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IGF Structure 2021 - Governance

IGF Board

The member federations appoint the Board Members to govern the International Golf Federation. The IGF Board is currently composed of 10 members who convene regularly. They are responsible for planning, organisation, financing and general oversight of the IGF.

The Board Members are appointed in the following way:

  • National Federation Members – four Board Members
    • The 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

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.
View the current IGF Board members.

Audit & Risk Committee

The Audit & Risk Committee is a committee of the Board responsible for corporate governance and the oversight of financial strategies and integrity, internal controls, risk management and audit. The members of this Committee are nominated by the IGF Board.

View the Audit & Risk Committee members and the Charter (see chapter 3).

Remunerations Committee

This is a committee of the Board to assist and advise the Board to fulfil its responsibility on matters relating to the compensation, bonuses incentives and remuneration of the Executive Director (ED) and the IGF’s staff. The Committee shall also review and advise the Board on the succession plans for the ED and IGF staff.

View the Remuneration Committee members and the Charter (see chapter 3).

Executive Committee

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.

View the Executive Committee members.

Administrative Committee

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 IGF's activities undertaken by the Administrative Committee. The Committee also oversees the interaction between National Federation Members and National Olympic Committees. 

View the Administrative Committee members.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is appointed by, and has delegated responsibility from, the IGF Board to determine that an appropriate and transparent process is in place for the effective succession planning and renewal of the IGF Board and IGF Women’s Chairman. A key responsibility is to recommend to the Board individuals for nomination for election to the Board and for appointment to the Committees of the Board (including this Committee) after making sure they fully comply with the IGF Constitution and embrace the IGF values.

Nominations Committee members are appointed by the IGF Board in advance of any appointment or vacancy.

View the Nominations Committee's charter (see chapter 3)

Ad-Hoc Standing Committees

Ad-hoc Standing Committees can be established on a short term basis for specific purposes.


IGF Integrity Unit

The Integrity Unit shall, upon request of the Head of the IGF Integrity Unit, conduct an investigation into the activities of any Participant that it believes may have committed a Violation of an IGF Policy. Such investigation may be conducted in conjunction with relevant competent national or international authorities (including criminal, administrative, professional and/or judicial authorities) and all Participants must co-operate fully with such investigations. The IGF Integrity Unit shall have discretion, where it deems it appropriate, to stay its own investigation pending the outcome of investigations conducted by other competent authorities.

Following an investigation, the IGF Integrity Unit shall provide the Head of the IGF Integrity Unit with a report including the findings and facts, the conclusion and recommendation(s) of its investigation.

The principle of confidentiality shall be strictly respected by the IGF Integrity Unit in all their activities. It must also be strictly respected by any person concerned by the activities of the IGF Integrity.

Head of the IGF Integrity Unit

The role of the Head of the IGF Integrity Unit is to examine possible breaches of the IGF Code of Ethics, the IGF Safeguarding Participants from Harassment and Abuse Policy, the IGF Code of Conduct for Tournament Personnel, the IGF Code of Conduct for Athletes and Athletes Support Personnel, the IGF Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of competitions, any IGF policy or the IOC Olympic Charter, except any anti-doping related matters which would be investigated by the International Testing Agency (ITA).

Not every breach of the above-mentioned Codes must be the subject of a formal investigation and determination.

The procedure used will be determined by the nature and the seriousness of the breach. In some cases, the Head of the IGF Integrity Unit will appoint the IGF Integrity Unit to investigate the facts and material relevant to the allegation(s).

Should the IGF Integrity Unit, respectively the IGF Safeguarding Officer for incidents of harassment and abuse, have determined that there is a case to answer, the Head of the IGF Integrity Unit shall decide to refer, at his sole discretion, the case to the IGF Tribunal for hearing.

In the course of its inquiry, the Head of the IGF Integrity Unit is entitled to benefit of legal counsel or other activities.

The Head of the IGF Integrity Unit is a person trained to be the point of contact for a person reporting a complaint under, or a breach of an IGF policy. He/she is also the person in charge of the IGF Whistleblowing Channel and is skilled at providing impartial and confidential support to the person reporting.

IGF Tribunal

The IGF Tribunal is operationally independent. This means that:

• Board members, staff members, committee members, consultants and officials of the IGF or its membership as well as any person involved in the investigation and pre-adjudication of the matter cannot be appointed as members and/or clerks (to the extent that such clerk is involved in the deliberation process and/or drafting of any decision) of the IGF Tribunal.

• The IGF Tribunal shall be in a position to conduct the hearing and decision-making process without interference from the IGF or any third party.

The objective is to ensure that members of the IGF Tribunal or individuals otherwise involved in the decision of the IGF Tribunal, are not involved in the investigation of, or decisions to proceed with, the case.

The types of disputes that IGF Tribunal can hear and decide include:

· IGF Code of Ethics violations
· IGF Safeguarding Participants from Harassment and Abuse Policy violations
· IGF Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions
· IGF Code of Conduct for Athletes and Athletes Support Personnel violations
· IGF Code of Conduct for Tournament Support Personnel violations
· Caddie Regulations’ Policy violations
· IOC Olympic Charter violations
· Any other matter referred to the IGF Tribunal by the IGF

For IGF Anti-Doping Policy violations, Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Anti-Doping Division will be the tribunal in charge and will comply with the IGF Anti-Doping Policy, World Anti-Doping Code and International Standard for Results Management.

IGF Appeals Panel

The IGF Appeals Panel shall hear appeals filed by a Participant that has been penalised by a decision of the IGF Tribunal.

Appeals against decisions of the CAS Anti-Doping Division related to anti-doping violations may be lodged by the International Testing Agency (ITA) exclusively to the CAS Appeals Division.

Appeals against decisions of Technical Officials or IGF Chief Referees made during a competition are dealt with in accordance with The R&A/USGA Rules of Golf and are not subject to appeal to the IGF Appeals Panel.

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