Esteemed golf writer Lewine Mair has expressed her great honour at being elected President of the Association of Golf Writers.

The Association of Golf Writers (AGW) proudly confirmed Lewin Mair’s appointment as President, becoming the first woman to hold this position in the 83-year history of the AGW, at the annual general meeting within the media centre at the 149th Open Championship at Royal St. George’s on Wednesday July 14.

New AGW President Lewine Mair with AGW Chairman Martin Dempster at the 2021 Open Championship. Photo with thanks Warren Little/R&A/Getty Images)

Covid-19 regulations in place meant a maximum of 15 AGM members could attend the annual general meeting though that did not dampen the overwhelming congratulations extended to Lewine in becoming the AGWs 14th President since Bernard Darwin was appointed the inaugural President in 1938.

AGW Chairman Martin Dempster said:

“I am delighted that Lewine has agreed to become the first woman president of the AGW.

“Lewine is a highly-respected figure in the game, having already served as the AGW’s first woman Chairman from 2007-2010.

“She has been a trusty committee member for a lengthy period of time and we could not have a more worthy first woman President than Lewine.

“I am sure her late husband, Norman, would have been very proud of this moment, as, of course, will be the case with her children and grandchildren.”

Lewine becomes President of the Association and takes over following the passing of Jock MacVicar, who died in April. She said:

“I can’t tell you how honoured I feel to be named as the first woman President of the AGW and to be following in the footsteps of so many well-known AGW writers.

“There are too many to mention, though I do want to single out my immediate predecessor, Jock MacVicar, whose time in the role was so unfairly cut short.

“It has been an enormous honour to serve the Association as Chairman and now, with 43 years of AGW membership under my belt, I hope to be of some use to Martin Dempster, our excellent Chairman, and his team.”

Lewine became the first woman to hold a specialist position on the sports pages of a national paper in the UK when, in 1997, she was appointed as golf correspondent to the Daily Telegraph.

Lewine, who continues to live in Edinburgh, is currently a Senior European correspondent for Global Golf Post.