Michael Hayes R.I.P.
Death of a Pitch and Putt trailblazer
The Pitch and Putt community is in shock following the death, at a young age, of Michael Hayes (R.I.P.). Having served various groups within Pitch and Putt Ireland as a volunteer officer in the 1980s, Michael was appointed the first full-time National Coaching and Development Administrator in 1991. He worked diligently and capably in that role for twelve years - more than a decade of distinguished development work for the sport of Pitch and Putt.
Along with Catalan supremo Martin Whitelaw, Michael expertly organised the Ireland tour of Catalonia in 1997. That trip by a 70-strong Ireland touring party culminated in the inaugural Catalonia v. Ireland international match that sparked sustained international development of Pitch and Putt.
Michael represented Ireland at the exploratory international meeting held in Dublin during 1999, which led to the formation of the European Pitch and Putt Association (EPPA). Michael contributed to EPPA’s first Constitution.
We extend deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.