Par Excellence is a tale like no other. As the book waited to go to print, golf’s unique couple, Michael and Angela Bonallack, celebrated 60 years of marriage. Their bond is a continuation of the proud Bonallack dynasty that goes back centuries. Golf may have been the matchmaker, and inevitably a central theme in their lives, but the family always came first.
Nobody could argue with the assertation that they are the best husband and wife combination in the history of golf. How Angela maintained her game in peak form for eight years, while raising a family at the same time, is another appealing conundrum, which coincided with Michael’s road to unparalleled playing glory. Graduation to a leading administrative role as Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which led to a knighthood and then election to Captain of the R&A, merely adds to the sense of romance. Not that it ended there; Michael and Angela’s subsequent supposed retirement has been more action-packed than most careers.
Writen by the renowned Golf Course Architect & Writer Donald Steel