First chief executive appointed

Wells to drive Carnoustie’s reputation

As part of an ambitious drive to further its reputation as one of the world’s top golf destinations, Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee has appointed Michael Wells as its first ever chief executive.

Wells joins the Carnoustie Golf Links team from The R&A in St Andrews, where he was the Director of Championship Staging at The Open.

He is expected to take up his post shortly after next month’s Open at Royal Birkdale.

“I feel privileged and honoured to be selected to become Carnoustie Golf Links’ first chief executive,” he said.

“Carnoustie has a reputation for being one of the toughest courses in world golf and one that every golfer should aspire to play. I am very excited about the opportunity to work alongside the fantastic team at Carnoustie and to help develop its reputation as a world class golfing destination.”

Educated at Madras College, St Andrews, Mr Wells has been with the R&A since first joining in 1999.

He was the preferred candidate from a list of some 100 hopefuls from around the globe and CGLMC chairman Pat Sawers said: “Michael has extensive knowledge of all facets of golf administration, particularly in relation to staging major tournaments.

“I believe he is the right leader to entrust with developing our brand and ensuring that Carnoustie Links continues to be recognised as one of the most challenging links golf courses in the world.”

Mr Wells already knows Carnoustie well. During his time at The R&A, he has been involved in The Open on two previous occasions there, including his first Open in 1999 when Paul Lawrie lifted the famous Claret Jug, and in 2007 when Padraig Harrington won the first of his back-to back victories in the championship.

Mr Sawers added: “We were delighted by the calibre of applicants and are confident that we have selected the ideal person for the job. As an experienced manager and dynamic innovator, Michael brings a unique set of qualifications and a wealth of experience at a key point in our history.”

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