For David Roy, the general manager at the Crail Golfing Society, the classic links in the East Neuk of Fife, an article written by Mike Clayton of Australian golf fame struck a chord. Clayton, who nowadays doubles as a golf course architect-cum-commentator, had noted how often he had seen a golf club ruined by its committee. One way and another, it reminded Roy of a comment from one of Crail’s recent past captains. On stepping down, he mentioned that he did not want to see committees of the future as the preserve of nothing other than grey-haired gentlemen.
Roy has spent 25 years as a club manager. Having served three different clubs in that time, he is as well-placed as anyone to comment on the qualities required for a member to be elected to lead a club. In 2016, he oversaw a breaking of 230 years of tradition as Crail became the oldest club (it’s the sixth oldest in the world) to appoint a woman captain, one Pam Smith. The members approved 100 percent. And they did the same again in choosing the 27-year-old Max Baillie this time...
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