R&A changes senior management for golf governance

The R&A has confirmed that Grant Moire is expected to become its Executive Director – Governance, as of January 1, 2023.

He will direct the governance responsibilities of the organization, including Rules of Golf, Amateur Status Rules and Handicap, succeeding David Rickmanwho has held this position since 1996. He will also liaise closely with the R&A Equipment Standards team, led by Professor Steve Otto.

Rickman will continue as chief of staff to the organization, a position he held in 2016 alongside his governance responsibilities, and will take on the additional responsibility of leading the development of the new R&A staff building in St Andrews West, a new transformation project scheduled to open in 2025. He will remain as Chief Referee for The Open and the AIG Women’s Open.

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Martin Slumbers, Managing Director of The R&A, said: “Grant is a great asset to our management team, having developed a deep understanding and specialist knowledge of our governance responsibilities, in particular the Rules of Golf, as well as the extensive experience in sports. since joining the R&A.

“I would also like to acknowledge David’s enormous contribution to leading our governance responsibilities over many years, during which the various rules of the sport were successfully modernized and he established a worldwide reputation as an expert in Our major championships will continue to benefit from his skills and expertise as Chief Referee, while he will also join the Board of R&A Rules Ltd which oversees our governance activity. new staff building is a major undertaking and will be in very good hands under David’s leadership.

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Grant Moir, said: “I am proud to take on this role at the R&A and look forward to continuing the vital work of the organization in all of our governance responsibilities as we seek to ensure the sport thrives for the pleasure of golfers at all levels. of the game both now and in the future. I have enjoyed working with David for many years and am grateful for his support and guidance.

Moir joined the R&A in 1994 and has worked extensively with the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status Committees for many years. Since 1996, he has been an integral part of working collaboratively with the USGA, helping to ensure that the rules are the same around the world.

He has played an important role ‘on the ropes’, first as a referee and then planning the course set-up for the Open since 2009 and the AIG Women’s Open since 2017, which he will continue to lead. have responsibility. He has umpired in other major championships around the world and was closely involved in the operation of the rules when golf returned to the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

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