New captain for Crail Golfing Society

Jim Mc Arthur

Renowned Scottish golf administrator Jim
McArthur, a fomer Chairman of the R&A Championship Committee that administers the Open Championship, is the new captain at Crail Golfing
Society.

McArthur, 69, takes over from Pam Smith, the first woman ever to captain the 232-year-old Society, who finished her term at the end of 2018.

Elected at the dociety’s annual general meeting at the end of last year, McArthur has been vice-captain for the last two years and on the committee for the last four, serving as House and Property Convenor and Social Convenor.

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Based in St Andrews, Jim is also currently the deputy chairman of the R&A’s General Committee.   

He is a former captain of the New Golf Club of St Andrews, where he is a past champion, and is also captain of the New Club Edinburgh Golfing Society.

Crail Balcomie

“It’s a great honour to be captain of the seventh oldest golf club in the world,” said Jim. “The Society has gone from strength to strength, especially over the last four years, and I’m looking forward to the next two years with great pleasure.”

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Crail Golfing Society was founded in 1786 and remains a traditional member-controlled club with over 1,400 members around the globe.  

The Society has two courses: Balcomie Links, which was laid out by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1895; and the Craighead Links, which was designed by Gil Hanse and opened in 1998. Craighead Links will be the venue for the Scottish Amateur Championship in August this year.

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