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The R&A and the USGA are conducting a review of the Rules of Amateur Status to make them easier to understand and apply. The comprehensive evaluation is part of the continued joint effort to modernise the Rules by reducing complexity and ensuring the Rules effectively guide how the game is played today. As part of a review process that began earlier this year, the governing bodies will seek the perspectives of golf’s stakeholders as an integral component of the review process, including elite amateur golfers, golf event organisers, national golf associations, professional golf associations and other industry partners.

The aim is to provide the golf community with a modernised set of Amateur Status Rules in late 2021, with the goal of an effective date of 1 January 2022. For more information click here

The World Handicap System (WHS) is ready to be launched from January 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time. Though many countries are planning to adopt the new system in January, the system will go live in other parts of the world throughout the year to accommodate different implementation plans and variations in the golfing calendar. Read the full article here

Scottish Golf has issued a new governance guide for clubs in the ongoing drive to modernise and grow the game. Key stakeholders across the sport recognise the value of improving the organisation and structures of clubs in order to maximise their potential for profitability and growth. Scottish Golf is committed to inspiring good governance within the game and has joined forces with The British and International Golf Greenkeepers’ Association (BIGGA), The Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA), The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), The R&A, England Golf and Wales Golf to provide this invaluable resource for all clubs to consider. 

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By co-ordinating a unified approach to good governance and setting this out in an easy-to-read format in the second edition of the guide, clubs the length and breadth of the country will now benefit from a strong template which can either be adopted or adapted to meet needs of individual organisations. For more details, read the full article here

The final match in the Glasgow A team calendar was played against Renfrewshire yesterday at Ranfurly Castle. Up against a strong Renfrewshire team who are currently league leaders, the boys slipped to a 5-3 defeat. That brings the team's record this year to two wins and 3 defeats and a placing of fifth on the West of Scotland league table. Thanks to Team Manager Stephen Machin for looking after the team again this year, and also to President Sandy Anderson for standing in on Stephen's absence. 
View all the scores and current league table placings here


 

Congratulations to Dumbartonshire on winning the West of Scotland Youths league. The team completed their fixtures yesterday with a 6-2 win over the Glasgow youths to give them a perfect 5 out of 5 wins. Although disappointed to loose the final match, Glasgow Team manager Gordon Jamison commented the unbeaten champions deserved their league win. With the final match, that completes this season's Youth matches. Thanks again to Gordon for looking after the team this year and to all the players who took part in the matches.
View all the scores and final league table placings here


 

The Glasgow Golf Union Handicap Trophy competition was held at Cathcart Castle Golf Club on Sunday 13th October. A total of 7 teams entered for the event, the last in this year's fixture list. The winners were the Bishopbriggs team of Ian McCulloch, David Sandhu and M Kenny with a total of 71 points. Second were the host club team of Cathcart Castle represented by Donald Sinclair, John Orr, and Colin Currie, also on 71 points. In third place came the Cathkin Braes team of Andrew Moore, Allan Sutherland and David Drain with 69 points. Many thanks all the players and officials who supported the competition, and also to our hosts Cathcart Castle for hosting the event. We hope to have a photo of the winning team with the trophy shortly. The full results table can be viewed here


 

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