Sport – Colin Dalgleish

Colin Dalgleish – Walker Cup Captain & Golfing Entrepreneur

Born in Old Kilpatrick on the north bank of the River Clyde in 1960, Colin Dalgleish has lived in Helensburgh since he was 4 years old. He has enjoyed a successful amateur golf career at boys, youths and senior level, culminating in his appointment as Captain of the 2007 and 2009 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Teams against the United States.

While a pupil at Hermitage Academy, he won the Scottish Schoolboys Golf Championship three consecutive years, a record to this day, and captained both the Scottish Boys Team and the Great Britain & Ireland Boys Team. He subsequently continued through youths golf with captaincies of the Scottish Youths and Great Britain & Ireland Youths teams. He was runner up in both the British Boys Championship and British Youths Championship.

In 1978 he became one of the first British golfers to take up a university golf scholarship in the United States, where he attended Ohio State University, where former students and golf team members included the legendary Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. While at Ohio State, Colin was part of the team which won the 1979 NCAA Division One championships, with fellow team members including John Cook & Joey Sindelar, who went on to enjoy successful PGA Tour careers. Colin returned to Scotland to become the first sports bursar at Stirling University, from where he graduated with a BA in Accountancy. While at Stirling he won the Scottish Amateur Championship, the Scottish Universities Championship, plus a number of major amateur championships and events both at home and overseas. He was selected for Great Britain & Ireland to the Walker Cup Team of 1981 which competed against the United States at Cypress Point, California. He also led Scotland to success and the Triple Crown in the 1981 Home International Championships, with a clean 6-0 record playing at number one as National Champion.

His amateur golf career took a back seat after university when, along with his brother Gordon (born 1962, educated at Hermitage Academy and the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, USA) he founded PerryGolf. The company has firmly established itself as one of the leading providers of luxury golf holidays to a number of destinations around the world primarily for an American clientele.

Colin returned to international competition as nonplaying Captain of the Scottish Amateur Golf Team 1993-1996, and then Walker Cup Captaincy 2006-2009.

Colin’s achievements were formally recognised in the Autumn of 2009, when he became the inaugural recipient of the Special Achievement Award presented by the Golf Tourism Golf Standard Awards.

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