Saunders to preside over England Golf29th August, 2012 by Colin Victor
Ray Saunders is to become the first man to be president of England Golf on his own.
The governing body for amateur golf in England, which was formed following a merger between an all-male and an all-female organisation earlier this year, currently has two presidents, Paul Baxter and Sue Johnson.
Next year Pam Benka will become the body’s first sole president, and in 2014 Ray, former chairman of the English Golf Union championship committee, will take over the reins.
The 72 year old has been a keen supporter of golf for most of his life and is delighted to be considered for the presidency.
“I was surprised to be asked,” he said. “Surprised, because at times I haven’t conformed to convention. For example, when I was chairman of the championship committee we changed the format of the English Amateur Championship, which didn’t go down well in certain quarters.
“But this is a massive honour.”
He has been a member of the Mid Kent Golf Club for over 40 years and captained, and been president of, the Kent Golf Union.
Ray also has an ever-growing library of golf books, most of which are the histories of golf clubs. “I now have around 300 and am always looking to add to the collection,” he said.