A UNANIMOUS vote in favour of restructuring the Ladies’ Golf Union and adopting new operational rules has paved the way for a more modern and effective approach to managing the organisation.
The annual meeting in Cardiff heard that these important changes would be implemented immediately.
Chief executive Shona Malcolm explained that in practice the changes would not impact on the LGU’s functions, but that the new business model leaves volunteer councillors better protected and the LGU itself in a stronger position to engage in commercial activities and contracts. A new chairman will be appointed in due course, and in a further change from past practice, will serve for three years rather one.
Retiring LGU chairman Brigid McCaw reported on the year’s championships and matches, making specific reference to the Ladies’ European Tour victories in 2009 of the past two British amateur champions, Azahara Munoz and Anna Nordqvist. “These tour victories by our past champions are fitting testament to the ever increasing quality and importance of our amateur championship”, she said.
She went on to advise the meeting that Peugeot has confirmed its continued sponsorship of the ever popular LGU Coronation Foursomes in 2010, which attracted 35,000 participants in 2009.
LGU treasurer Jane Brown made reference to the problem of falling lady membership numbers in clubs which is being experienced in all four home countries, and offered the support of the LGU in initiatives aimed at reversing this trend.
Guest speaker Clive Brown, a successful Walker Cup Captain in 1995, gave an entertaining and interesting address, highlighting the importance of the winning mindset of his team, a topic which was being listened to intently by Curtis Cup captain, Mary McKenna.
The chairman wished Mary McKenna, team manager Tegwen Mathews and the GB&I Team good luck for a successful Curtis Cup match to be played at the Essex County Club, Boston from June 11 - 13.
And as a result of funds raised through donations for the Breakthrough Brooch, the LGU was delighted to present a cheque for £13,405.54 to Hannah Noble from the LGU’s partner charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Hannah thanked sincerely everyone who had supported this initiative and commented on the generosity which had been shown by lady golfers across the UK and Ireland.