IT’S impossible, surely, to doubt that Scottish Golf, the new governing body for the amateur game in this country, has the potential to reinvigorate the sport with such an impressive array of individuals having just been appointed as its board of directors.
Coming on the back of Eleanor Cannon’s appointment as chair, the selection of eight non-executive directors, all of whom boast eye-catching CVs, should create an air of excitement as the new era starts to take shape. Mirroring what has happened at the European Tour since David Williams took over its chairman just under two years ago, a mix of talent has been tapped into and not just those with golf experience. Four of those appointed are new to the sport from an administration point of view, thereby bringing a fresh perspective.
“Collectively, they will offer new ideas and a real hunger to make a difference to ensure we build on the momentum in terms of the work already being achieved with clubs throughout Scotland,” said Cannon of the appointments of Neil MacDonald (championships), Sandy Anderson (club development), Roz Cuschieri (commercial), Malcolm Robertson (communications), Malcolm Kpedekpo (finance), Audrey Sturgess (integration, with responsibility for handicapping and course rating), Stewart Darling (participation) and Stephen Docherty (performance).
Momentum may indeed have been built in terms of helping clubs, but, with Blairbeth in Rutherglen reported to have just become the latest one in Scotland to lose the fight for survival, new and exciting ideas from this talented team will certainly be welcomed and the sooner the better.
You’ll have been told, no doubt, but shaping a brighter future for Scottish golf across the board lies in your hands.