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New Scottish golfing governing body launched

Scottish Golf, a new governing body looking after the interests of Scotland’s amateur golfers has been launched at St Andrews.

The new governing body replaces the Scottish Golf Union, which administered the men’s game, and the Scottish Ladies Golf Association.

A key priority of the new unifying governing body – which was voted through unanimously by all 16 area associations of the Scottish Golf Union – will be to increase club membership numbers.

Scottish Golf’s new chairperson, Eleanor Cannon, commented, “This is an historic and special day for Scottish Golf. I believe that the coming together of the two governing bodies will be a tremendous, positive step for the game of golf in Scotland. It will open up further opportunities in terms of driving membership and growing the game from a family perspective, where people are perceived to be players and members, and not identified by their gender all the time.

“I also believe more funding opportunities will be available to us in the public and private sector, given the values of the game, the family sport it is and the skills and values it instils in young and old alike. We all have the opportunity to work as a new organisation to take golf in Scotland forward into an exciting new era.”

For more information visit the Scottish Golf website