Bruce Mitchell officially began his year in office as a Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) with a traditional driving-in ceremony on Friday.
The ceremony included Mitchell teeing off at the first tee of the Old Course at St. Andrews complete with a firing of a cannon coinciding with the moment of impact with his drive.
His caddie, Oilver Mennie, was rewarded with a gold Maple Leaf for the return of the historic ball.
— The R&A (@RandA) September 22, 2017
On May 4, it was announced that Mitchell would become the first-ever Canadian Captain of the R&A.
As Captain, he will represent the R&A and help with the development and promotion of golf around the world. He will also attend all R&A championships and serve as ambassador for the club.
Mitchell’s resume includes being the founder, owner and president of Permian Industries; serving on the board of directors of the Bank of Montreal; president of The Toronto Golf Club in 1996-97; and a member of the R&A since 1988.