Governance & Organisation
The member federations appoint the Board Members to govern the International Golf Federation. The Board Members are appointed in the following way:
- National Federation Members – four Board Members
- R&A – one Board Member
- USGA – one Board Member
- IGF Administrative Committee – two Board Members
- Professional Members – five Board Members
- PGA Tour– one Board Member
- European Tour – one Board Member
- LPGA – one Board Member
- PGA of America – one Board Member
- IGF Executive Committee – one Board Member
- IGF President – ex officio Board member
- IGF Vice President – ex officio Board member
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The IGF Board maintains a strategic focus in its governance of golf. However, the responsibility for implementing the strategic plan and managing International Golf Federation’s operating activities rests with the Executive Director.
The Audit Committee is responsible for the oversight of financial integrity, internal controls, risk management, staff remuneration and external audit. The members of this Committee are nominated by the IGF Board.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the approval of Professional Membership, the oversight of the organisation of the golf competition at the Olympic Games and the financing of the IGFs activities undertaken by the Executive Committee.
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The Administrative Committee is responsible for the approval of National Federation Membership, the oversight of the organisation of the golf competition at the Youth Olympic Games and the World Amateur Team Championships and the financing of the IGFs activities undertaken by the Executive Committee. The Committee also oversees the interaction between National Federation Members and National Olympic Committees.
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The IGF constitution was agreed by the National Members Federations at the 2010 Biennial meeting in Buenos Aires.
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Anti – Doping & Medical
The Anti-Doping and medical function facilitates the activities of the IGF Medical Committee and the IGF Anti-Doping Committee. The IGF Medical Committee provides medical advice to the IGF and deals with all medical issues enabling or encouraging participation in Golf as a safe and healthy sport. The IGF Anti-Doping Committee advises the IGF on all matters relating to Anti-doping and ensures that the IGF and events under its authority are complaint with the World Anti-Doping Code.
The International Golf Federation recognises the importance of the rights and obligations of our athletes. The Athletes function acts a consultative body and link between active athletes and ensures that their interests are protected.
The Communications function is the face and voice of the IGF. Its role is to educate audiences about the sport of golf, highlight the development initiatives already underway and planned for the future, and shine the spotlight on the world of the Olympics and the aspirational and inspirational qualities it evokes, for players and fans of the game.
The Commercial function supports the Commercial Committee and is responsible for revenue-raising and new business activities for the International Golf Federation.
Development & Sport For All
The IGF’s Development & Sport For All function’s role is the development of golf, from grassroots to the highest levels with the aim of inspiring future players and fans to play golf and increase participation in the sport.
The Executive Director leads the Executive Office. This supports the business on all strategic projects, manages our financial accounts, works on all legal matters and is responsible for recruitment, payroll, and business administration. Together with the Functional Leads and International Golf Federation staff, the Executive Director’s role is to work closely with all of Golf’s stakeholders to provide effective management and leadership for international Golf. The Executive Director reports to the IGF President.
The Olympic Games function (OGF) provides support to the Operations Committee. It works closely with each Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) to ensure that all elements of the golf venue and the field of play conform to IGF technical standards. OGF also oversees the overall service provision to IGF personnel and Technical Officials at the competition venues to enable them to conduct their Games time role, in support of the competition. At Games time, the IGF will oversee the running of the Olympic event in conjunction with the OCOG and provide the focal point for OCOG contact in relation to competition issues.
The International Golf Federation is committed to sustainability. The Sustainability function is responsible for promoting practises in sustainable design and construction of golf courses. It also ensures in-bed sustainability within the operations of the organisation and that all activities and related events of the IGF provide positive examples of sustainability in practice.
World Amateur Teams Championships
The World Amateur Teams Championships is held biennially and the role of this function is to ensure the successful delivery of this event working with the host national federation members of the IGF.
Youth Olympics & Multi-Sport Events Function
The Youth Olympics & Multi-Sport Events function provides and facilitates the appropriate technical advice and support to the organising committees of the Youth Olympic Games and multi-sport events.