Scottish Golf, the amateur governing body, is seeking a third chief executive in 18 months after Blane Dodds resigned from his post today.

The shock announcement comes barely six weeks before member clubs were set to vote on a new strategy aiming to generate more income following a reduction in government funding.

Contentious plans to more than double the annual subscription members pay from £11.25 to £24 to help fund Scottish Golf’s plans has been greeted with hostility in many quarters.

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Dodds took over the reins of the amalgamated body from Hamish Grey in March 2016. Eleanor Cannon, the chairperson of Scottish Golf, is set to take over on a temporary basis.