England (East) Region
18 Feb 19
The PGA in England (East) has lost one of its most respected members with Tony Parcell passing away.
Among his many achievements, Tony was the head PGA professional at Braintree for 36 years from 1973. He subsequently retained a very strong association with the Essex club.
When he died a communication to Braintree members summed up the warmth of feeling within the club towards him: ‘Tony was a popular member of the Braintree team and will be missed by us all.’
The document also outlined what a fine playing career he had, especially in his younger days. Born in February 1944, Tony started out as a professional at Long Ashton near Bristol where he worked for fellow professional WD Smithers.
He enjoyed local success during his time in the south-west before moving to Colchester in 1967. There he served as a teaching and playing assistant.
He quickly established himself as one of the very best players in the region. Tony also made his mark at national PGA level, recording three top-10 finishes.
Not long into his stint at Braintree he secured a place in the 1975 Open Championship at Carnoustie after battling through a qualifier at Panmure.
Tony’s impact on life in the East should also not be forgotten. In 2008 he was honoured with the Braid Oak award for his commitment to the region.
He died on February 9. His funeral is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 1 at Stisted Church and he will remembered afterwards by family and friends at Braintree Golf Club.