THE LADIES’ GOLF UNION AND THE R&A TO MERGE
22 February 2016, St Andrews,
Scotland: The Ladies' Golf Union (LGU) and The
R&A are to proceed with a merger of the two organisations.
Following an extensive consultation exercise,
agreement has been reached on the merger of the two St
Andrews-based bodies with the process due to be completed in the
The LGU organises a series of prestigious
championships and international matches including the Ricoh Women's
British Open and the Curtis Cup and the merger will be an
opportunity to further develop these world class events.
An announcement was made in February 2015 that a
potential merger between the LGU and The R&A was under
consideration. Since then discussions have taken place between the
respective Boards and the LGU's shareholders - England Golf,
Scottish Golf, the Golf Union of Wales and the Irish Ladies Golf
Union - and there has been unanimous support for the proposal.
Trish Wilson, the Chairman of the LGU, said, "The LGU
has a long and proud tradition of supporting women's and girls'
golf. Funded by the lady golfers of Great Britain and Ireland, the
LGU has positioned golf as a game for all women and girls. My
gratitude is due to our shareholders for their foresight and
support in this move.
"I would like to thank the Chief Executive of The
R&A and his team, and the foresight of his predecessor, for
their initiative and conviction in achieving this outcome. Building
on the strong relationship it already enjoys with The R&A, the
LGU looks forward to realising the potential of this merger."
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said,
"The LGU and The R&A have a wealth of experience in running
successful championships and we have a shared focus on supporting
the development of golf. The merger will enable us to capitalise on
the strengths of the two organisations for the wider benefit of the
sport, including the development of golf for women and girls.
"This is a historic move and an important step forward
for golf on these islands. I would like to thank the LGU Board for
their commitment and enthusiasm throughout this process and their
stakeholders, including Ricoh and IMG, for their tremendous
Planning is underway to integrate the staff from both
organisations and to implement the agreed governance structure. The
LGU's championships and international matches will run as normal
this year with the existing LGU team managing those events. The
business operations of the LGU will be brought into The R&A
group of companies with effect from 1 January 2017.
Notes to Editors:
The Ladies' Golf Union
Founded in 1893, the LGU is the encompassing body for
ladies' amateur golf in Great Britain & Ireland. The LGU Board
includes representatives of ladies' golf's national governing
bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Operational
activities are undertaken by a wholly owned subsidiary, LGU
Championships Limited ("LGUCL"), which in particular owns and runs
the Ricoh Women's British Open, founded by the LGU in 1976 and one
of the five Major Tournaments for professional women golfers. LGUCL
also has responsibility for running British Amateur Championships
and Home International events, and preparing the Great Britain
& Ireland teams for representative matches, such as the Curtis
Cup and the Vagliano Trophy.
Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite
amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The
R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating
in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code
for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment
Standards. The R&A governs worldwide, outside of the United
States and Mexico, with the consent of 152 organisations from
amateur and professional golf and on behalf of over 30 million
golfers in 138 countries.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and
supports the growth of the sport internationally and the
development and management of sustainable golf facilities.
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