Farmer joins PGA honorary members

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WELL-KNOWN St Andrews-born golfer Jim Farmer has been elected as an honorary member of the Professional Golfers’ Association.

A former captain of the PGA - he completed his two-year term of office earlier this year - he is part of an illustrious group to be awarded the prestigious honorary title, including Peter Alliss, John Jacobs, Dave Thomas and Tommy Horton.

Jim joined a select band of Scottish golfers, including the legendary James Braid, when he was appointed to the ambassadorial role of captain of the PGA in 2009 - another in a long line of accolades which have come his way.

On hearing the news of his honorary membership, he told the Citizen: ”I am thrilled to bits. This is a tremendous honour and to join the likes of John Jacobs and Dave Thomas makes it even more special.”

REPUTATION

During a career in golf spanning more than four decades, Jim has established an enviable reputation as a player, coach and administrator.

Honorary professional to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews - only the fifth incumbent in a distinguished list when he was appointed in 2006 - last year, on the eve of the 139th Open Championship, he received the University Medal from St Andrews University, one of the highest honours the institution can bestow, in recognition of his lifetime achievements and outstanding contribution to the town and the game of golf.

Away from the playing arena, he established himself as a successful Scottish national coach, chaired the Scottish Regional Committee, was a member of the PGA executive committee and PGA Board and also operated his own golf shop in St Andrews for many years.

ACCOLADES

He has collected a host of accolades in honour of his contribution to golf including PGA Master Professional status and the PGAs of Europe Five Star Professional award, joining legends Bernhard Langer and the late Seve Ballesteros who have held the latter.

To many in St Andrews he is “Mr Golf” and he has coached and mentored generations of amateurs and professionals.

In 2009 he spoke of the “huge honour” when he was made a life member of St Andrews Golf Club – the club he joined as a teenager.

He represented Great Britain and Ireland in four PGA Cups - appearing on the losing side just once - and returned to captain GB&I to success against America at The K Club in 2005 to end a run of more than 20 years without a win.