Monday 20 February 2017

McGinley pays tribute to Sheahan

Published 27/10/2016 | 02:30

McGinley described his fellow Grange GC member Dr David Sheahan as “a legend”. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
McGinley described his fellow Grange GC member Dr David Sheahan as “a legend”. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Paul McGinley, Ryder Cup-winning captain of 2014 and a renowned Tour professional, described his fellow Grange GC member Dr David Sheahan as "a legend" when assessing his contribution to the club and to Irish golf.

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His sentiments were echoed yesterday as tributes were paid to Dr Sheahan, who has died aged 75, from those who recall his halcyon days as one of the finest amateur golfers of his generation.

A multi-championship winner on the GUI scene, and a Walker Cup player, David Sheahan stunned a field of top-class professionals to win the 1962 Jeyes International Pro-Am at Royal Dublin.

Ironically, David considered himself a 1,000/1 chance, and his only goal was to beat JB Carr for the leading amateur prize.

Instead, he beat them all, including the great Christy O'Connor Senior, and for 45 years was the only amateur to win on what became the European Tour.

We extend our sympathies to his family, friends and Grange GC members.

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