David in control at Royal Liverpool

David Cromie

David Cromie

It takes a small army of dedicated volunteers and officials to keep the Open Championship running, so it’s just as well that Royal Liverpool has a no-nonsense ex-service man from Newcastle, Co Down at the helm.
David Cromie stepped into the role as secretary at Hoylake in 2008 and barely had his feet under the table when the R&A announced that the venue would host the tournament again in 2014 following the successful staging in 2006.
As secretary, David’s main function is to tend to the needs of the club members but, unsurprisingly, he has also been heavily involved in the planning for this week’s major championship which will be the 12th time the Open has been held at the historic links.
“The work for this Championship started in 2009 when the club was informed that the tournament would be returning in 2014. We have made changes to the course, we have done things to the clubhouse and also improved the off course infrastructure,” said the 56-year-old who describes himself as a ‘proud Ulster man’.

“The whole thing is a three way partnership between the club, the R&A and Wirrell Borough council.”

Far from simply providing a suitable venue, the Royal Liverpool members will play an integral part in ensuring the tournament runs smoothly this week.
The Championship committee has to recruit and train 1200 marshalls from clubs all over the Wirrell, find 100 scorers to walk with the matches and provide electronic scoring, help with registration when the players arrive, assist with scoring when the players finish their rounds and maintain the course to the highest standards.
It’s a huge undertaking but thankfully, David isn’t one to get particularly worked up and he’s helped by a very supportive club membership who welcome the opportunity to showcase the venue to the world.
“I’m one of these guys who takes everything in his stride and I never get terribly excited by anything to be honest,” added David who remains a fairly active, low-handicap golfer.
“I was in the army for 23 years and than I ran three clubs in London before I came here.
“The members welcome the chance to host these events and embrace it.
“Royal Liverpool was off the Open rota from 1967 to 2006 and there was a long build up to 2006 which proved to be a very successful Open Championship but this one will be even more successful.”

 

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