Following extensive discussions and consultations, 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 EGMs of the organisations later this year, where affiliated clubs will vote on the proposal.
The proposal has taken two-and-a-half years to agree on and, if approved, the GUI and ILGU will both be wound down and the transition towards a new organisation will begin.
“In order for the game to become more attractive and shed that historic image, we as governing bodies have to change,” said Sinead Heraty, CEO of the ILGU.
The GUI and the ILGU were founded in 1891 and 1893 respectively, making them the oldest governing bodies in world golf and, currently, Ireland is the only country with separate amateur bodies for men’s and women’s golf.