Tom Egan - RIP

​Former international and Close champion passes away

  • 20 April 2020

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Monkstown produced many outstanding golfers over the years. TW (Tom) Egan was the most distinguished on the men's side as the winner of the Irish Close Championship in 1952 when he defeated Joe Brown of Waterford at the 41st hole at Royal Belfast before going on to capture the East of Ireland at Baltray 10 years later. His performance in the third round of the 1962 East of Ireland Championship, was remarkable. That was when, en route to the title, he carded eight successive birdies, from the second to the ninth, in an outward 30. And he then held his nerve for a homeward 37 to equal the record of 67 - eight under par at that time.

Egan's consistency over the years made him an invaluable member of a succession of Irish teams from 1952 all the way up to 1969.

His most celebrated performance in the green came in the final of the European Team Championship in Turin in 1967. The great Joe Carr and Tom Craddock played the major role in Ireland's march to the final against France. The morning foursomes were shared but Carr and Craddock were beaten in the opening two singles matches, leaving the Irish in a precarious situation. David Sheahan and Peter Flaherty quickly levelled matters leaving the outcome dependent on Egan's clash with Roger Lagarde. It was nip and tuck until the Corkman produced a lengthy putt on the 18th green that saw Ireland home by 4 matches to 3.

Tom is survived by his wife Angela and nine children Paula, Anne, Frank, Denise, Tommy, Michelle, Robert, Michael and Louise.  Date of death Friday 17 April 2020 https://rip.ie/death-notice/thomas-w.-egan-carrigaline-cork/420450