EWGA merges with the EGU
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FirstPoint USA founder and Chief Executive, Andrew Kean also finds the time to be a Director of the EWGA (English Women’s Golf Association). After two years of working towards this, the merger of the English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) was approved today (16 November 2011) at simultaneous general meetings of both organisations. The merger will come into effect on 1 January 2012 and will create England Golf, one national governing body to represent all amateur golfers in England. The merger proposal was approved by 86 per cent of the voting members of the EGU, meeting at its headquarters in Woodhall Spa; and by 100 per cent of the voting members of the EWGA, meeting at the National Motor Cycle Museum at Solihull. Both organisations had to approve the proposal by a majority of at least 75 per cent for it to be successful. The decision was immediately hailed as a triumph for golf and a vital step forward for the game. Key Points from the Merger : The headquarters of England Golf will initially be at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa. The EWGA offices in Edgbaston will continue in use until at least October 2012. • The counties will continue to be the voting members. Counties will be encouraged to merge their Unions and Associations, but this will not be mandatory. • The Board of England Golf will initially include 10 stakeholder non-executive directors, six nominated by the EGU and four women nominated by the EWGA. One of these 10 will be nominated as Chairman. • The first sole President of England Golf will be a woman. The President will be supported by the immediate Past President and the President-Elect. One of these three will always be a woman. • Club golf will go on, from day-to-day, as it does now, but members will benefit from the positive perceptions created by the merger and by the better support available for clubs. • All the championships and tournaments currently run by the EWGA and the EGU will continue. • The regional and group structures of the two organisations will continue to run competitions. The decision-making role of the EWGA regional committees will end. • Affiliation fees for men and women will be harmonised and will be equal by 1 January 2014. Women will continue to pay an additional subscription to the Ladies Golf Union.