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First national conference

Scottish golf’s key issues to be addressed

Blane Dodds

Blane Dodds resigned as Scottish Golf’s chief executive last month (pic: Craig Watson)

Over 500 delegates from across the country will gather in Edinburgh on Saturday for Scottish Golf’s first national conference.

The governing body’s ‘Future of Golf in Scotland’ event has created widespread interest from young and old across all levels of the game.

Being staged at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, the aim is to bring people together from across the golfing spectrum to address some of the key challenges facing the game, encouraging healthy debate to generate fresh thinking and new solutions.

Scottish Golf was plunged into chaos last month when chief executive Blane Dodds resigned after just over a year in the post to take up a similar position with Tennis Scotland, with the search for his successor ongoing.

The conference is part of Scottish Golf’s move to extend the consultation period on its new strategy, first outlined by Dodds just days before his shock departure, and will feature a number of other presenters and speakers discussing topics ranging from membership trends and insights, finance and digital innovation in golf.

Eleanor Cannon, Executive Chair for Scottish Golf, said: “We are delighted with the response from the Scottish golfing public to this first national conference and we are anticipating a very productive event at the EICC on Saturday.

“We are committed to our strategy of growing participation in golf and building stronger clubs. The conference gives us a wonderful opportunity to stimulate discussion on how we bring people together from across the game to achieve those strategic objectives, embrace positive change and look to the future.”

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