R&A and LGU consider merger

The announcement comes less than a fortnight after the R&A voted to end its 260-year-old male-only membership, with Prince Anne and golfing greats??Laura Davies and Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam among the first to be offered honourary membership.??

The two St Andrews-based organisations revealed the potential move in a joint-statement released on Friday, which said:??”Exploratory discussions are under way between the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and??The R&A towards establishing a more closely coordinated working relationship and??the possibility of a merger between the two organisations.??

“There is a great deal of synergy between the LGU and The R&A, with both based in St Andrews and responsible for staging major championships, prestigious amateur events and international matches.

“Both organisations are committed to supporting the development of golf and encouraging participation in the sport. A further announcement will be made in due course.”

The LGU is the organising body for ladies’ amateur golf in Great Britain &??Ireland, while LGU Championships Limited runs the??Ricoh Women’s British Open and has responsibility for preparing teams for??competitions such as the Curtis Cup.

The R&A organises the Open Championship, major amateur events and international??matches and, together with the United States Golf Association, governs the game??of golf worldwide.