Christopher Howell, Chairman of the Oceânico Group, has issued the following statement:
“It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of the sudden passing of former Oceânico course designer Christy O’Connor Jnr.
“A Ryder Cup legend, a wonderful player and an amazing entrepreneur, Christy was a true gentleman and a great ambassador for our Amendoeira Golf Resort, where he poured his infectious passion into designing the Oceânico O’Connor Jnr course, which opened in 2008.
From day one Christy embraced the project with the passion that was so unique to him. He quickly became part of the Oceânico family. He would spend so much time on site, personally overseeing the course developments and re-working every detail until he was 100% happy with the result.
“Every time he was in the Algarve and had the opportunity, he would come down and test his own masterpiece with friends and family. His charisma will live long in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to cross his path. He leaves the legacy of his vision for the game of golf, reflected in his designs, of which the Oceânico O’Connor Jnr course at the Amendoeira Golf Resort is an outstanding example.
“We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his wife Ann and the whole O’Connor family.” Christopher Howell, Chairman of the Oceânico Group.
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