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Ladies vote for unified handicaps

12.15am 23rd January 2004 - Management Topics

The Ladies‘ Golf Union has received overwhelming support for the proposal of a Unified Handicapping System with 94% of affiliated clubs in the four Home Countries and overseas voting to adopt the system. The motion proposing change was adopted at the AGM in London on 21st January.
On the 1st February, the LGU will cease to be the handicapping authority for its member clubs. Instead, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), on which ladies‘ organisations will have equal representation, will be the policy making body for handicapping, both ladies‘ and men‘s, and will work through the ladies‘ and men’s unions and associations who will administer the system.
Speaking at the AGM, Andy Salmon, its chief executive officer said, “We are delighted that clubs have fully endorsed the view that a unified handicapping system is the way forward. This will have many advantages. It will enable clubs to streamline their administration of handicaps by operating only one system and at last, we will have a system where all handicaps are directly comparable.
“We also feel that the change will be a welcome catalyst for a greater amount of mixed golf which, we have always stressed, is an important aspect for the future good of the game.”
Kevin McIntyre, the secretary of CONGU said: “We have worked hard to reach this point and are delighted that both men and women will now come under the handicapping umbrella of CONGU. It always made sense to proceed along these lines and the endorsement of the LGU motion indicates the support in clubs throughout the four countries for the proposal.”
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