The merger of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A has been finalised and came into effect from January 1.
The heads of agreement between the two golf organisations was signed in June leading to the integration of the LGU’s business operations and its members of staff into The R&A group of companies.
An agreed governance structure has also been implemented to give LGU Board members representation on relevant R&A Committees.
The heads of agreement between the two golf organisations was signed in June at The Curtis Cup.
The R&A will assume responsibility for staging the LGU’s championships and international matches next year, offering leading women’s professional and elite amateur golfers opportunities to play in a world-class series of events.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open will continue to be managed by IMG in 2017 under the existing agreement with the LGU.
Trish Wilson, Chair of the LGU, said: “The completion of the merger is a progressive and important step for the development of women’s golf. Bringing the two organisations together creates a platform that will allow us to develop our aspirations for women’s golf on a global stage and encourage more girls and women to play golf and become members of clubs.”