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Shropshire legend passes away

FORMER Shropshire golf president Geoff Roberts has died aged 83.

Roberts, who was a well-known and respected figure on the county circuit, passed away last month.

He was president of the Shropshire and Herefordshire Union in 1995 and 1996, county captain in 1973 and 1974 and a member of Oswestry Golf Club for 50 years.

Current president of the Shropshire Union, Peter Turner, said: ìI had known Geoff for about 25 years.

“He was a well respected and very good county golfer who played for many years.

“Geoff was extremely competitive. He didnít like to lose to anyone, yet he was a real character and great to play with.

“He was forthright and a very good man to have on your side. He will be greatly missed.î

After joining Oswestry in 1965, Roberts enjoyed numerous successes on the amateur scene, winning the County Open Championships in 1967 and 1968 and the County Match Championships in 1969.

He then went on to lift the Jeffrey Clee Salver twice with his close friend and fellow Oswestry member, Doug Humphreys, in 1971 and 1974, and figured in the same county side as former Open and US Masters champion Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam, who also won the Masters.

Oswestry secretary John Evans said: “Geoff was a star member of the club for 50 years. He was incredibly friendly and a very talented golfer.”

Former president and secretary of the union, Bob Davies, added: “Geoff was a very respected and long serving member of the union golf clubs.”