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Scottish amateur golf could lose £1m

The amateur golf game in Scotland could lose £1 million in government funding if the amalgamation of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association does not go ahead.

A final proposal has been made to the country's 580 clubs to approve the radical change ahead of the planned union of the two governing bodies by October 1st.

Scotland, England, Ireland and South Africa are the only countries which have separate governing bodies for men's and women's amateur golf.

Hamish Grey, chief executive of the SGU, said: "You can never say definitely, but I think we'd be comfortable in saying that there is a significant likelihood of amalgamation happening."

It is hoped that the amalgamation will take amateur golf forward in Scotland and see more and more people donning their favourite golf clothing to take on the nation's picturesque courses.

The proposal requires a 75 per cent vote in favour of amalgamation in both bodies before the proposal of union can be officially adopted.

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