Long-serving golf rules expert to retire from R&A after 37 Years


Long-serving golf rules expert to retire from R&A after 37 Years
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David Rickman, a highly respected figure in golf, is retiring from the R&A in 2024. His expertise as a rules official has left a significant mark on the golfing world. In his farewell statement, Rickman expressed gratitude to all who supported him in his career.

He worked alongside legends of the sport and played a crucial role in imparting valuable lessons. Rickman is excited about the new chapter awaiting him and looks forward to what lies ahead. "It has been a privilege to work in a sport I love for a special organisation like The R&A and to have been involved in so many important and progressive governance initiatives," he said, as quoted by golfmagic.com!

"I have worked with a wide range of talented and dedicated people and experienced some of the finest golf events and venues in the world. I am extremely grateful to those who gave me a chance initially and to everyone who has worked with me and supported me over the years.

I'm looking forward to being able to play more golf and enjoy more time with my family. I know that the future of The R&A is in safe hands."

Martin Slumbers

Martin Slumbers, the CEO of the R&A, highlighted in his speech how privileged he felt to have collaborated with David Rickman.

He expressed gratitude for Rickman's significant contributions to golf. Rickman's legacy has been praised by those who know him well. He showed his dedication to the sport many times in his career. "David has been at the heart of the R&A and so influential in all that we do for so long that it is hard to believe he will be leaving us next year.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him and I have benefited enormously from his expertise, knowledge, wise counsel and friendship in my time here. He is undoubtedly one of the most respected figures in golf and will be greatly missed not only by all of us in St Andrews but by many, many people throughout the golfing world.

On behalf of all us at the R&A and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, I would like to thank David for all his hard work and dedication over many years and wish him the very best for his retirement when it comes next year."