Scotland set for ‘exciting’ future following merger

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim March 31, 2015 10:21

Scotland is to have a national governing body for amateur golf that will include males and females for the first time in its history.

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The historic news comes after the shareholders of the all-male Scottish Golf Union (SGU) Limited’s 16 area golf associations unanimously voted to amalgamate with the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA).

The new company, Scottish Golf Limited, will come into existence on October 1, 2015.

The merger follows an almost identical move that the governing body of the game in England made a little over three years ago, and should bring more sponsorship to golf and help the governing body project the game as a modern sport in its bid to attract more participants to help clubs secure more customers.

In February, the membership of the SLGA backed the proposal to amalgamate with the SGU by a unanimous margin of 204 to 0 at their annual general meeting, before SGU affiliated clubs and eligible societies overwhelmingly backed the proposal after voting 97 percent in favour in an independent poll.

Scotland’s leading male and female golfers, Stephen Gallacher and Catriona Matthew, also supported the plans to amalgamate the two governing bodies, with other partners and sponsors strongly in favour.

Speaking at the Stirling Court Hotel at the University of Stirling campus, SGU chairman Tom Craig expressed his delight at the outcome.

Craig said: “This is an historic day for Scottish amateur golf. I thank the SGU’s area golf associations for their support in unanimously backing the proposal and our affiliated clubs for showing confidence in the proposal. I’d also like to thank Sheriff Alastair Thornton and all the other members of the amalgamation joint working group for their hard work.

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Catriona Matthew

 

“We have enjoyed a close working relationship with the SLGA for many years and now look forward to working together as one organisation. The reality is that the SGU and SLGA are already working more closely than ever before so the transition to a single unified governing body should be fairly seamless.

“We can look to the future with excitement and optimism at the potential benefits amalgamation will bring, including providing greater leadership to our clubs and players, projecting golf as a modern, inclusive sport with a positive image to attract more players and attracting more resources into the sport from commercial sponsorship and government.

“It has been a long journey to reach this stage, but it was important that everyone had the chance to contribute to the amalgamation debate, so we could come forward with a good structure for the future of golf in Scotland.

“Our game faces many challenges. There’s a lot to do, but we now have the opportunity to build a positive future for golf and golf clubs in Scotland.”

Beth Paterson, SLGA chairman, added: “We are delighted that both organisations have given their overwhelming support for amalgamation. This is a positive day for golf and a vital step forward for the game. Scottish golf will now be able to focus on the main issues facing the game and take it positively into a new era.”

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim March 31, 2015 10:21
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2 Comments

  1. Adam P Smith February 24, 22:15

    Yada, yada, yada, it’s the same fine words coming out of St Andrews but where’s the beef? ‘Vital step forward’, ‘new era’, blah, blah, blah but a pound to a penny when the time comes for Hamish Grey’s annual report in a year’s time it’ll be more talk of declining club memberships which are down by 10% in the past 3 years alone. Golf is booming in other parts of the developed and developing world but at the home of golf the SGU posture and pontificate.

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  2. DJM April 3, 09:20

    It’s a safe prediction this merger will do nothing for the game of golf, but the manufactures/retailers of blazers must be licking their lips.

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