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SGU and SLGA Amalgamation proposals voted through at historic EGM

Please see the open letter to clubs below from Tom Craig, the Chairman of the Scottish Golf Union Ltd:

I am delighted to advise that the 16 Area Associations that are the shareholders of the SGU have today voted unanimously to support the Amalgamation Proposal.

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 all their hard work.

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. I am delighted that this has been achieved.

We will now work to establish the new company, Scottish Golf Limited, which will operate from 1 October 2015. 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. We look forward to working closely with you all to ensure a healthy vibrant sport in Scotland for years to come.

Yours sincerely

Tom Craig
Scottish Golf Union Ltd