After a long period of consultation beginning in 2009,the merger of the English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) has been approved at simultaneous general meetings of both organisations (on 16th November 2011). The merger will come into effect on 1 January 2012 and will create England Golf, one national governing body representing all amateur golfers in England.
At the EGU’s general meeting in Woodhall Spa, 86 per cent of the voting members approved the proposal whilst a full 100 per cent of the voting members of the EWGA, meeting in Solihull, were in favour. The merger had to be approved by both organisations by a majority of at least 75 per cent for it to go through.
From Greetham Valley Golf Club’s point of view, we welcome the creation of one national governing body to represent the interests of all amateur golfers, regardless of gender; it shows a modern, forward thinking and, above all, practical strategy – and not before time. We anticipate improved services and support to the Club and to our members from the governing body but some more traditional members’ clubs may find a requirement to adjust their operating procedures to reflect modern societal expectations.