Belfast Telegraph

Home Opinion Letters

Let's not forget Fred Daly, Irish golf trailblazer

There is but one name missing from the many who have been associated with the wonderful news of The Open Championship returning to Royal Portrush Golf Club.

He is the 'wee man' who initially put golf and the town into the world spotlight during 1947.

Fred Daly was born in Dunluce Street in 1911 and is buried in a little churchyard overlooking the 18th fairway where he caddied as a schoolboy and aged 37 became the first Irishman to win The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool GC.

Many great golfers – amateur and professional – from the Emerald Isle have made their reputations worldwide since, but it should never be forgotten Fred was in the vanguard.

I am proud to have played a small part in having a Blue Plaque erected at his birthplace and will always fondly remember him as the man who introduced me to the game of golf.

Many, I feel sure, have similar sentiments.

PETER HUGHES

Bucks

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph