Kingsbarns manager moving to pastures new

General Manager Stuart McEwen of Kingsbarns Golf Links.

General Manager Stuart McEwen of Kingsbarns Golf Links.

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Kingsbarns Golf Links’ general manager for the past decade is moving on.

Stuart McEwen, who has held the post since early 2000, said this week that he was proud of the international acclaim Kingsbarns has achieved under his leadership.

From its opening in July 2000, it has consistently been ranked among the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World and has hosted 10 Alfred Dunhill Links Championships.

Stuart told the Citizen: “The past decade has gone by very quickly.

‘‘We have a first class management team here and I’m grateful to have been part of everything they have achieved. However, from a personal standpoint, I have accomplished what I set out to do.

‘‘With the 10th anniversary celebration last year and our strong involvement with the Open Championship, I feel that I have reached a professional crossroad.

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‘‘While Kingsbarns is a very special place to which I shall often return, I’m looking forward to the challenge of developing the next stage of my career.”

Art Dunkley, Kingsbarns co-founder and owner, said he had accepted Stuart’s decision ‘‘with reluctance.’’

He added: “Stuart’s careful leadership and congenial style made Kingsbarns everything it has come to be.

‘‘I know I speak for everyone who has had the pleasure of working for and with Stuart when I say he will be profoundly missed.

‘‘Personally, I thank him for his absolute dedication to Kingsbarns and for the pleasure of working with him.”

Stuart will be continuing in his current role for three months while the company arranges a successor.