Wednesday 29 March 2017

Death of Hugh Boyle

Tributes have been paid to Hugh Boyle, a member of the 1967 Ryder Cup team, who has died at the age of 79 following a long-term illness
Tributes have been paid to Hugh Boyle, a member of the 1967 Ryder Cup team, who has died at the age of 79 following a long-term illness

Tributes have been paid to Hugh Boyle, a member of the 1967 Ryder Cup team, who has died at the age of 79 following a long-term illness.

The Irishman turned professional in 1952 and became the first player from these islands to win an event in Japan when he lifted the 1966 Yomiuri International Open.

He also finished seventh in The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club that year but his finest season came the following year when he won the Irish PGA Championship, one of five victories during the 1967 campaign.

Those victories helped him secure a place in the Great Britain & Ireland Ryder Cup team which was defeated 23.5 -8.5 by a strong United States team.

He also represented Ireland in the World Cup in 1967, partnering Christy O'Connor Senior in Mexico City.

In 1983, Boyle became the club professional at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, a position he held for nearly 20 years. He was still an active member of the club until two years ago when illness curtailed his activities.

Irish Independent

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