The Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association have appointed Andy Salmon as the new Scottish Golf Development Manager. The post will fulfil a key role in the ongoing drive towards ‘One Plan for Golf’ with partners working more closely together and Salmon will be responsible for aiding the delivery of the strategy.
The new position was formulated in a joint SGU and SLGA initiative and is part funded by sportscotland. Andy, the former chief executive of the Ladies Golf Union, will be responsible for the strategic development of Scottish Golf, helping to deliver one of its key goals, that of ‘growing the game.’
Salmon’s exciting and diverse developmental remit will encompass the recruitment and retention of membership and volunteers at all levels, golf tourism and club development. He will also lead the strategic direction of the national junior golf strategy, clubgolf, and facilitate its integration with other golf developments.
Andy has a longstanding knowledge of golf, having worked in various roles at the Professional Golfers Association, Marriott Hotels Golf Management and latterly as golf and leisure manager for De Vere Hotels and Resorts, in addition to his time at the LGU.
Commenting on his appointment, Andy said, “I am absolutely delighted to be taking on this new role and to have this opportunity to be closely involved in a sport which is one of my lifelong passions. My background in the sport has given me a thorough understanding of governance and my experience in golf club management means I have an empathy with golf clubs, which will bode well when engaging with clubs and expanding the involvement and interaction with members and non-members alike across the country.”
He added, “Last season produced a stream of notable successes for Scottish amateur golf, raising awareness of the game and reinforcing its importance to Scotland as the home of golf. I am very keen to play a part in building upon that momentum and developing opportunities, which will hopefully lead to more Scots enjoying and participating in the game in the future.”
SGU Chief Executive, Hamish Grey said, “We are delighted to have a person of Andy’s calibre combined with his strong background and knowledge of golf joining the Scottish Golf team.”
A sport administration and science graduate, Salmon, who hails from Anglesey, north Wales, has experience of competing at national level, representing his country on numerous occasions and was Welsh schoolboys champion in 1987.
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