The Royal and Ancient Golf Club announces Pierre Bechmann as Captain

Pierre Bechmann will serve as Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews 2012 – 2013

Pierre Bechmann

Pierre Bechmann will serve as Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews 2012 - 2013 following his nomination by the Past Captains of the Club.

Bechmann's year of office will begin with the traditional driving-in ceremony on the first tee of the Old Course on Friday 21st September, 2012.

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris in 1957, Bechmann becomes the first Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club from Continental Europe where he is particularly active in amateur golf sitting on the Executive Committee of the French Golf Federation and the Championship Committee of the European Golf Association.

A lawyer and member of the Paris Bar, Bechmann has been President of his home club, Golf de Chantilly, since 2010.

He is a former member of the R&A's General Committee, and has served on the Championship and Rules of Golf Committees as well as The R&A Coaching Panel.

In 2008/09 he was Captain of Royal St George's Golf Club. Bechmann lives in Chantilly and plays to a handicap of 9.

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