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Joy Named CEO Of England Golf

by Colin Callander - January 28, 2013

David Joy has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer for England Golf. The current Director of Derbyshire Sport will take up the post in April six months after his predecessor, John Petrie, resigned.

Joy was born in Stoke-on-Trent and spent the first eight years of his career working as a PE teacher and Head of PE before taking up a national development role with England Volleyball. He also spent six years as Chief Executive of Scottish Athletics before moving to Derbyshire Sport in 2005. He is a keen golfer and until recently was a member of Trentham Park Golf Club in his home town.

David Joy

The new CEO has dealt extensively with England Sport and other national governing bodies and his experience in that area is seen as invaluable as England Golf strives to secure funding moving forward.

“We are delighted that David has agreed to join us,” said England Golf’s chairman, Nigel Evans. “His extensive experience in the governance of sport and working with a variety of stakeholders, including legislative and parliamentary bodies, will be extremely valuable. We are looking forward to David using that experience to bring future development and further growth to England Golf.”

North of the border, Beth Paterson, a member of Eastwood Golf Club near Glasgow, is the new Chairman of the Scottish Ladies’ Goling Association. She replaces LGU CEO, Shona Malcolm, who stepped down after four years in the post. Paterson’s appointment comes at the end of a month in which Tom Craig, chairman of the Scottish Golf Union, indicated that the proposed amalgamation between the SGU and the SLGA was back on track.

Craig told Bunkered magazine that a joint working group had met to re-open discussions. “We haven’t set any timetable,” he said. “The committee has been asked to try to look at what timetable might be possible but, given that it only met for the first time last week, it’s rather early doors.” The original proposal to merge the two bodies failed in May 2011 after the SGU’s shareholders, comprising the 16 area associations, rejected it by 10 votes to six.

England Golf has announced that its Under-18, Under-15 and Under-13 Girls’ Championships are all to become open events with immediate effect.

The change, publicised in the Championships area of England Golf’s website, means that the three Girls’ events will be brought in line with the Boys’ Under-18, Under-16 and under-14 Stroke Play events. It will open the events to leading players from other countries but could also have a detrimental effect on higher handicap English players, who traditionally used the events to gain national experience, but might now be balloted out.

This year’s English Girls’ Open Amateur Championship is to be played at Oake Manor Golf Club, Somerset, on July 30 – August 1. The Under-15 and Under-13 Championships will be played at the same time at Tiverton Golf Club, also in Somerset.

Veteran Scottish golf writer, Colin Farquharson, has launched a new Scottish Ladies’ Open Tour, designed to give playing opportunities to professionals and single figure amateurs.

SLOT is to be sponsored by the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre and is also supported by the R&A, Stewart Spence, owner of the Marcliffe Hotel at Pitfodels, and Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management.

Farquharson established SLOT to give fledgling women professionals and promising young amateurs a “training ground” to prepare for a try at the LET QSchool.

“Last year, we did not get any Scots, pros or amateurs, through the Q-School.” he said. “A lot of the girls simply don’t get enough chance to hone their competitive skills and that’s an issue we hope SLOT can address.

“We must avoid clashing with any of the Ladies European Tour Access Series events (also open to professionals and low handicap amateurs) because we would hope to attract entries from that class of player,” added Farquharson.

“And we don’t want to clash with LET events so that Kylie Walker, Clare Queen, Carly Booth and Pamela Pretswell (by my reckoning the only Scots with full LET playing rights) can play on home turf.”

The SLOT schedule will comprise approximately 13 18-hole events culminating with a 36-hole Tour Championship in October. The entry fee is to be set at £50 for the regular events and £100 for the Tour Championship, with the proceeds, plus a contribution from the sponsors, all going towards the prize fund. There will also be a SLOT Order of Merit, with the winner receiving an all-expenses paid trip to next year’s LET Q-School in Morocco.

All the events will be held in Scotland but will be open to players from other countries.

Defending champions, Charterhouse, face Rossall in the first round of the 2013 Halford Hewitt, played at Royal Cinque Ports and Royal St George’s on April 11-14.

Last year, Charterhouse, situated in Godalming, Surrey, defeated 2000 champions, Epsom, 32 in an engrossing final to claim its 16th victory in this annual event. This year, Epsom start out with a first round match against Wrekin while 2012 losing semi-finalists, Eton and Radley, play Marlborough and King’s Canterbury respectively. Tonbridge begins its quest for a sixth title in 12 years with a first round match against Bradfield.

The Halford Hewitt, organised by the Public Schools’ Golfing Society, was established back in 1924 and has developed into one of the largest and most prestigious events on the amateur calendar.

The event, played each year in foursomes format over the same two Kent courses, features teams of 10 former pupils from 64 of the leading British public schools. Eton won three out of the first four events but has not prevailed since 1989.

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