The Past Captains, having conferred together, are pleased to announce that they have nominated David J Harrison as Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews for the year 2007-2008. He will assume the office of Captain at the traditional 'Driving In' ceremony on Thursday 20th September.
David Harrison joined the R&A in 1981 and from 2003 - 2006 was Chairman of the General Committee. He also served on the Rules and Championship Committees and was a member of The R&A Training Panel for more than 10 years. He is a qualified Rules official and on many occasions has acted as a referee at The Open Championship and at other major golf events.
David Harrison was educated at Taunton's, Southampton and then at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was an Oxford Blue from 1959 - 1961. He is now retired after a successful business career.
In addition to his committee work at the R&A, David Harrison has spent over 30 years in golf administration, particularly at the English Golf Union where he was President in 1992. He has also held the positions of Joint Chairman of the International Golf Federation, President of the Association of Golf Club Secretaries and Chairman of the Championship Committee of The European Golf Association.
David Harrison's golfing career started with an England Boys' cap in 1954, a Youths' cap the following year and then representation for the RAF from 1957 - 1958. He played for his county, Hampshire, from 1955 - 1980 and was county champion a record six times. He has been President of the Hampshire PGA since 1982 and is President of the Hampshire Schools Golf Association.
Living in rural Hampshire David is married to Gloria and they have two children, Anna and Claire. He is an honorary member of Stoneham and Alresford golf clubs and plays to a handicap of 5.