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Royal and Ancient GC announces new captain and honorary members

Gavin Caldwell (pictured), will serve as captain of the The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews for 2015/16. He will begin his year in office with the traditional driving-in ceremony on the first tee of the Old Course on Friday, 25 September.

A former trustee of Portmarnock Golf Club, Caldwell was club captain and chairman of the Walker Cup Committee when it hosted the 1991 match. He enjoyed a successful university golf career and is president of Dublin University Golfing Society, playing to a handicap of 12. He has been a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club since 1996 and lives in Howth, County Dublin with his family.

Also announced is honorary membership of the club for Sir Nick Faldo MBE and Sandy Lyle MBE. Both winners of the The Open Championship and the Masters Tournament they join fellow Open Champions Peter Thomson CBE, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Roberto de Vicenzo, Tony Jacklin CBE, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson in becoming honorary members.

Current captain George Macgregor OBE said, “Sir Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle have enjoyed long and successful careers and are wonderful ambassadors for golf around the world. They were instrumental in leading the resurgence of British golf and have undoubtedly been role models for subsequent generations of golfers. We are extremely pleased that they have accepted invitations to become honorary members of the club.”