Slumbers hails 'historic' R&A/LGU merger

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• Merger of R&A and LGU hailed as an 'historic move'
• The organisations set to come together as of January 1, 2017
• LGU-managed events to continue as normal this year


R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers hailed an ‘historic move’ after it was announced that the R&A and Ladies’ Golf Union are to merge.

The two St Andrews-based bodies are set to come together as of January 1, 2017, following an extensive consultation process, with the business operations of the LGU brought under the R&A.

“This is a historic move and an important step forward for golf on these islands,” said Martin Slumbers. “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 support.”
"The merger will enable us to capitalise on the strengths of the two organisations" - Martin Slumbers

“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."


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Trish Wilson, chairman of the LGU, added: “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.

“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.”

Planning is underway to integrate the staff from both organisations and to implement the agreed governance structure. The LGU’s championships and international matches, such as the Ricoh Women's British Open and the Curtis Cup, will run as normal this year with the existing LGU team managing those events.

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