Ramón Sota (EuropeanTour)
Ramón Sota, one of the leading figures in the history of Spanish golf and the uncle of Seve Ballesteros, has died aged 74.
Born on April 23, 1938, in Pedreña, Sota was one of the first Spanish professionals to tour the world along with the Miguel brothers, Ángel and Sebastian.
After working as a caddie at Real Golf de Pedreña, he turned professional in 1956 and went on to win the Spanish Professional Championship four times.
He also won the a number of national Opens around the world including the Open de France in 1965 with a closing round 62, the Dutch Open in 1966 and 1971, the Open de Portugal in 1963, 1969 and 1970, the Italian Open in 1971 and his own national Open in 1963.
He also recorded several victories further afield, claiming the Brazil Open in 1965.
In 2001 he achieved his dream, along with his two sons Gabriel and José Antonio, of building a nine-hole par three course, driving range and a golf academy in the village of Agüero, near Pedreña.
Sota, whose sister Carmen Sota was the mother of Seve Ballesteros, Spain’s most successful golfer, died of pneumonia. His funeral will take place in Pedreña at 5pm on Thursday, August 30.