Ex-R&A captain's daughter killed in Sydney shooting

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Katrina Dawson, the daughter of former Royal & Ancient captain Sandy Dawson, was among two hostages killed Monday in Sydney, Australia, after a gunman held an hours-long standoff in a cafe. She was 38.

Seventeen customers and employees at a Lindt chocolate cafe were taken hostage by lone gunman Man Haron Monis and held more than 16 hours. When the standoff ended, Dawson and one other hostage were dead, along with Monis.

According to a Golfweek report, European Tour chief executive George O'Grady broke the news to a group of journalists at the circuit's annual Christmas lunch on Tuesday, adding that Dawson was killed while trying to protect a pregnant colleague.

Sandy Dawson was captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in 2013, becoming just the second Aussie to hold the position. According to the report, the club issued a statement to its members in the aftermath of the shooting.

"It is with great shock and sadness that the Club has learned of the news that Katrina Dawson, daughter of immediate past captain Sandy Dawson, was one of the two hostages who died in the widely reported Sydney cafe siege," the statement read in part.

A successful lawyer, Katrina Dawson was married with three children, ages 8, 5 and 3.