Charlie Green OBE - One of Scotland's greatest amateur golfers

One of Scotland’s greatest amateur golfers, Charlie Green, passed away peacefully at home on January 28. He was 80.

Hailing from Dumbarton, Green enjoyed a stellar amateur career spanning several decades. He won the Silver Medal as leading amateur at The Open Championship at Royal Troon in 1962 when Arnold Palmer lifted the Claret Jug.

Green went on to win the Scottish Amateur Championship in 1970, 1982 and 1983. The latter victory at Gullane came just short of his 51st birthday and he remains the oldest champion. He was equally adept at stroke play winning the Scottish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 1975 and 1984.

On five occasions between 1963 and 1975 Green represented Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup and was Captain in 1983 and 1985 when a young Colin Montgomerie was part of the team. Green also played in the 1970 and 1972 Eisenhower Trophy teams and the St Andrews Trophy teams in 1962, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1976.

Green was a lynchpin for Scotland representing his country in the Home Internationals from 1961 onwards and becoming its most capped player. He captained the side from 1980 to 1983. In that year he was awarded the OBE for his services to golf.

As a Senior competitor he continued his successful career, winning The Seniors Open Amateur Championship six times between 1988 and 1994, a record number of victories in the championship, and finishing runner-up on three occasions. He also won the Scottish Seniors Championship five times in seven years from 1991.

In 1994, Green was elected a Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and continued playing regularly until last year.

The Funeral will take place at 11.15 am, on Monday 4th February 2013, at Cardross Parish Church, Station Road, Cardross.