Carnoustie Golf Links has appointed its first-ever female chairman.
Pat Sawers was elected to lead the organisation by representatives of six clubs that use of the publicly-owned links.
In doing so, the nine-handicapper will follow in the footsteps of her uncle, who held the same post in 1979.
Her appointment is also good news for golf’s wider image as a sport open to and equal to both genders, particularly in light of the controversy surrounding last year’s Open Championship at male-only Muirfield.
“I’m simply overjoyed to represent Carnoustie as chairman,” said Sawers. “The links is in my blood, has been a significant part of my family’s life and is something I’m extremely proud to be associated with.”
Sawers, whose father served on the Carnnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC) as Greens Convenor, has been a season ticket holder at Carnoustie and a member of the oldest functioning ladies golf club in the world, Carnoustie Ladies, since 1997.
"I am honoured to have been elected" - Pam Sawers
She subsequently became captain of the ladies club in 2010, the same year she joined the CGLMC. A year later, she was appointed PR convenor and was elected vice chairman in 2012.
Sawers added: “With the Amateur Championship returning in 2015, I’m taking over at the start of another exciting chapter in the history of our great links, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to the coming years.”
“Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee has a first-class board of directors, with a wealth of experience. I am honoured to have been elected.”
The CCGLMC has managed the golf courses in the Angus town since 1901, aside from a brief, 12-year period between 1967 and 1979 during which the town council had control.
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