GUI empowers clubs and embraces major change

Following a number of key decisions made by the Golfing Union of Ireland at their Annual General Meeting today the Union will continue its drive towards a modern and innovative structure for the game of golf in Ireland.

Empowering clubs to direct the future of the Union is chief among the changes agreed at today’s AGM. In another significant move that reflects the progressive culture within the GUI, Irish team captain positions are now open to external candidates. 
 
Affiliated Clubs of the GUI will now be invited to attend and vote upon the appointment of the Board, Trustees and Auditor of the GUI as well as the adoption of the financial accounts, amendments to the Rules of the Union and matters relating to the existence of the Union and the creation of any new governing body for golf. 
 
This move sees the dissolution of Central Council.
Speaking about the historic decision, Chairman of the Board Iggy Ó Muircheartaigh said: “I very much welcome the passing of the motion today which is a move towards increased participation, engagement and democracy within the Golfing Union of Ireland. The decision today allows our member clubs more of a say in the way in which the Union is governed”.
 
Each club will be entitled to send two delegates to the new-look AGM where weighted ballots will be cast by clubs in correspondence with the current provisions for delegate representation in the Constitution, and the method of weighted voting will be replicated at Branch meetings.
Notices of Motion with national relevance, but not relevant to the matters listed above, will be voted on at all four branch Annual Delegate Meetings. The count of votes at each meeting will be submitted to the CEO for tabulation of the overall outcome.
 
The first such Annual General Meeting of the Golfing Union of Ireland will take place on or before the end of February 2018. The date and venue will be confirmed in due course.
From 2018 onwards, the appointment of Irish Team Captains at Boys, Senior and Seniors level will be open to external applications with the focus on competency. The GUI Board will appoint each Team Captain.
 
KEY CHANGES
1.     Each Affiliated Club will be entitled to send two delegates to the GUI AGM and vote on issues of national relevance
2.     Ireland team captain positions are now open to external candidates
3.     Dissolution of the GUI’s Central Council