Aussie-born Dawson named R&A Club Captain

The R&A have announced a new Captain for 2013/14 – Australian-born Alexander Sinclair Dawson.

Dawson, who is no relation to R&A CEO Peter Dawson, 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 at 8am on Friday, 20 September 2013.

Alexander Dawson Alexander Dawson (Credit: R&A)

He succeeds Frenchman, Pierre Bechmann, and will be the second Australian to hold the position after Viscount Bruce of Melbourne in 1954.

Born in 1943, Sandy Dawson is a former Australian Universities Golf Champion and, from 1988 to 1993, he was Captain of Royal Sydney Golf Club where he has been Club President since 2010.

A former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Arnott’s, one of the largest food companies in the Asia Pacific region, he has held senior positions at a number of other companies.

Dawson was chairman of United Distillers (Australasia) and a director of Allied Mills, Goodman Fielder and the Darling Harbour Authority.

Mr Dawson lives in Sydney with his wife Jane and has three children and nine grandchildren. He plays to a handicap of four and is also a keen skier.

He has been a Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews since 1974.