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Golf's Jack Duddy dies aged 90

Jack Duddy, a prime mover in bringing top-class golf to Northern Ireland at the beginning of the Troubles, has died at the age of 90.

The former Gallaher PR manager was at the forefront of the Gallaher Ulster Open, which attracted Europe’s leading players to Shandon Park from 1965-70, and Malone in 1971.

The tournament was something of a benefit for three-time winner Christy O’Connor, who remained friends with Jack over the years.

Another close friend was former Ryder Cup player Norman Drew, who said: “It wasn’t easy getting the pros to come to Northern Ireland because of the Troubles, but Jack’s persuasiveness and friendly manner achieved the feat.

“He was an absolute gentleman and will be fondly remembered by many people in golf here and further afield.”

Jack, who was a member of the Malone and Royal County Down clubs, was also a great supporter of amateur golf and attended several Walker Cup matches at home and in the United States.

He helped found the Press Golf Society and was one of its vice-presidents.

He is survived by his son Barry, daughter-in-law Sandra and grandsons Fraser and Raymond.

DES MAGEE

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