Christy O'Connor and Royal Dublin
Irish people have a special place in their heart for sporting heroes. Christy O'Connor is one such hero. He blazed a trail through the world of professional golf in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. The first golfer ever to win a five-figure sum in Europe, Christy represented Great Britain and Ireland on ten consecutive occasions in the Ryder Cup and played for Ireland in a remarkable 15 World Cups, famously winning in 1958 with the great Harry Bradshaw (Portmarnock).
Christy O'Connor joined Royal Dublin in 1959 as club professional, and his association with the club continued for 57 years. In 1988, the members expressed the esteem in which they hold this great golfer by conferring Honorary Life Membership on Himself, as he is affectionately known.
Special note: On November 2nd 2009, Christy received one of the highest honours in Golf when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida. Read more about his induction and list of career accomplishments on the World Golf Hall of Fame site.