Cuts At RCGA In Line With Outlined Plans

When Scott Simmons took over as Executive Director at the Royal Canadian Golf Association last year he promised a future for the group with more accountability and less bloat. It looks like they are on track.

Major meetings within the group a couple months back recreated the governance model, reducing the number of Governors (who are not paid but their expenses for RCGA functions were significant) by two thirds. That was just a start to the moves to reduce expense and another big step was taken yesterday.

In a November 10th memo to the provincial golf associations Scott Simmons announced that eight positions within the organization had been eliminated and one new hire had been completed.

The reductions included the Managing Director – Communications and Government Relations, the Managing Director of Membership, an account manager, a couple administrative assistants and some support staff for the web page and mail operations.

In the memo Simmons cited the RCGA’s focus on achieving its goals for the Vision 2010 Strategic Plan as the reason behind the staff reduction. Tha plan focuses the RCGA on being a more effective and financially sustainable organization.

With this plan in mind the RCGA also made a new hire. Peri Luel joins them as the Chief Commercial Offer. His mission will be revenue building for both the Men’s and Women’s Open Championships along with a number of other related duties.

Overall, it is a strong move in line with the “new look” of the RCGA. I commend them for these efforts but as we know, there is a lot of work left to do.

It should be interesting to see what the association looks like in two years time.

Even bigger new to add re: the RCGA…

The PGA Tour released their partial 2009 schedule today and it looks as if the RBC Canadian Open will have some breathing room between major championships and World Championship events. The Buick Open is now scheduled immediately after the RBC Canadian Open, leaving another week where players can choose a break before playing the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Inviational followed by the PGA Championship. That could boost the RBC field although the players will still be returning from the British Open.

For comparison:

2008 PGA Tour Schedule
July 17-20 British Open Championship/U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
July 24-27 RBC Canadian Open
July 31-August 03 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational/Reno-Tahoe Open
August 7-10 PGA Championship

2009 PGA Tour Schedule
July 13-19 British Open Championship/U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
July 20-26 RBC Canadian Open
July 27-August 2 – Buick Open
August 3-9 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational/Reno-Tahoe Open
August 10-16 PGA Championship

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