Sunday 22 September 2019

Why Golf Ireland needs your help

Volunteers critical for success of body

Lifeblood: Volunteers at World Amateur Team Champs
Lifeblood: Volunteers at World Amateur Team Champs

Brian Keogh

The power of volunteers will be key to the success of Golf Ireland when it goes live on 1 January 2021.

The new organisation will take over the administration of the game from the GUI and the ILGU in 16 months and, according to the independent, Chairperson of the Transition Board, Tim O'Connor, people power will be at the heart of Golf Ireland.

"Just as volunteers have been the lifeblood of the GUI and ILGU over the decades, so too will they be central to the success of Golf Ireland," said O'Connor, who chairs a board featuring four nominees each from the GUI and the ILGU.

"There will be changes in how golf is structured, with one overall governing body where previously there were two, but volunteers will continue to be a central pillar of the game in Ireland."

Anyone interested in a voluntary role in golf is invited to express interest with the relevant ILGU District or GUI Branch Executives to find out what roles are available.

The Transition Board was appointed to implement the Golf Ireland proposal resoundingly approved by clubs in January and has established the vision, mission and culture for its work, which will guide it through the remainder of the transition period and into the new body.

The appointment of a Chief Executive of Golf Ireland is expected in the coming weeks following an open competition and, once in place, that person will drive forward the transition process.

Until Golf Ireland is established in 2021, and the transfer of functions begins, it is business-as-usual for the GUI, the ILGU and the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.

Clubs, players and officials will continue to communicate with both Unions and the CGI as they always have.

The Golf Ireland trademark and domain name (Golf Ireland.ie) have been secured, and it is expected that the transition period will end with the first AGM and the first Regional meetings of Golf Ireland in the final quarter of 2020. The Transition Board will regularly update the GolfIreland.ie website on progress as the work of the Board continues.

Encouraged by what he describes as the positive start to the work of the Transition Board, O'Connor added: "Everybody is committed and dedicated to the success of the project.

"By January 2021 the new structures and arrangements will be in place to enable Golf Ireland to take forward its mission of securing and developing the future of golf across the island."

The members of Transition Board are Tim O'Connor (Chairperson), Pauline Bailie, Mary Culliton, Ian Kerr, Brege McCarrick, Joe McNamara, John Power, Brian Punch and Fiona Scott.

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