Golf Power List: 10-1

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 26, 2012 08:26

8. Hamish Grey, chief executive of the Scottish Golf Union

Scottish golf is currently undergoing a mini-revolution, and, despite the name, the – New Zealander – Hamish is at the heart of it.

The country will host three of the next four Open Championships as well as the 2014 Ryder Cup, and this summer, Donald Trump’s course, which some believe is one of the best in the world, opened.

However, not all is well. When Whitemoss Golf Club in Pertshire closed last year, the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) called for no more 18-hole venues to be built, as there simply isn’t enough demand to meet the SGU’s 597 clubs. A survey this summer then found that 89 per cent of Scottish clubs are seeking new members.

The SGU has responded by aiming to create 50 development centres by 2020, and building on its clubgolf programme that brings juniors into the game. Crucially, Hamish has built strong links with sportscotland, the national agency for Scottish sport, which provides essential funding. Interestingly, sportscotland is very keen on the SGU following England’s lead, and merging with the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association. If that does happen, Hamish will be the favourite to be the resulting association’s new chief executive.

 

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Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 26, 2012 08:26
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