Disappointing news to learn former Irish Open winner Stephen Dood has put his 1989 Amateur Championship winning medal up for auction.
Dodd, who captured the 2005 Irish Open at Carton House, has assigned Graham Budd Auctioneers to auction the 9ct gold medal he won at Royal Birkdale with an asking price of £2,500 to £3,500.
The Welshman defeated England’s Craig Cassells 5&3 in the final.
Since turning pro in 1990, the now 54-year old Dodd has won 17 times in his pro career including three wins on the European Tour.
Dodd’s biggest win was his Irish Open triumph when he beat Englishman David Howell with a birdie at the first extra play-off hole.
The Tour indicates he has career earnings in his 349 events of Euro 4.3m. Already, there has been calls on social media of surprise and disappointment that Dodd is selling his medal.
I’m always sad to see a golf champion selling their cups and medals. Stephen Dodd is selling his 1989 Amateur Championship Gold Medal on 9th November. pic.twitter.com/13RbK7ZSUt
— Amateur Golf Bible (@GolfBible) October 16, 2020
Among those is Cassells who tweeted: ‘Might put in a bid so I can finally get my hands on the prize.”
Numerous other tweets suggested that perhaps another professional might buy it just to give it back to Dodd.