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Veteran golfer Bob Walker dies at 93

BY CLAIRE GRAHAM

One of the great characters of Irish golf, Bob Walker, has died at the age of 93.

The sporting legend, renowned for his booming laugh and sharp wit, dedicated a lifetime to golf and was pro at Cairndhu Golf Club outside Larne for more than 50 years.

The Donaghadee man's finest hour as a player came when he took Fred Daly, Open Champion in 1947, to a tie hole in the semi-final of the Ulster Championship in the same year.

Bob also played in the British Open at Hoylake in 1952, sponsored by a few club members.

His long association with golf was recognised in 1992 when he was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours.

BBC sports broadcaster Stephen Watson paid tribute last night. He took to Twitter to write: "Sad to hear of the passing of one of Ireland's top PGA professionals. Bob Walker was pro at Cairndhu for more than 50 years."

Golfer Geoff Bleakley also paid his respects on the social networking site.

"Very sad news. RIP Bob, a true gent."

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