NOMINATION OF THE CAPTAIN FOR THE YEAR 2010-2011

Press Release: NOMINATION OF THE CAPTAIN FOR THE YEAR 2010-2011

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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

For Immediate Publication, Wednesday 5 May 2010.

NOMINATION OF THE CAPTAIN FOR THE YEAR 2010-2011

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick (Paddy) Hine GCB GBE as Captain for the year 2010-2011. Each year the Past Captains meet to confer upon the nomination and the announcement was made today at the Club’s May Business Meeting. The new Captain will assume office later this year following the traditional driving in ceremony on Thursday 23 September.

Paddy Hine became a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1995. A distinguished Amateur golfer, he was an England Boy International in 1948 and 1949 and won the Hampshire County Championship, the Carris Trophy and the Brabazon Trophy in 1949.

He joined the Royal Air Force in 1950 and trained as a jet fighter pilot. He was a member of No 111 Squadron’s famous Black Arrows formation aerobatic team from 1957-59. Perhaps the most noteworthy performance by the Black Arrows was the celebrated loop and barrel roll of 22 Hunter aircraft during the 1958 Farnborough Display week. This is the greatest number of aircraft ever to have looped in formation, and is still a world record today.

In 1975, Sir Patrick was appointed Director of Public Relations for the RAF and then Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Policy, Plans and Budget from 1979-83. He became Commander of Second Tactical Air Force and Commander-in-Chief of RAF Germany in 1983 before being appointed Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff from 1985-87 and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Strike Command in 1988.

Sir Patrick was made Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1989, and Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1991. He is currently King of Arms of the Order of the British Empire. From 1990-1991 he was Joint Commander of all British Forces during the Gulf War.

At the end of a long and illustrious career he retired from the RAF in 1991 having reached the rank of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RAF Strike Command and Commander-in-Chief, NATO’s UK Air Forces. Sir Patrick served as the Military Adviser to British Aerospace 1992-99 and worked as a defence and aerospace consultant from 1999-2005.

Resident in Christchurch, Dorset, Sir Patrick is married to Jill and they have 3 sons and 9 grandchildren. He is a member of the Senior Golfers Society and the Royal Air Force Club and plays to a handicap of 12 at his home golf club, Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire.

ENDS

Note to Editors:

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews holds a unique position in golf. Established in 1754, it evolved through two and a half centuries as a leading authority in the world game.

As the Club celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2004 it devolved responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf, the running of The Open Championship and other key events, and the development of the game in existing and emerging golfing nations, to a newly formed group of companies collectively known as The R&A.

As a separate entity the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews remains as a private golf club with a world-wide membership of 2,400.

Note to Picture Editors:

A photograph of Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine is attached.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick Hine

For further information contact:

Peter Dawson
The Secretary
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
Tel: +44 (0) 1334 460000