SGU chairman: We must end gender divide

Henrik Stenson is yet to decide if to play in this summer's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane

Henrik Stenson is yet to decide if to play in this summer's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane

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Another step towards Scottish golf becoming a gender united body will take place in Edinburgh next weekend.

A fresh proposal to amalgamate the Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies Golfing Association will be put to a vote at the latter’s annual general meeting in the Capital on Saturday week.

If successful – and the SLGA membership agreed to it last time around – then the spotlight will be back on the men.

In 2012, the SGU failed to gain sufficient support for the proposal and since then a lot of work has gone in to try and rebuild bridges.

As the attempt to make it second-time lucky gathers pace, Capital clubs are being urged to have their say though voting in an independent poll.

Now open and running until February 27, it is being conducted after agreement between the SGU Board and Area Associations, of which the Lothians is the largest.

“We encourage and advise all affiliated SGU clubs to vote in the independent poll,” said SGU chairman Tom Craig.

“Currently, this is the most significant issue facing Scottish Golf. Amalgamation is fundamentally important to building a modern, democratic, inclusive governing body for Scottish amateur golf.

“It is vital we pass on a fit for purpose organisation for the next generation to take the game forward.

“It creates the opportunity to build an effective partnership among golfers, Clubs, Areas, Counties, Board and staff for the greater good of Scottish Golf.

“A single body will help attract more women into golf and remove some of the stigma of a male-dominated game.”

Meanwhile, world No.2 Henrik Stenson has still to decide if he’ll play in this summer’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane.

The Swede used the event two years ago as the springboard to his rise back up the world rankings, finishing second to Phil Mickelson in The Open at Muirfield the following week before going on to top the money-list on both sides of the Atlantic.

But Stenson didn’t play in last year’s Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen and has yet to make up his mind about heading to East Lothian in July.

“I don’t like to make promises I can’t keep,” he said in Dubai today, “and I have a few different options.”