Friday 15 December 2017

Former European and Senior Tour golfer Hugh Jackson passes away

Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

The death has occurred of Hugh Jackson, one of the best known professionals on the Irish golfing scene.

Aged 75, Hugh collapsed during the Connemara Pro-Am and died shortly afterwards.

A former European Tour and Senior Tour player, he was a highly respected professional at Donabate golf club in North County Dublin for 31 years until his retirement four years ago.

Walker Cup winner Gavin Moynihan, one of his star pupils, paid tribute to Hugh via Twitter today: "Lost a great friend and teacher today. Can't believe the news. Taught me since I started up till now. Great man and golfer RIP Hugh Jackson.”

Originally from Newtownards in Co Down, he started out in Balmoral where he was assistant to 1947 Open winner Fred Daly.

Jackson, who represented Ireland in the World Cup on two occasions, competed on the European circuit from 1966 to 1978, winning six times.

His great claim to fame was finishing eighth behind Jack Nicklaus in the 1970 Open Championship. He then played on the Senior Tour during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, said: “Hugh was a big character and well-liked among his fellow professionals. He was one of the players competing when the European Tour was created and saw the introduction of the Senior Tour in the early 1990’s. Hugh was also well known in Irish golfing circles and will be sorely missed.”

 The arrangements are: Removal on Wednesday morning (today)  to St. Finian's Church, River Valley, Swords arriving for 10:00am. Mass, followed by Funeral to Glasnevin Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations if desired to the Irish Heart Foundation.

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