English Golf Union
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|English Golf Union
|Headquarters||National Golf Centre,
Woodhall Spa, Lincs.
The English Golf Union is the governing body for men's and boys' amateur golf in England. It represents over 1,900 golf clubs with over 740,000 members and is affiliated to The R&A, which is the global governing body of golf outside the United States and Mexico.
The English Golf Union was founded in 1924 and is based at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. It is a non-profit making organisation and is funded mainly by affiliation fees paid by golfers as part of their club membership fee. It organises individual and team championships for all age groups from boys to seniors, including the flagship English Amateur Championship (a match play event), and the English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (the Brabazon Trophy). (These events are less prestigious than the equivalent events run on an all-Britain & Ireland basis by The R&A.) It also runs the handicapping system for men's golf in England and works to increase the interest and participation in golf among adults and juniors.