The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

Sports governing bodies in Scotland

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Vagliano Trophy: a biennial womens amateur team competition contested by Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe.

Gordon Brown calls on R&A golf club to admit female members.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews itself is now simply agolf clubalthough membership is by invitation only. It has 2,400 members from all over the world. Although the clubhouse is situated just behind the first tee of theOld Course, the club does not own any of the St Andrewscourses, despite the common misconception, and must share the tee times with members of other local clubs, residents and visitors alike. Responsibility for the management of the courses is undertaken by theSt Andrews LinksTrust, a charitable organization that owns and runs seven golf courses at St Andrews.

Ladies Senior British Open Amateur Championship: for female amateurs aged 50 or over on the first day of competition.

Curtis Cup: a biennial womens amateur team competition contested by Great Britain & Ireland and the United States (also co-organised with the United States Golf Association).

The R&A founded what is now theOfficial World Golf Rankingfor maleprofessionalsin 1986, and theWorld Amateur Golf Rankingfor male amateurs in 2007.

Walker Cup: a biennial mens amateur team competition contested by Great Britain & Ireland and the United States (co-organised with theUnited States Golf Association).

Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship: similar to the above, except conducted exclusively at stroke play.

The two bodies also collaborate on the corresponding rule interpretative work, Decisions on the Rules of Golf, which is reviewed on a two-year cycle.[8]Additionally, the R&A is involved in formulating technical specifications forgolfing equipment. Steve Otto is the technical director at the R&A. The R&A is based in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

St Andrews Golf Blog – Information on golf in St Andrews and the surrounding area

The R&A is also involved in the organisation of the two World Amateur Team Championships theEisenhower Trophyfor men and theEspirito Santo Trophyfor women through its role in theInternational Golf Federation.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (but not The R&A) had a male-only membership policy; in 2012, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the club to abandon this in favour of a non-discriminatory policy,[2]as didLouise Richardson; thePrincipalandVice-Chancellorof theUniversity of St Andrews.[3]

The R&A is theruling authorityof golf throughout the world except the United States and Mexico, where this responsibility rests with theUnited States Golf Association(USGA). It works in collaboration with national amateur and professional golf organisations in more than 110 countries.

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Ladies Home International: a team competition for women from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (also All-Ireland).

The R&A cooperates with the USGA in producing and regularly revising theRules of Golf, and the two bodies have issued the rules jointly since 1952. The Rules of Golf are revised on a four-year cycle and with the revision that became effective on 1 January 2012 for the first time a single common set of Rules applied throughout the world.[7]

The Amateur Championship: which was one of the four major championships before the professional game became dominant and is still one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments in the world.

Seniors Open Amateur Championship: for male amateurs aged 55 or over on the first day of competition.

St Andrews Trophy: a biennial mens amateur team competition contested by Great Britain & Ireland and theContinent of Europe.

Professional Golfers Association of America

The R&A organises 21 championships and international matches. After theLadies Golf Union, the former governing body for womens golf in Great Britain and Ireland, merged into The R&A in late 2016, The R&A took over organisation of all events formerly under the auspices of the LGU.

Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2012-2013, as approved and published by The R&A and the United States Golf Association.

Sports governing bodies in the United Kingdom

Royal and Ancient Golf Club votes to accept women members.

On 18 September 2014, the club voted in favour of admitting female members.[4]In February 2015 the clubs first female honorary members were announced Anne, Princess RoyalLaura DaviesRenee PowellBelle RobertsonLally SegardAnnika S├ÂrenstamandLouise Suggs.[5]At that time the club also announced, In addition to the honorary members, a number of women have been admitted as members of the club with more set to follow in the coming months.[5]Also in 2015, Lady Bonallack became the first woman to take part in a match as a member of the club; specifically, she was the first woman to play in the clubs annual match against the Links Trust.[6]

The Girls British Open Amateur Championship: for girls under the age of 18 at midnight on 1 January of the relevant year.

Category B listed buildings in Fife

Museum of the University of St Andrews

Ladies Senior Home Internationals: a team competition for women aged 50 and above from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (also All-Ireland).

Professional Golfers Association (Great Britain and Ireland)

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The organisation was founded in 1754 as theSociety of St Andrews Golfers, a localgolf clubplaying atSt Andrews Links, but quickly grew in importance. In 1834,King William IVbecame its patron and the club became known under its present name. In 1897, the Society codified therules of golf, and, gradually over the next 30 years, was invited to take control of the running of golf tournaments at other courses.

Boys Amateur Championship: for boys under the age of 18 at midnight on 1 January of the relevant year.

Junior Open Championships: for boys and girls under the age of 16 at 00.00 hours on 1 January of the relevant year.

Junior Vagliano Trophy: a biennial girls amateur team competition contested by Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe.

Sports clubs established in the 1750s

Use British English from February 2014

R&A website, including the Rules and Decisions of Golf

Coronation Foursomes: a team competition for womens club golfers in Great Britain & Ireland, open to any (female) member of an affiliated golf club with an official handicap of 36 or under.

Womens British Open: one of the fivemajor championshipsin womens golf. The2017 editionwas the first to be organised by the R&A.

The history of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

Jacques Lglise Trophy: an annual boys amateur team competition contested by Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe. In years when the St Andrews Trophy is held, the Lglise Trophy is held in conjunction with it at the same venue.

Senior Open Championship: for men aged 50 and above. Amajor championshiponPGA Tour Championsand theEuropean Senior Tour.

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BBC Sport – Princess Royal among first women to join St Andrews.

Pinehurst And St. Andrews Form Lasting Bond. Pinehurst Resort. 11 April 2005

Boys Home Internationals: a team competition for boys from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, with the Irish team selected on anAll-Irelandbasis.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

The Rules of Golf 2012-2015, 32nd edition as approved and published by The R&A and United States Golf Association.

Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrewsis the oldest and most prestigiousgolfclub in the world. It is based inSt AndrewsFifeScotland, and is regarded as the worldwideHome of Golf.Formerly, it was also one of the governing authorities of the game, but in 2004 this role was handed over to a newly formed group of companies, collectively known as

The Open Championship: one of the fourmajor championshipsin mens golf.

American Society of Golf Course Architects

Girls Home Internationals: a team competition for girls from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (also All-Ireland).

Donnelly, Brian (12 May 2015).First female takes part in golf match as R&A member.

Ladies British Open Amateur Championship: one of the most prestigious womens amateur tournaments in the world.

The R&A formerly organised the British Mid Amateur Championship for amateurs aged 25 and over. This tournament was introduced to provide an elite competition for golfers who never turn professional, as the main Amateur Championship is dominated by future professionals in their late teens and early twenties, but The R&A discontinued it after its 2007 edition. In 2016, the event was relaunched with the blessing of The R&A as a new event on the Mid Amateur Golf Tour, which began operation in 2011 as a Great Britain-only circuit for mid-amateur golfers, though with a lower age limit of 35 instead of 25.

Crouse, Karen (11 July St. Andrews, a Heavy Knock on a Neighbors Door.

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