The LGU and the R&A complete merger

St Andrews, Scotland, Dec 19, 2016: The merger of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A has been finalized and will come into effect from 1 January 2017.

The heads of agreement between the two organizations was signed in June leading to the integration of the LGU’s business operations and its members of staff into The R&A group of companies. An agreed governance structure has also been implemented to give LGU Board members representation on relevant R&A Committees.

The R&A will assume responsibility for staging the LGU’s championships and international matches next year, offering leading women’s professional and elite amateur golfers opportunities to play in a world class series of events. The Ricoh Women’s British Open will continue to be managed by IMG in 2017 under the existing agreement with the LGU.

Trish Wilson, Chair of the LGU, said, “The completion of the merger is a progressive and important step for the development of women’s golf.

“Bringing the two organizations together creates a platform that will allow us to develop our aspirations for women’s golf on a global stage and encourage more girls and women to play golf and become members of clubs.

“The success of the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the Curtis Cup demonstrates the growing strength of women’s golf in both the professional and amateur game and we look forward to building on this with The R&A.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The integration of the two organizations puts us in a better, stronger position to realize our collective vision for growing the game of golf around the world.

“Our combined resources and staff expertise will help us to achieve our shared aims for the development of golf, including increasing girls’ and women’s participation and encouraging more families to enjoy golf as a recreational activity.

“Both organizations have an excellent track record of successfully staging prestigious championships and international matches and we are looking forward to a great season of events next year.”

The 2017 schedule of championships and international matches is as follows:

Championship Venue Date
Coronation Foursomes Various 1 January – 17 June
Ladies British Open Amateur Championship Pyle & Kenfig 13 – 17 June
The Amateur Championship Royal St George’s and Prince’s 19 – 24 June
The 146th Open – Regional Qualifying Various 26-Jun
Vagliano Trophy and Junior Vagliano Trophy Circolo Golf Bogogno, Italy 30 June – 1 July
The 146th Open – Final Qualifying Various 4-Jul
The 146th Open Royal Birkdale 20 – 23 July
Ricoh Women’s British Open – Pre Qualifying Hankley Common 17-Jul
The Senior Open Championship Royal Porthcawl 27 – 30 July
Ricoh Women’s British Open – Final Qualifying The Castle Course, St Andrews 31-Jul
Ricoh Women’s British Open Kingsbarns Links 3 – 6 August
The Boys Home Internationals St Annes Old Links 8 – 10 August
Ladies and Girls Home Internationals Little Aston 9 – 11 August
The Seniors Amateur Championship Sunningdale (Old Course) 9 – 11 August
Girls British Open Amateur Championship Enville 15 – 19 August
The Boys Amateur Championship Nairn and Nairn Dunbar 15 – 20 August
The Jacques Leglise Trophy Ballybunion (Old Course) 1 – 2 September
Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship North Berwick 6 – 8 September
The Walker Cup Los Angeles Country Club 9 – 10 September
Ladies Senior British Open Amateur Championship Royal Belfast 19 – 21 September
Ladies Senior Home Internationals Newport 3 – 5 October

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 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, through R&A Rules Ltd, 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 Media

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