Kathleen Bray RIP

John Manning remembers the late Collinstown member

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The Pitch and Putt community is mourning the sad loss of Kathleen Bray (RIP).

Kathleen Bray (RIP) enriched the sport of Pitch and Putt as a valued member of the Collinstown club, in Co. Westmeath and across Ireland for upwards of three decades.

A fixture on Westmeath Inter-County teams from the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s, Kathleen played crucial roles in the Westmeath runners-up performances in the 1987 National Inter-County championship at Glenville and in the 2001 Leinster Inter-County championship at Collinstown.

Towards the end of Kathleen’s Inter-County career, she helped the Lake County to successive third places provincially in 2004 and 2005

Dedicated to all aspects of club life in Collinstown, Kathleen was Honorary Secretary during the Silver Jubilee year of 2000.

Five times Westmeath champion (one Strokeplay and four Matchplay), Kathleen was a winner of the Bill and Una Daly Foursomes with her late husband Joe, one of countless prizes they won as a partnership.

Joe was an astute manager of many Westmeath Inter-County sides and a course maintenance specialist.

Kathleen’s son Paul won the National Mixed Foursomes (with Liz Quinn) at St. Bridget’s in 2001 and was All Ireland Strokeplay runner-up to Ray Murphy at Lakeside in millennium year.

Paul’s brother Stephen and sister Susan were also accomplished players. Susan joined her mother on the 2001 Leinster Inter-County silver medal winning side.

Deepest sympathy is extended to Kathleen’s family, her many friends and to the Westmeath Pitch and Putt fraternity.

May Kathleen rest in peace.