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LGU & R&A Merger Completed


Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A complete their merger


The merger of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A has been finalised and came into effect from 1st January 2017.

The R&A will assume responsibility for staging the LGU’s championships and international matches next year, offering leading women professionals and elite amateur golfers the opportunity 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.

England Golf has welcomed the merger. Chairman Graham Yates commented: “This is excellent news for golf and particularly for raising the profile of women’s golf.”  Chief Executive Nick Pink added: “This merger means we can look forward to a new focus on women’s golf and to welcoming many more women and girls into the sport and into our clubs.”

The heads of agreement between the two organisations 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.