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PGA of GB&I Captaincy Honour for Scott

David Scott has been appointed Captain of The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland for 2025.

Birmingham, England: David Scott has admitted he was ‘lost for words’ after being invited to become Captain of The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) in 2025.

Scott, a hugely respected figure whose relationship with the Association goes back more than 40 years, has enjoyed a long, fulfilling career in the golf industry.

He represented Great Britain & Ireland in The PGA Cup in 1990, was Captain of the PGA in Scotland in 1999 and earned Master Professional status in 2018.

The opportunity to become Captain of The PGA of GB&I, however, will be, in his own words, ‘the crowning glory’.

Scott will take over the reins from Peter Laugher in 2025, who replaces current Captain Tim Rouse next year.

The popular 60-year-old will join a celebrated, decorated list of Captains which includes the likes of Sir Henry Cotton, Harry Vardon, JH Taylor, James Braid, Max Faulkner, Percy and Peter Alliss and Bernard Gallacher.

“I’m absolutely delighted, it’s a great honour,” said Scott. “Alan White (Chairman of The PGA of GB&I) approached me to say that the Board had recommended me for the position and he asked if I would consider it.

“Well, I would’ve bitten his hand off when he offered me the position. I couldn’t believe it. It’s not often I’m lost for words but I was on this occasion. You just have to look at the list of Past Captains that have served The PGA of GB&I to appreciate the stature of the position.

“One name, of course, who means a lot to me on that list is Jim Farmer (former PGA of GB&I and PGA Cup Captain). I immediately told Jim of the invitation and he was delighted for me. I’m sure he’ll have some nuggets of wisdom to share with me.”

Scott began his PGA journey as an assistant at Blairgowrie in 1982 before becoming the first ever professional at Letham Grange. He moved on to Balbirnie Park then became Director of Golf at Kingsbarns Golf Links.

Significant posts at the Duke’s Course and the Old Course Hotel, where he was Director of Operations, bolstered his reputation before he moved into his current position of General Manager at the flourishing Dumbarnie Links, the Fife course which has rapidly established itself as one of the jewels in the ‘home of golf’s’ crown.

“I’ve got The PGA of GB&I running through my veins,” added Scott. “In my time with the Association, I’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed some great moments. Representing my country as a player in The PGA Cup, for instance, was a massive honour.

“The captaincy, though, will be very different. To represent the thousands of PGA of GB&I Members we have is something I’ll cherish and I’ll dive in deep to continue to promote the brilliant work that The PGA of GB&I and its members do for golf.”

The PGA of GB&I continues to evolve and adapt in an ever-changing golfing landscape and Scott has watched the Association grow during a career that now spans five different decades.

“When I qualified, I had to re-shaft an iron and maybe add weight into a persimmon head,” he said. “There have been huge changes since then, of course. Now, it is so technically and digitally minded.

“We have a great online presence, too, for specialist areas. The PGA of GB&I has had to evolve to meet the demands of the market and we are still the number one name in golf. Maintaining and building that reputation is something I hope I can continue to help doing in my time as Captain.”

Commenting on Scott’s nomination as PGA of GB&I Captain for 2025 to 2026, Robert Maxfield, the Association’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to announce that David Scott will rightfully earn his place in the PGA of GB&I history books among some very notable names in golf as a PGA Captain.

“Throughout his four decades as a proud PGA of GB&I member, as a past PGA Cup player and as a former Captain of The PGA in Scotland, David has been a loyal and superb ambassador for the Association.

“His commitment and devotion to golf at all levels of the game earned David the status of PGA Master Professional, and with a wealth of golfing experience, I’m confident David will prove to be a very popular Captain amongst the membership.”

*The PGA of Great Britain & Ireland is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

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