Vice captain appointment makes history at Crail

New captain David Maiden with new vice-captain Pam Smith.
New captain David Maiden with new vice-captain Pam Smith.

The world’s seventh oldest golf club, Crail Golfing Society, made history last week with the appointment of its first ever lady vice captain.

Crail resident Pam Smith was elected by an overwhelming majority of the members at the 2015 annual general meeting and the milestone appointment comes 229 years after the Society’s foundation in 1786.

Former captain David Maiden from Pittenweem was elected to take over the reins as captain for a second time, having held the position a decade earlier.

Both Pam and David bring a wealth of club experience to their roles, with Pam being a former captain of the ladies section of the society and having served on many club committees.

“Pam’s election is another great step forward for golf at Crail and takes us towards a new era,” said new captain Mr Maiden.

“It comes on top of another historic achievement at the society earlier this year, when 11 year old Anna Mackay became the youngest ever winner of the society’s ladies’ championship and the second youngest winner of a club championship in Scotland.”

Crail Golfing Society is a traditional members’ club, with over 1400 members in all corners of the globe, and also welcomes over 10,000 visitors each year.

The society has two courses: Balcomie Links, which was laid out by the legendary Tom Morris and opened in 1895, and Craighead Links, which was designed by the 2016 Olympics golf course designer Gil Hanse and opened in 1998.