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Clive Brown announced as new Captain

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that Clive Brown will serve as Captain in 2022/23. 

Mr Brown has been nominated by the Past Captains of the Club and will begin his year in office with the traditional Driving-in ceremony on the first tee of the Old Course on Friday, 23 September 2022.

Walker Cup Captain

A renowned Welsh international golfer, Mr Brown has enjoyed a long and successful amateur career, including captaining the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team in their victorious 1995 match at Royal Porthcawl and the 1997 match at Quaker Ridge.

The Welsh Amateur champion in 1971, Mr Brown made 65 appearances for his country in the 1970’s in the Home Internationals, the European Team Championship and the Snowdonia Trophy. He represented GB&I at youth level in the EGA Trophy in 1972.

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Clive Brown captained the Great Britain and Ireland side to Walker Cup victory in 1995 and 1997.

Mr Brown was non-playing captain of the Welsh international team in 33 international matches in the 1980’s and the winning GB&I team in the EGA Trophy in 1990 in Oporto. He led the GB&I team in the St Andrews Trophy and the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships, both in 1996. He also captained the GB&I Palmer Cup team to its only victory in the match in 2000 and again in 2001.

Born in Llandudno in Wales, Mr Brown was educated at Wesley College, Dublin and John Bright Grammar School, Llandudno. He graduated with a BSc in Economics from University College, Cardiff and began his career as an accountant with Deloitte in Manchester, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1975.

Mr Brown spent seven years as a Lecturer in Accounting at the University of North Wales in Bangor before moving to a role at the TSB Group developing training courses for senior management. In 1992, he became a partner at Dunn and Ellis in Porthmadog. He retired in 2011 and became an associate with the firm.

Former Open Championships Committee Chairman

He became a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1995 and has served on a number of Committees. He was Chairman of the Championship Committee in 2017 and of the Open Championships Committee from 2018-19. He has also chaired the Amateur Status Committee since 2019 and served on the General Committee and Membership Committee in recent years.

Mr Brown served as a Rules official at a number of major professional championships and leading amateur championships and was Chief Recorder at The Open from 2011 to 2015.

As well as The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, Mr Brown, who plays to a handicap of 7, is an honorary member at Royal Porthcawl, Royal St Davids, Llandudno Maesdu, Conwy, (Caernarfonshire), Porthmadog and Rhuddlan golf clubs. He is also currently a member of Penmaenmawr Golf Club, the Narwhals, Aberconwy Past Captains and Seniors golf societies.

Aged 70, Mr Brown lives with his wife Christine in Conwy. They have two sons, Graham and Benjamin, who are both keen golfers.