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THE LADIES’ GOLF UNION AND THE R&A SIGN MERGER AGREEMENT

27 July 2016, St Andrews, Scotland: The merger between the Ladies' Golf Union and The R&A has moved close to completion with the signing of a heads of agreement by the two St Andrews-based organisations.

The LGU organises a series of prestigious championships and international matches including the Ricoh Women's British Open, taking place this week at Woburn, and the Curtis Cup won by Great Britain and Ireland at Dun Laoghaire in June.

Trish Wilson, the Chairman of the LGU, said, "Winning the Curtis Cup showed that the women's elite amateur game is in a strong position and we look forward to building on this at all levels as we move forward with The R&A."

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, "We are delighted to complete the heads of agreement for the merger of the two organisations. The merger will be an opportunity to further develop the world class events run by the LGU and to give even greater support to women's and girls' golf. We are looking forward to building on the many synergies between the LGU and The R&A for the benefit of the game."

The potential merger between the LGU and The R&A was initially announced in February 2015 and discussions took 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 - who gave their unanimous support to the proposal.

Plans have been agreed 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 integrated with The R&A group of companies with effect from 1 January 2017.

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.

The R&A

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 140 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.


R&A Rules Ltd

With effect from 1st January 2004, the responsibilities and authority of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in making, interpreting and giving decisions on the Rules of Golf and on the Rules of Amateur Status were transferred to R&A Rules Limited.

  For more information about The R&A visit www.RandA.org.

  Further information:

  The Ladies' Golf Union
+44 (0) 1334 475811
info@lgu.org   

The R&A - Communications
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media@randa.org