THE local golfing community has been saddened to learn of the death of former Ashton professional Colin Boyle at the age of 60.
Colin was diagnosed two years ago with progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare disease known as PSP that results from damage to nerve cells in the brain.
The illness forced Colin to end his marathon 29-year stint as professional at Ashton.
Before that Colin was professional at Fairfield between 1980/87 and assistant pro at Withington from 1976/80.
Colin’s name will live on at Ashton, though, as the club not long ago named its new swing room the Colin Boyle Suite in his honour.
Son Michael, who succeeded his father as professional in 2016, revealed Colin grew up wanting to become a professional footballer and had trials at Manchester City.
When it became clear he would not become a professional, Colin turned to golf beginning at Fairfield and he soon progressed to become a professional.
Michael added that his father’s legacy lives on in the game.
He explained: “Dad always talked about having nine PGA assistants during his time at Ashton and they have all gone on to become head pro’s in their own right.
“He was a father figure to them just as he was to Matthew Nixon (now a European Tour pro) and myself when we were growing up. He oversaw our development as golfers.”
Colin leaves wife Karen, son Michael and daughters Laura and Lisa.
Colin died on October 29 at Tameside General Hospital and his funeral was at Dukinfield Crematorium on Tuesday, November 13.