OPEN GOLF: Caldwell appointed Captain at the “Home of Golf!”

Mr. Gavin Caldwell.
Mr. Gavin Caldwell.
  • The Royal and Ancient Golf Club was founded on May, 14, 1754.
  • Six members of the British royal family have captained the Club.
  • The office of Captain was originally a duty awarded to the winner of the ‘Silver Club’.

A DERRY man has been elevated to the Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrew’s, it has been announced.

And the former Waterside native will open his high profile tenure next September.

Mr. Gavin Caldwell, an ex-member of City of Derry Golf club, was born in Derry in 1947, a son of the late Teddy and Denise Caldwell and is a former resident of Clooney Park East on Waterside’s Limavady Road.

He was nominated as the 2015/16 Captain by the Past Captains of the Club and will open his year in office following the traditional “driving-in” ceremony which takes place on the first tee of the Old Course at St. Andrew’s on Friday, September 25th.


A former Trustee of Portmarnock Golf Club, Mr Caldwell was club Captain and Chairman of the Walker Cup Committee when it hosted the 1991 match.

He enjoyed a successful university golf career and is President of the Dublin University Golfing Society. He currently plays to a handicap of 12.

The Derry native has served on the Amateur Status and Championship Committees of the Royal & Ancient and was a member of the General Committee from 2010 to 2013.

He has been a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club since 1996.

Mr Caldwell was educated at St. Columba’s College and Trinity College, in Dublin, and embarked on a career in investment management. In 1980, he was appointed the founding Chief Executive of Ulster Bank Investment Managers, the Irish subsidiary of NatWest Group, a role he held until 2003. He is currently a non-executive director of several Irish subsidiaries of international investment companies.

Residing in Howth, Co. Dublin, Mr Caldwell lives with his wife Jane and has five children,