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PGA Captain Peter Hanna has paid tribute to Ernest Jones, a predecessor in the role who has passed away at the age of 87.

Ernest, who preferred to be known as Ernie, captained The PGA from 1991 – 93 and was made an Honorary Member in 2001.

Hanna said: “I’m proud, as a fellow PGA of Ireland Member, to follow in Ernie’s footsteps as captain.

“He was a professional golfer who we, as trainees, aspired to be. He had The PGA at his heart, was very well respected in the Association, and was a gentleman in every way – both on and off the course.

“His game was always very steady and that was the way he lived his life. He was a lovely man who will be sorely missed.”

Ernie began his career as an assistant to Phil Lawlor at the Royal Curragh Golf Club, Co Kildare, in 1948 and became a PGA Member eight years later.

He was the head PGA Professional at Bangor Golf Club, Co Down, for 16 years and followed up by fulfilling the same role at two of the most prestigious clubs on the island of Ireland: Royal County Down and the K Club, Co Kildare.

He spent 16 years at the former before he was head-hunted by the latter’s owner, Michael Smurfit, in advance of the 2006 Ryder Cup.

In addition to being a sought after and highly-regarded club professional, Ernie was an accomplished player.

He won the Irish PGA Championship in 1964 and represented Ireland in the Canada Cup a year later. He was runner up in the Ulster Professional Championship in the same year, likewise the Irish Professional Championship in 1966. His most prestigious victory followed five years later when he prevailed in a play-off to win the Kenyan Open.

Two years earlier at Royal Birkdale in 1969, Ernie refereed one of the Ryder Cup’s most memorable encounters: the singles between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin which saw the former concede a three-foot putt on the final hole, a sporting gesture that resulted in the match ending 16 – 16. Ernie also competed at the Open on eight occasions, making the cut to finish in a tie for 41st in 1972.

Commenting on Ernie’s contribution to The PGA and the game of golf, Robert Maxfield, the Association’s chief executive, said: “Ernie had a stellar career both on and off the golf course.

“And whether on or off it he was a credit to The PGA and represented everything the game stands for. We have lost a friend as well as a distinguished Member and on behalf of The PGA I extend our heartfelt and sincere condolences to his wife Marie and six surviving children.”

*The funeral of Ernie Jones will be held in Newcastle, Co Down, at 1pm on January 3. The requiem mass is at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption with the burial afterwards at St Patrick’s Cemetery, Bryansford. 

Article courtesy of the PGA

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  1. Vary sad to know that dear ‘Ernie’ has passed away, a truly lovely man. I had the great pleasure to be included in his four ball at my friend Chris De Burghs celebrity golf tournament at the K club some years ago, we had a wonderful day, Ernie was so patient and most helpful to me as a keen 14 handicap armature, offering golf tips and support during the round. A truly wonderful experience and fond memories that will stay with me always.

    Rest in peace dear Ernie, you will be missed.


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