It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the sudden passing of Fred Perry. Fred was a former Captain and President of Boyle Golf Club, and at the time of his death had almost half a century of unbroken service with the Golfing Union of Ireland, including having served as President of the Union in 1982, a huge honour for both Fred and Boyle Golf Club. He remains the only member of the club to have served in this capacity. Fred served the GUI in several roles over the decades and was involved as referee when Rory McIlroy became the youngest ever winner of the Irish Close Championship in Westport in 2005. Fred was awarded lifetime honorary membership of Boyle Golf Club several years ago in recognition of his contribution to the game both here in Boyle and at national level. Fred’s work ethic and desire to promote the game remained as strong as ever and despite being in his 85th year he remained active in the GUI and was due to chair a meeting of their constitutional review committee this week. An obituary has been published on gui.ie describing Fred’s career in golf.
Deepest sympathies are extended to Fred’s family and many friends.
Funeral arrangements for Fred are as follows: reposing at his residence at Carrick Road Boyle Monday 4.00pm to 7pm. Removal from residence Tuesday 1.30pm for service at Church of Ireland, Boyle at 2pm. The Club will hold a guard of honour on Tuesday at 1.30pm at Green Street (Credit Union). Club Members are asked to wear club blazers or club/blue jumpers.
The Golf Course remained closed this past weekend and the Spring League was reduced to just two rounds due to the poor weather conditions. Congratulations to Brendan Gaffney, Vincent Egan and Moira Egan who are this years winners. Next Sunday, the 11th of March will see the start of the 18 hole Competitions with an 18 Hole Mens’ Foursomes.