LOTHIANS legend George Macgregor is to become the next captain of the R&A – the day after its members vote on admitting women members.
The honour has been bestowed upon the Glencorse great by the past captains of the club and Macgregor will begin his year in office with the traditional drive-in ceremony on the first tee of the Old Course.
It is due to take place on Friday, September 19 - 24 hours after the St Andrews club holds a poll to determine whether women members will be permitted for the first time in its 260-year history.
Born in 1944 in Roslin, Macgregor is one of Scotland’s most successful amateur golfers, having underlined his potential when succeeding Bernard Gallacher as Lothians champion in 1968.
He represented Great Britain and Ireland on five occasions at the Walker Cup and also served as captain in 1991 and 1993.
His Scotland international career spanned 18 years and he won the Scottish Stroke Play Championship in 1982, the same year he reached the final of the Scottish Amateur Championship.
He has served on The R&A’s Championship, Amateur Status and Selection committees and has been the Director of Championships at the Scottish Golf Union since 2010. He was awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to amateur golf.
Macgregor, the Company Secretary of Dalmore Paper Mill until 2004, was captain of Glencorse in its centenary year in 1990 and has been a member of the R&A since 1997.
Currently playing off three, he is married to Christine and has two daughters, Fiona and Morag.