The governing body for amateur golf in Scotland has agreed to undergo a governance review as part of its on-going modernisation.
Nearly four years on from a major restructure which introduced a board and led to the incorporation of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU), both the board and executive council of the Union have agreed it is now appropriate to review the current arrangements to ensure that they are best positioned to take golf and the Union forward.
To do this, a three-man independent review group has been formed. The group will be chaired by Craig Reedie, a keen golfer and IOC (International Olympic Committee) member, who recently concluded 13 years as chair of the British Olympic Association.
He will be joined by Charles Philip and Donald Turner. Both have served on various golf club committees and have strong business backgrounds. Charles Philip is currently managing secretary at Panmure Golf Club. Donald Turner retired in 2001 as managing partner and regional chair for Scotland and Northern Ireland of Ernst & Young.
The review will consider the constitution of the SGU and the governance of the men’s amateur game in Scotland before making recommendations for the future. Two main issues to be considered within the terms of reference are the make-up and division of responsibilities of the SGU board and executive council and the role of area associations and clubs within the SGU.
SGU chairman, Alistair Low said, “We are delighted with the progress the SGU has made in the past four years and we see this review as further evidence of our on-going modernisation. It will ensure that we are best placed to develop Scottish golf in the future.”
It is anticipated that any recommendations, which will be subject to the approval of Area associations as shareholders, will be made by early in the 2006 season.
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