Three-time Scottish Amateur champ Charlie passes away after battle with illness
TRIBUTES have been paid to Charlie Green, one of Scottish golf’s most distinguished amateurs, who died recently after a brave fight with cancer. He was 80-years-old.
Scotland’s most capped amateur golfer, Green was a formidable competitor on the domestic and international amateur scenes from the 1960s through the 1990s and he pieced together an incredible CV in the process.
He was a three-time Scottish Amateur champion, the 1984 Scottish Strokeplay champion a winner of five Scottish Seniors titles - including four-in-a-row - whilst he also played in five Walker Cup matches as well as a staggering 19 consecutive Home International matches from 1961 to 1979.
Green also played on several Senior Men’s Home International sides and captained Great Britain & Ireland, featuring a young Colin Montgomerie, at the 1984 and 1986 World Amateur Team Championships.
In addition to his five Walker Cups as a player, Green captained GB&I in 1983 and 1985 and also served a spell as the captain of Scotland side for the European Men’s Team Championship.
As if all this wasn’t enough, he also won the Silver Medal for finishing as the leading amateur in the 1962 Open Championship at Royal Troon.
A long-standing member of Cardross Golf Club, Green was also a member at the likes of Dumbarton and Helensburgh and was regularly sent letters from other clubs inviting him to become an honorary member. He was deservedly awarded an OBE for services to golf in 1983.
Legendary broadcaster Arthur Montford led the tributes to Green, saying: “The passing of Charlie is a grievous blow to Scottish golf. He was a lovely man and will be much missed at his beloved Cardross and in many other clubhouses across the country.”
Hamish Grey, the chief executive of the Scottish Golf Union, added: “Charlie Green was a legend in Scottish golf. The game has lost one of its real characters and he will be sorely missed by the many people who knew him.”
Former Walker Cup captain Colin Dalgleish said: “It’s the end of an era. Charlie was a one-off, a legend of Scottish golf and a great friend.”