Paddy Skerritt (1927 - 2001)
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.