Few people anywhere in the game have, or have had, the wealth of knowledge Sir Michael Bonallack brought to one of the most important roles in world golf as Secretary of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. In recognition of his role as one of the ambassadors of the game, Bonallack was selected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000 for his Lifetime Achievement in golf.
Bonallack had a distinguished playing career as a true amateur, one who worked full-time in sales of his family business during his years of competitive success. He never gave serious consideration to turning professional because purses were small in Europe before a formal tour was created. Instead, he played golf because he loved playing the game and played it at the highest level, representing his country as a member of nine Walker Cup teams.
The highlight for Bonallack was contributing to the victorious Great Britain and Ireland side in the 1971 Walker Cup. “I was playing captain that year when we won over the Old Course at St Andrews, and it does not get, cannot get, any better than that,” he said.