUI should be congratulated for accepting that distance measuring devices are now incredibly popular and make the game faster and more enjoyable," said John.

"GolfBuddy GPS is widely used by leading golf coaches to teach good course management, so allowing their use in prestigious GUI competitions can only help the development of the country's players at all levels.

"Allowing golfers to access accurate distance information through technology, in a way that's certainly quicker and easier than using on-course markers, is an excellent decision."

If a golf club wishes to permit Distance Measuring Devices in their own competitions, it must adopt a local rule that permits their use. But when a GUI event is held at a golf club - the GUI Local Rules and Tournament Conditions take precedence over the Club Local Rules.

The full wording is below, as it appears in GUI Tournament Conditions for all events, is as follows: "A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used."

Based in Cerritos, California, with technology development centres in Korea

- the home of outstanding electronic brands such as Samsung and LG - GolfBuddy is the biggest-selling GPS rangefinder in Europe.

Products currently available include the incredible, TFT touchscreen GolfBuddy World Platinum and colour-screen GolfBuddy Tour. Both provide automatic course and hole recognition making them usable straight from the box.

All models operate a 'fee free' policy - golf course maps from around the world are available without annual subscription or individual course download charges.

The company is expected to launch a new model in late Spring this year.

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