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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Sid Mouland, who has died, aged 80, was a much respected club professional who won a record six Welsh PGA National Championships.

Mouland, whose son, Mark, won twice on The European Tour and recorded his maiden European Senior Tour victory in 2012, won the first of his Welsh titles at Southerndown in 1961, defended the title at Royal Portcawl one year later then won again at Penarth, Conwy, and Pyle and Kenfig before claiming his sixth at Llandudno in 1969.

Mouland began his career at The Glamorganshire Golf Club where he was based for 20 years before moving to Kenilworth Golf Club then Stoneleigh Deer Park prior to his retirement in 2001.

In addition, Mouland, who won the British Par 3 Championship at the Palace Hotel, Torquay, in the 1960s, was instrumental in the resurgence of that tournament at Nailcote Hall where Mark is attached.

Neil Selwyn-Smith, PGA Captain, said: “Sid was the finest exponent of the short game that I had ever seen. He was absolutely devastating from 80 yards in and I’ve never seen anything like it since. I knew him for nearly 50 years, he was a very charming character, old school and a delightful Welshman who was small in size but as a pro huge in stature.”

Mouland’s passing comes in the week of the 2013 staging of the Welsh PGA National at Royal St David’s which gets under way on Thursday.

A Celebration of Life and scattering of ashes will be held in memory of Sid Mouland on Thursday November 28 at 1.00pm at Nailcote Hall, Nailcote Lane, Berkswell, Warwickshire, CV7 7DE. The family request that those attending do not wear black but rather something bright and colourful.

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