Christy O'Connor Snr - pioneer golfer remembered
December 21, 1924 - May 14, 2016
Christy O'Connor Snr was more than a professional golfer - he was a pioneer in a field in which Ireland now holds its own against the world. The Galway native, who died this week, was renowned by the global golfing community; he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009, one of just two Irishmen to achieve this honour.
From 1955 to 73 he set a Ryder Cup appearance record of 10, only surpassed by Nick Faldo in 1997. Poignantly, his death now comes less than five months after his nephew, fellow golfer Christy Jr, passed away.
Christy was born on December 21, 1924 in Knocknacarra, near Salthill - one of a family of five boys and six girls. The family farm was situated next to Galway Golf Club; their cottage actually overlooked the first green, and young Christy would watch golf being played over the boundary wall - thus a lifelong passion was kindled.