Peter Dawson lines up with Walker Cup star James Byrne at Dunhill Links

R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson has taken to the course this week, competing in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.  The annual Pro-Am event is part of the European Tour and is played over three venues – St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, with professionals being partnered by amateurs, often from the worlds of sport and entertainment. 

Dawson, who plays off a handicap of 3 has paired up with Walker Cup winner and newly turned professional James Byrne from Aberdeen.  The pair teed off from the 10th at Kingsbarns on Thursday at 10:39 am, playing alongside R&A ambassador Padraig Harrington and Irish businessman JP McManus.  Harrington has previously twice won the competition in 2002 and 2006, and on both occasions he and McManus were also victorious in the team event.

Dawson and Byrne went on to score a very respectable 6-under-par combined opening round score and lie in Tied 33rd position at the end of the first day’s play.  Their closing 9 holes included 5 birdies after a steady 1-under-par opening 9.  The pair play on Friday at Carnoustie at 9:55am with Raphael Jacquelin and partner Richard Gilbert.  Dawson will then tee off from outside his office on Saturday at 9:22am. Byrne’s Walker Cup teammate Tom Lewis and former R&A chairman Ian Webb complete the fourball.  At the end of round 3, the field will be reduced to the Top-60 Professionals and those tying for 60th place and the leading 20 teams.  These players will then return to St Andrews for Sunday’s final round. 

To follow the pair’s progress, click here.

Impressed by the condition of these links courses at this time of year? Click here to read an article on the 'Late season links' from the R&A's 'The Golf Course' website.