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Shock as Grey departs

Scottish Golf chief executive leaves his role by ‘mutual agreement’

By Michael McEwan

Hamish Grey has stepped down as the chief executive of Scottish Golf – only three months after he was appointed to lead the newly amalgamated organisation.

The 48-year-old New Zealander’s shock departure was announced in a short statement by Scottish Golf, with both parties keen to stress that the decision had been reached by mutual agreement.

“I have enjoyed my time in Scottish Golf immensely and look back on my time with great pride,” said Grey. “I have been very fortunate to work with many dedicated people, volunteer and executive, throughout this time and their commitment to Scottish Golf has been an inspiration.

“Amalgamation is now achieved. Scottish Golf in is good health and has an excellent base from which the new Board can consider the future strategy for golf in Scotland. It is therefore timely for me to seek a new challenge.”

Grey succeeded the late Ian Hume at the helm of the now dissolved Scottish Golf Union and helped steer the body through some significant challenges. These included the aftermath of the ill-fated Scottish Golf National Centre project at Drumoig in the early years of his tenure and a failed first attempt to amalgamate the SGU with the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association in 2011.

Eleanor Cannon, the chair of Scottish Golf, said: “Hamish leaves Scottish Golf with our thanks for a significant contribution to the game in Scotland over a number of years and with our best wishes for the future.

“The new Board of Scottish Golf will engage our clubs and our members and put in place the leadership we believe is required to help bring about the change we want to see in the game in Scotland. The excellent work undertaken by the wider team at Scottish Golf goes on and we look forward to working with them.”

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