Members of the Scottish Incoming Golf Tour Operators Association, like the rest of the Scottish golfing world in Tayside, have been expressing their condolences following the death last week of Carnoustie’s award-winning caddie master Martin Roy.Martin Roy was a fixture beside the first tee of the championship course for more than quarter of a century and in that time carried a bag for many a famous face and helped thousands of SIGTOA clients get the most from their round at the Championship Links.
Born in Glasgow, Mr Roy was brought up in Carnoustie and played golf from a young age before starting work at Carnoustie Golf Links in 1984
He was awarded the Caddie Master of the Year title from Golf Tourism Scotland in 2008 and 2011 (picture) and he was inducted into the Professional Caddie Association of America’s Hall of Fame, becoming the first non-American caddie master to be bestowed the honour.
Martin devoted his life to Carnoustie and was known to go that extra mile to ensure a visiting golfer had the very best experience during their visit with up to 9000 caddie requests fulfilled every year.
Gary Wilkinson representing SIGTOA said,
“Martin Roy will be much missed by tour operators and their clients alike and the members of SIGTOA extend their sympathy to his family at such a difficult time. He was not only a work partner but a friend to so many of us and he will be greatly missed”