A historic first for Links committee

Pat Sawers
Pat Sawers

The first female chair in the history of Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC) was voted in on 
Monday night.

In a momentous moment for the committee and the sport of golf, Patricia Sawers was elected to lead the organisation.

Currently the vice-chairman, Pat is set to succeed Gordon Wilson, becoming the first woman in history to take on the leading role.

The announcement comes at a time when several other high profile golf clubs have been embroiled in controversy over their stance on 
gender issues.

Muirfield, the venue of last year’s Open Championship came in for criticism recently as they don’t admit 
female members.

While the world famous Augusta National Golf Club, home of the US Masters has only just recently started to allow female golfers to become members.

But regardless of the historic nature of her appointment, Mrs Sawers is eager to get 
down to work.

She explained: “It is an absolute privilege to have been appointed chairman of Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee and I am looking forward to the challenges that I’m sure will present themselves over the coming months.

“With the help of my co-committee members we are committed to keeping Carnoustie Golf Links at the forefront of Scottish and international golf.”

Other officials elected at the same meeting include Bill Thompson, who becomes vice-chairman, John Gilbert, who was elected greens convener, and Gordon Murray, who is the new finance convener.