CONGU

The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) is the authorising body of the only official handicap for golfers resident in Great Britain and Ireland. We are currently commencing a project to completely update our website, with the intention of coinciding the launch with that of the new manual, which is due in January 2012.

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The R&A

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 and, despite deriving its name from the members’ club, is separate and distinct from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

The R&A organises The Open Championship, golf’s oldest Major, along with a number of other professional, 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 141 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 126 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.

The R&A Rules Department also incorporates an Equipment Standards division, a team of scientists who, through rigorous state-of-the-art testing, assess new developments in golf technology, as well as ensuring that new club and ball submissions from manufacturers conform to the Rules of the game.

By staging The Open Championship, one of the world’s great sporting events, each year, The R&A is able to distribute a substantial annual surplus for the development of the game. Particular emphasis is placed on encouraging junior golf, on the promotion and progression of the game in emerging golfing nations, on coaching and on the provision of more public courses and improved practice facilities.

The R&A also provides best practice guidance on all aspects of golf course management, to help grow golf throughout the world in a commercially and environmentally sustainable way?.

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Golf Volunteers

Volunteers have a vital role to play in sport in this country, the contribution made by volunteers to sport each year is estimated to be worth around £1.5 billion. Central Government has now recognised the need to help sport develop its volunteers from grass roots to national level. The England Golf Partnership has also identified that the work done by golf volunteers within our game means that the sport would not exist in its present format without the hard work that the estimated 50,000 volunteers do each year. That is why a volunteer strategy has been developed, to recognise and support these people and to help us recruit more. This will ensure that the sport continues to grow.?

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Yorkshire Veteran Ladies' Golf Association

The benefits of being a YVLGA member:

Whatever our handicap we all enjoy our golf and to be a member of the YVLGA is a rewarding experience. It gives us the opportunity to meet and play with like minded people from all over our county and to play on some delightful courses in beautiful countryside, for relatively little cost.

The association is run very efficiently by a very enthusiatic committee of ladies who are all dedicated to giving something back to the game they all so enjoy.

Competitions are organised for all abilities, singles and foursomes, medals, stablefords and 5 club plus a Championship which is always held at the Lady Captain's club.

There is something for everyone so do come and join us?.

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The Golf Foundation

The Golf Foundation exisits to help boys and girls 'Get Into Golf"

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