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Martin Slumbers

Martin Slumbers to step down as R&A chief executive

After nine years in the job, one of golf’s highest profile figures says he will hand over the reins “before the end of 2024”

 

R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers will step down “by the end of 2024” after nine years heading up the governing body.

The 63-year-old, who is also Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, will oversee The Open at Royal Troon, as well as the AIG Women’s Open at St Andrews and the Curtis Cup at Sunningdale, before handing over the reins.

He said: “It has been a privilege to serve golf at the highest level. It is a role that I have been proud to carry out on behalf of The R&A’s employees, the members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and all our global partners.

“In any career, there is a time to allow the next generation to have its turn. I am grateful to have had the honour, for nearly a decade, to have been the custodian of all that The R&A and the game of golf more broadly represents.“

Having succeeded Peter Dawson in 2015, his time in charge will be remembered as a period of modernisation for the governing body, which has seen the merger with the Ladies Golf Union, significant changes to the Rules of Golf, as well as the introduction of the World Handicap System.

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Martin Slumbers to step down: ‘He has been true to The R&A’s purpose of golf thriving 50 years from now’

Consistently stressing a message of making golf open and accessible to all, and looking ahead to the sustainability of the sport in 50 years’ time, Slumbers has also been at the forefront of the Distance Insights process and the recent decision to introduce a universal golf roll back for all players.

The R&A’s new family friendly project, Golf It!, created in Glasgow to give more people the chance to play the game and for people to gain work, volunteering and training opportunities, was opened last year to huge acclaim and captured his vision for the sport.

Niall Farquharson, Chairman of The R&A said, “In Martin, we have been fortunate to have a CEO who has steered the organisation through a period of growth and enhanced the profile and reputation of our sport to make it more accessible, appealing and inclusive. 

“Through his stature and influence in the world of golf and sport more widely and in growing the proceeds of The Open to invest back into the game, he has been true to The R&A’s purpose of golf thriving 50 years from now and has shown transformational leadership.  He speaks often of reflecting history in a modern way and that will be his legacy to The R&A and to the Club.”
 
The R&A said an executive search firm has been appointed to assist in the search for his successor.

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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