DPSM is delighted to announce that Stephen Toon has been appointed as the Members’ Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. He will also become Executive Director – Membership at The R&A.
After 14 years as the Secretary of Sunningdale Golf Club, Stephen will be returning to St Andrews, where he previously held the position of Secretary at the Duke’s Course.
Stephen succeeds Aubyn Stewart-Wilson who, after 17 years as Members’ Secretary, is moving to a new role, which will include supporting the Club and The R&A Group of companies in their relationships with the membership at large, and the town of St Andrews.
With a career in golf spanning almost 40 years, Stephen has held senior roles in prestigious golf clubs and venues in Portugal, Spain, England and Scotland including Penina, La Manga and Skibo Castle, and has been involved in hosting a series of prestigious championships including, most recently, the Women’s British Open, the Senior Open and International Final Qualifying for The Open.
He became a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 2011. He is an Honorary Member of Brora Golf Club and also holds memberships at Royal Dornoch, Hartley Wintney, the Seniors’ Golfing Society and the James Braid Golfing Society. He plays to a handicap of ten.
He is a former Board Member of the National Golf Clubs’ Advisory Association, a past Captain of the London and Home Counties Golf Club Managers’ Association and a Member of the Club Managers’ Association of Europe.
Stephen graduated from the University of Warwick, B.A. Hons., European History, before embarking on a career in golf club management with Gulf Leisure Properties.
We wish Stephen all the best in this exciting new chapter of his career…
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