GolfAintEasy and the layers of bureaucracy perhaps whilst having served their purpose need to be revised to help Golf Ireland. So its great to see that following extensive discussions and consultation, the Boards of the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) have approved a Proposal which provides for the formation of a single governing body for Golf in Ireland.
The ILGU and GUI will now prepare for extraordinary general meetings (EGM) of the organisations at which affiliated clubs will vote on the Proposal. If the clubs of the ILGU and GUI support the proposal, a transitions phase will commence during which the GUI, ILGU and Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) will be wound down and the new body will be established to carry out all activities currently undertaken by the three organisations.
With the pressures that golf is under from declining memberships, it is important that innovative ways for playing the game are developed and an emphasis is placed on junior boys/girls and female participation. The future benefits of this change aim to tackle issues such as club membership growth, improved support for clubs, improved club structures, becoming a greater attraction to commercial partners and improved media coverage.
In the coming months, Information Packs containing important details regarding the new organisation will be prepared and issued to affiliated clubs. The packs will include the Proposal and all information pertinent to clubs, in the form of an Executive Summary and Frequently Asked Questions.
The EGMs are expected to be held before the end of 2018, with the club briefings being held in advance of the vote date. The ILGU and the GUI will hold separate club briefings with their respective ladies and men’s clubs in advance of the vote date. The exact date(s) for the briefings and the EGMs will be agreed by the respective Boards, with affiliated clubs being notified in due course.
So it is likely that change is coming, but surely anything that makes golf easier can’t be a bad thing.