It has been just over a year since the merger between The R&A and Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and the move is already delivering positive outcomes and benefits for women and girls’ golf.
Bringing the two organisations together has acted as a further catalyst for The R&A to continue to grow and develop women’s golf around the world, notably around girls’ and women’s participation and encouraging more families to enjoy golf as a leisure activity.
More specifically, The R&A now has responsibility for staging the LGU’s championships and international matches, offering leading women professional and elite amateur golfers the opportunity to play in a world class series of events.
The R&A can reflect on positive outcomes over the last 12 months with other exciting initiatives to follow in the coming year.
Achievements last year include:
- For the first time in its 264-year history, The R&A staged championships for men and women, boys and girls, with the player event experience enhanced
- Increased funding to the Ladies European Tour /Access Tours (funding topped a total of £2 million in 2017, over the period since 1994)
- Wide-ranging research commissioned into ‘Women’s, Girls’ and Family Participation in Golf’ and their importance to the development of the sport
- Support for ‘Women in Leadership Summit’, which was held during the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns
- Support for the golf programmes of 17 Universities (14 in GB&I, Sweden, Spain and South Africa), with 16% of students in University golf programmes being female
- Almost 200 applications to The R&A Foundation Scholarship scheme, with 41% of students receiving an award female
Planned initiatives for 2018 include:
- New amateur championship introduced for junior girl golfers with the Girls Under-16s Open Championship at Fulford (27- 29 April)
- The inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia Pacific Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore
- Providing funding to Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for the next three years to appoint golf development staff members to help drive female participation and boost membership
- Re-launch of the Coronation Foursomes, the largest women and girls’ golf event in Great Britain and Ireland involving over 25,000 participants and 1,200 clubs with entries now open
- PhD student supported to review the history of women in golf, playing and the contribution women have made to the golf industry
Kevin Barker, Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “The last year has seen a number of positive developments and outcomes for women’s and girls’ golf following the completion of our successful merger with the LGU, which has put us in a stronger position to realise our collective vision for growing the game of golf around the world. We will continue to work with our affiliates and other golf bodies to support activity which attracts more women and girls and increases participation.”
For more information on championships for women and girls please visit championships page.