Respectful silence held for a golf champion

Golfers, guests and staff at The Belfry paused for a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Ryder Cup hero Seve Ballesteros.

They fittingly gathered around the 10th hole of The Brabazon course where the legendary golfer’s famous drive onto the green in the 1978 Hennessy Cup is commemorated with a plaque.

Respectful silence held for a golf champion
It was a feat repeated by Seve in the 1985 Ryder Cup when he inspired the European team to a win for the first time since 1957. A central figure of Ryder Cup history, he played in three of the four contests staged at The Belfry.

An air horn was sounded prior to the minute’s silence at 10.30am at the resort in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, to enable golfers playing on its three courses to join in the tribute.

The funeral was held for Seve, who died of brain cancer in May

Gary Silcock, director of golf at The Belfry, said: “Seve Ballesteros will be sadly missed by all at The Belfry. His incredible drive onto the 10th green, eight feet from the hole in the 1978 Hennessy Cup is commemorated with a plaque on The Brabazon course.

“A central figure of Ryder Cup history, he played in three of the four contests staged here at the resort. Seve was a hero to millions of golf fans around the world and inspired many to take up the game.

“We invited staff, some of whom fondly remember Seve from when he famously played here in The Ryder Cup in 1985, golfers and guests to join in a minute’s silence to celebrate his life and honour his golfing career.”

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