By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Charlie Green OBE, one of the most successful Scottish amateurs golfers in the second half of the 20th Century, has died at the age of 80. He had been suffering from cancer since last August.
The funeral service is on Monday (11.15am) at Cardoss Parish Church.
Born in Dumbarton on August 2, 1932, Green was Scottish amateur champion in 1970, 1982 and 1983.
He won the silver medal as leading amateur in the 1962 Open championship.
Green played in five Walker Cup matches between 1963 and 1973. He was also captain of the GB and I Walker Cup team in 1983 and 1985.
Long and lean, Charlie did not win the first of his three Scottish titles until he was close on 38 - he beat Hugh Stuart by one hole in the final at Balgownie - and Green did not gain the first of many caps for Scotland until 1961 when he was 29.
An affable character, Charlie once told me he "couldn't hit a barn door as a boy golfer."
Fortunately, he persevered and the rest is history.
He enjoyed an Indian Summer of a golfing career when he graduated to the over-50s ranks.
Charlie won the British senior open amateur title six times - four in a row from 1988 to 1991, and then two more consecutively in 1993 and 94.