It is with great sadness I announce the passing of my father, Terry Shingler. He passed away very suddenly on Saturday 2nd July 2022.
His many golfing achievements included winning the England Amateur Championship in 1977, representing England and for many years was an England Selector. He also retained a scratch handicap for over 25 years dropping to plus 1 for a couple of those.
His knowledge of the game was second to none just like his sense of humour! When I was growing up and learning to play. I would be on the practice ground at Blackwell with him and would hear the words: 'Right.... address the ball... hands forward...eye at the back of the ball now hit the flaming thing!' I will also add I have heard him impart these immortal instructions to ex Ryder Cup, Open and Masters players!
His home course was Blackwell Golf Club in the Midlands where he was an honorary member and during his latter years it has to be said he became part of the fixtures and fittings! Despite not being able to play he would visit the club every morning sitting in the mixed lounge window enjoying a cup of coffee having a laugh with staff and members and offering critique to those teeing off the 1st. He was also privileged to be an honorary member of other clubs including Walton Heath in Surrey, Edgbaston and Harborne Golf Clubs both located in West Midlands,.
Dad was the youngest of three children and hailed from Derbyshire. He was a life long Manchester United supporter and was in fact a Busby Babe youth team player. However, following injury he decided to hang up his football boots and replace them with golf shoes. One of his favourite songs was You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers, but always said 'great record... shame it's the anthem for the wrong team!' My cousin Paul Eales of course is an ardent Liverpool fan!
There is a whole lot more to share about this fantastic character who was my Dad, Jessica, Harriet and Emily's Grandad, Alfie, Jack, Mia, Vinnie, Sebastian and Henry's Great Grandad, Paul's Uncle and Auntie Brenda's brother but an era has come to a close ; we are just all so grateful he was ours to share.