President – Malcolm Mitchell
Malcolm was educated at Madras College, St Andrews and Bede College, Durham University. He represented Madras, Bede and Durham University in a number of sports, including golf, being captain of Bede College Golf in his final year. He taught P.E. in Colchester before managing two Sports Centres, one in Peterlee, County Durham and in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.
His next post brought him to Scotland where he became the first Scottish Region Secretary of The Professional Golfers’ Association in 1975. In addition to starting ‘The Tartan Tour’, still the most successful of all the PGA Regions, Malcolm introduced a number of innovations including the PGA Scottish Dinner, The Patrons’ Scheme, Training Seminars for Assistants and obtained TV coverage for the PGA Scottish Championship. He was a made a Life Member of the Scottish Golf Union in 1977 for services to golf in Scotland. On leaving The PGA, a series of Sales and Marketing posts followed, including with Rank Xerox, Dundee City Council, SPAR Scotland and The Army, before he finished his working life as a supply teacher at High Schools in Fife. Malcolm was made Captain of The New Golf Club, St Andrews in 2000 and went on to be President of the Past Captains’ Society for two years.
Senior Vice-President – David Fleming
David is from Carnoustie and having spent his childhood living just a good drive from the second fairway on the Burnside Course was educated at Arbroath High School. He joined the Bank of Scotland in Dundee in 1974 and his 36-year career took him to Aberdeen in various Managerial roles and latterly as Area Director for Corporate Banking responsible for Tayside, Moray and Highlands & Islands when he was based in Inverness. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and is now Aberdeen based. David keeps an interest in business life and while he has now given up several Director and Non-Exec Director roles he remains a Member of the Institute of Directors and sits on the Aberdeen Local Committee of that Organisation.
David’s Great Uncle, Alex Black, was one of the many famous sons of Carnoustie who emigrated to the States as a Pro & Club maker, having initially worked under another famous son of Carnoustie and winner of US Opens ‘Alex Smith’ when he first emigrated in 1909.
In addition to his Banking career David has been an SFA football referee for 27+ years officiating at Highland League and Junior Football. While he has hung up his whistle, he now observes and helps to coach the next generation of football referees. David also keeps his football connection active by being the Treasurer of Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association.
His interest in refereeing has also now transferred to golf and he completed the R&A Level 2 Rules Course in 2016 and has already officiated at several National Amateur and Professional Tournaments in addition to numerous District and Club competitions. In addition, He is also one of the team of accredited Course Raters for Scottish Golf.
David has been the President of Scottish Golf North East District since 2015 and the Captain of the North East Golfers Alliance for the last two years in addition to just recently becoming Captain of Portlethen Golf Club. As well as Portlethen, David has been a member of Carnoustie Golf Club since he was in his early teens and Carnoustie Caledonia Golf Club for slightly less time. David is also a member of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and his handicap has hovered around 5 for the last 30 years but reckons he retains the potential to reduce it a little!
Junior Vice-President – Liz Munro
Liz Munro hails from the north of Scotland and has been involved with the game for over 60 years.
Liz is a qualified R&A Rules Official and has supported at Scottish Golf and R&A events for the past 20 years, most recently supporting The Ricoh British Women’s Open.
Liz’s passion for rules has also seen her deliver a number of education seminars at golf clubs across the country as well as sitting on the Scottish Golf Rules Committee.
Liz also served as a Scottish Golf Course Rater for the Northern Counties, where she also recently completed a three-year term as President of the Northern Counties.
On the course herself, Liz’s lowest handicap achieved was 7 and away from golf, Liz had a successful career in Banking with TSB for 30 years, laterally working in managerial roles.