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What is the Scottish Golf Union?
The Scottish Golf Union (SGU) is the governing body for amateur golf in Scotland, incorporating 578 golf clubs across the country representing a total membership of approximately 230,000 golf club members.
Based at the Home of Golf in St Andrews, the SGU’s responsibilities span across most aspects of the game in Scotland, from our original core business of staging national amateur championships and managing Scotland’s national teams, expanding to encouraging more youngsters to play golf, providing support services to member clubs and lobbying government to protect the interests of the game.
The Scottish Golf Union was first established in 1920 by Lord Anderson as an association of members clubs and two years later, the first ever Scottish Amateur Championship was staged at The Old Course, St Andrews. Lord Anderson was the Union’s first President, serving between 1921-23, while recently Windyhill Golf Club’s Maurice Shields became the SGU’s fiftieth President in 2012.
The inaugural Scottish Boys Championship was held at North Berwick in 1935, a course which became the event’s home until 1976, when its East Lothian neighbour Dunbar took on the mantle for 12 out of the next 13 years, before moving across the country to West Kilbride.
The Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship was the next addition to the national events rota, first held at the prestigious surroundings of Muirfield and Gullane in 1967 and notably won by a certain Bernard Gallacher, who went onto become the victorious European Ryder Cup captain 28 years later, following many appearances as a player. In that same year, Bernard’s nephew Stephen won the Stroke Play title, having also won the Boys equivalent twice in 1991-92.
The second man to lift the Scottish Stroke Play title went onto become arguably the country’s finest modern day amateur golfer, Duddingston’s Ronnie Shade. The legendary Shade won the Scottish Amateur Championship an incredible five times in a row, representing Scotland in the Home Internationals every year between 1960 and 1968 and making four consecutive Walker Cup appearances.
Taking over his mantle as a star of the amateur game was Charlie Green from Cardross, a 3-time Scottish Amateur Champion, making five Walker Cup appearances and notching an impressive five consecutive Scottish Seniors titles. One of the most popular characters in the game, Charlie sadly passed away in 2013.
Colin Montgomerie is one of the most prominent names to have come through the Scottish Golf Union’s ranks in the past three decades, playing for his country as an amateur between 1984 and 1987, winning the national match play and stroke play double and reaching the final of The Amateur Championship. Monty went onto win eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, with one of the most impressive Ryder Cup records in the tournament’s history and the Troon man became the SGU’s first recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award, alongside Paul Lawrie, in 2011.
Another player now performing successfully on the European Tour is Aberdonian Richie Ramsay, who became the first Scot in over 100 years to win the US Amateur Championship in 2006, whilst a member of the SGU national squad. Richie’s Scotland team-mate Lloyd Saltman also enjoyed a stellar amateur career, clinching the Silver Medal at the 2005 Open Championship in a share of 15th place, adding to a vast haul of major amateur titles he collected before turning professional.
One of the most celebrated achievements of the SGU’s modern era came in 2008, when the trip of Wallace Booth, Gavin Dear and Callum Macaulay became the first Scotland side to win the World Amateur Team Championship, lifting the Eisenhower Trophy in Adelaide, Australia.
Scottish Golf (SGU & SLGA)
The Dukes, St. Andrews, Fife
Phone: +44 1334 466477
Phone: +44 78256 71466
Andy has been with the Scottish Golf Union now for almost 10 years and is a fully qualified PGA professional.
Working on behalf of the Scottish Golf Union and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association, Andy leads on increasing participation and supporting clubs. Areas of responsibility include ClubGolf, adult participation, increasing club membership, SGU Golf Central, club services, legislation and the Scottish Golf Environment Group.
EDGA Member Profile: Scotland