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England and Wales (North) Region

Massey's death stuns PGA North

14 Mar 18

PGA North has been shocked by the sudden death of former tournament controller Les Massey a few days after administrative secretary Ann Jones passed away.

Les, 86, who is survived by his wife Pat of 57 years and sons Paul and Philip, was a member of Northenden Golf Club where he served as secretary, manager and embraced the game at all levels.

Apart from his PGA commitments he regularly ran charity golf days in England, Spain and Portugal, often assisted by Southport-born professional Gerry Bond who died from cancer in 2013.

Quick-witted and fun-loving, Les was once cut down to size by all-round entertainer the late Sir Bruce Forsyth after pulling his leg during a celebrity event.

Britain’s best-loved television star retorted: “I tell the jokes round here!”

Les was originally a menswear buyer for a number of firms in Manchester and Pat was in the mail-order business. Working in similar fields led to their first meeting.

Les was signed up by the PGA North Region when the office was based at Mere prior to moving to Bolton Golf Club.

His later life was spent working part-time as an Open Championship regional qualifier referee for the R&A and he set up the Tamsel Tour aimed at helping players gain their Challenge and European Tour cards.

Pat said: “Les always looked after himself so his death came as a shock. He loved his job and was well known in golfing circles.” 

*Les Massey's funeral will take place at 2pm on Friday April 6 at Altrincham Crematorium, Whitehouse Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 5RH. It will be followed by a reception at Northenden Golf Club, Palatine Road, Manchester M22 4FR.

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