Shock at death of champion golfer Gary

Gary Bryden, who has passed away at the age of 44.
Gary Bryden, who has passed away at the age of 44.

The community of Girvan is in mourning after the loss of Gary Bryden at the age of just 44.

His death at a young age has also been marked within the golfing community across Ayrshire with Gary a dedicated and very talented player of the sport.

Only four months ago Gary won the Champion of Champions title at Royal Troon for the first time and his death has been met with shockwaves throughout Girvan and beyond.

Gary also brought his love of golf into his work, working as a greenkeeper at Turnberry who he also represented in a number of competitons over the years along with playing for Girvan and Troon Welbeck.

As well as winning the prestigious Champion of Champions title last year, Gary also won the Ayrshire Strokeplay Championship in 2001 and he was also a key member of the Girvan team who won the Ayrshire Club Championship title in 2012 as well as helping Girvan rise from Division five to Division Two in the Ayrshire Scratch leagues from 2011 to 2013.

The Ayrshire Golf website described Gary as one of the true gentlemen of Ayrshire golf and someone who will be sorely missed in the team room by team mates and officials.

They also expressed their condolences to Gary’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Girvan lifeboat captain and golfer Robert McMaster also paid tribute on Facebook saying : “Just heard the news Gary Bryden. RIP you will be missed.”