Colin Montgomerie takes up post at Wimbledon club
Golfing legend Colin Montgomerie has become captain of Wimbledon's London Scottish
Golf Club to mark the club's 150th anniversary.
Members of the club, which is the third oldest in England and is based near the windmill on Wimbledon Common, formally voted Montgomerie into post at their annual general meeting, after he accepted the offer to become captain for 2015/2016.
Monty will be the second former Ryder Cup captain to be associated with London Scottish: the Scot George Duncan, a member of the club in the 1920s, became the victorious captain of the 1929 British Ryder Cup team.
While Montgomerie is now based in the US playing on the Seniors Tour there,
and also has commentating commitments with Sky TV, London Scottish are
hopeful he will be able to make an appearance or two at the club during his
year in post.
‘Colin’s a busy man and of course we’re not expecting him to play the full role that a captain normally does, but we’re honoured that he accepted the offer and it’s a great way to celebrate our 150th year’, said club member David Groom, who will be vice captain to Monty throughout the year.
One of Montgomerie’s first duties will be to address May’s annual Club Supper, at which prizes are given out and members sit down to a meal of haggis, neeps and tatties. Although Monty will be in America at the time, he is recording a message to be played on the night.
London Scottish GC was founded in 1865 by members of the London Scottish Volunteer Rifles (now the London Scottish regiment), who were stationed on Wimbledon Common. There are only two older clubs in England – Royal Blackheath and Royal North Devon.
The club has a number of special events planned for its 150th year, including a hickory match on the common in which players will use ancient clubs and wear old-fashioned clothing. It is also promoting a limited £595 a year sevenday membership deal and is marketing 20 international life memberships.
April 9, 2015