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Wednesday 4th May 2016

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WEDNESDAY 4.5.16 SUBSCRIBE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS WEEKLY STATS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan peter@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt john@matchplaymedia.ie Tel: 01 5036090 www.irishgolfer.ie CONTACT US Match Play Media Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, Golf House, Buckley's Lane, Main Street Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Brendan Coffey, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Denis Kirwin Photography: www.golffile.ie R&A Kenneth May Pat Cashman Getty Images Disclaimer: The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. ate last week the sad news filtered through of the pass- ing of a great friend, Mr Cecil Whelan. A tireless fundraiser, Cecil com- bined his passion for golf and immense personality to generate more than €15m for Irish Chil- dren's charities through the Links Golfing Society. Although the Links Society finished up five years ago Cecil continued his charitable work helping other events prosper. As Honorary Secretary of the Links Golfing Society for 45 years, Cecil was Mr. Golf, attracting the game's biggest names. His great friend, Christy O'Connor Senior, was there for the first outing at Baltray in 1966 and over the years almost every great player in the game came to Ireland to help Cecil and the Links. Names like Nicklaus, Player, Seve all featured, giving up their time. His little black book was the envy of every promoter worldwide as it contained the phone numbers, not just of every great Irish sportsman and woman, but many internation- al golf and sports stars that Cecil would ask to attend the Links fund- raisers. They were all his friends. Whelan had a passion for people and sport so golf was the perfect platform for him. An accomplished golfer in his own right, playing as low as two, he was a member of Newlands and later of Hermitage. Cecil will be missed by many in golfing circles but away from golf, he ran the family business on Cork Street in Dublin for 60 years. Mar- ried to Pauline, they had three chil- dren: Yvonne, Lorraine and Conor and six grandchildren: Jessica, Chloe, Claudia, Ciaran, Eoghan and Robyn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and may Cecil rest in peace. Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team L The great Cecil Whelan passes away aged 80 SAD WEEK FOR IRISH GOLF

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