Respected golf writer and historian Dale Concannon has died at the age of 61.
Dale was diagnosed with brain cancer in December last year, and his wife had recently launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for his treatment – which was suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic – before he sadly passed away on June 4.
A former PGA professional, who competed up until 1984 and taught the game in England, Germany, USA and France, Dale turned his hand to journalism and became one of the game’s foremost authorities on golf antiques and collectibles. He had a passion for collecting old clubs, books, artefacts and memorabilia and wrote extensively on the subject for various golf magazines, including Golf Monthly and Golf World.
He also wrote more than 25 books, including well received biographies of Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie. He also wrote numerous books on the Ryder Cup, while among his many other titles included Golfing Bygones, Golf: The Early Days, From Tee to Green, The Round of My Life, Golf: A Photographic History, and Wise Words for Golfers.
As an expert in this field, Dale also served as chief consultant for the Golf & Old Golf Images Photographic Archives, one of the finest collections of pre-1980 imagery in private hands. He was also valuation expert for rare and unusual golf memorabilia, boasting a worldwide clientele.
Dale was a constant presence in the press rooms over the years and enjoyed a long relationship with many golf writers, players and officials.
Dale is survived by his wife, Laura, his father Austin and brother Karl.
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