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Paddy Skerritt

Paddy Skerritt (1927 - 2001)

John Smyth Captain 2015

Down the years the names of Paddy Skerritt and St Anne’s became synonymous as the club’s professional for over 30 years blazed a winning trail across the golf courses of Ireland and Britain.

During the sixties and seventies and into the eighties Skerritt’s name was a regular in the sporting headlines and his popularity with the press and public alike made him one of the most admired figures on the golfing circuit.

Among his victories were:

  • Three Southern Ireland Championships in 1967, 1968 and 1970;
  • Carroll’s International at Woodbrook 1967;
  • Irish Matchplay 1970;
  • Irish Championship at Woodbrook 1977;
  • Alcan International at Portmarnock 1970;
  • Kerrygold Championship 1973;
  • British Seniors 1978 and 1980;
  • World Seniors runner-up 1978.

Paddy was known as `the King of the Pro-Ams’, winning an astonishing 60 in all from 1966 to 1990.

Paddy Skerritt, born and bred into a great golfing family in Lahinch, Co Clare, will always be a legend on the Bull Island in Dublin. It was once said of him: ’The boy may have left Clare, but Clare never left the boy.’

Paddy died in 2001. He is sadly missed by his many friends at St. Anne’s.

Paddy’s engaging personality made many friends, brought honour and recognition to the club and left a legacy of achievement that will always be a source of pride to St Anne’s and its members.