R&A captain will continue in his role for another year for the first time since 1830s

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that Clive Edginton will continue as captain for 2020/21.
Clive Edginton - pic by Alan RichardsonClive Edginton - pic by Alan Richardson
Clive Edginton - pic by Alan Richardson

Mr Edginton took office last September as captain for 2019/20 but due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic the past captains of the club have nominated him to continue as captain for another year from September 2020.

This is only the second occasion since the club was founded in 1754 that a captain has served two successive terms.

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The first was Major John Murray Belshes, who held the position in 1835 and 1836.

Mr Edginton said, “It is an honour to be captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and I feel very privileged to be asked to continue in the role. This is a difficult time for all of us in the midst of this pandemic but I am happy that I can continue to serve the Club as we look positively to the future.”

Mr Edginton became a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1997.

He served on the Rules of Golf Committee from 2000 to 2004 and was its deputy chairman from 2002 to 2004 and was chairman of the amateur status committee from 2007 to 2011 during which time The R&A and the USGA produced the first unified amateur status code.

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He was elected to the general committee of the club in 2014 and became chairman of the general committee and of the R&A’s principal companies.

Aged 68, Mr Edginton currently plays to a handicap of eight. He is married to Debbie.

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