Formed in 2004 and based in St Andrews, The R&A seeks to engage in and support activities that are undertaken for the benefit of the game of golf. It takes its name from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the members’ club that, before 2004, had responsibility for the game but from which The R&A is now separate and distinct.
The R&A organises The Open Championship, golf’s oldest Major, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies. In addition, The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 128 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
For the USA and Mexico, the USGA is the governing body, an organisation with whom The R&A has jointly issued the Rules of Golf since 1952. More on The R&A here.
The English Golf Union merged with the English Women’s Golf Association on
1st January 2012 to form England Golf, the governing body for all amateur golf
in England. England Golf is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.
Responsible for the training of the country’s top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf’. England Golf also maintains a uniform system of handicapping, administering and applying the Rules approved by the Council of National Golf Unions.
England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020’ from grass roots right through to elite level.”
The English Golf Union Limited (EGU) served as the governing body of male amateur golf in England since it was founded in 1924. Based at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa it is a non-profit organisation run for the benefit of the game and its players. In 1995 the EGU acquired Woodhall Spa Golf Club and built an additional course and academy to create the National Golf Centre. The National Golf Centre is now the home of English amateur golf and provides a top class coaching environment for the National Squads as well as excellent golfing facilities that are available to all players, whatever their handicap.
The English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) was the governing body for women’s and girls’ amateur golf in England and came into being on 1 January 2008. It replaced the English Ladies’ Golf Association, which was formed in 1952. EWGA also administered the charity, the EWGA Trust, which provides grant to encourage girls to start and stay in golf.
The majority of England Golf funding comes from affiliation fees paid by golfers which funds the core activities of the organisation. Members of each affiliated club pay an annual subscription to their County Union (men) or County Association (women) and to England Golf. More on England Golf here.
Supplier of the World’s leading golf balls, Titleist has supported the BALASA National Championships over many years.
The Douglas Bader Foundation
The Douglas Bader Foundation was formed in honour of Sir Douglas Bader in 1982 by family and friends – many of whom had flown side by side with Douglas during World War 2.
Douglas was honoured in 1976 with a Knighthood for his contribution and work on behalf of the disabled. The mission of the foundation at its inception and today, is to continue Douglas’s work in conjunction with and on behalf of individuals with a disability. More on the DBF here.
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Other Useful Links
The Official website for the Paralympic Movement – www.paralympic.org