Ronnie SHADE


Date of Birth - 1938

Died - 10 September 1986

Place of Birth - Edinburgh

Turned Pro - 1968


Shade grew up playing golf at Dudddingston Golf Club in that city. He

 enjoyed unrivalled success as an amateur player in the 1960s, winning five

 Consecutive Scottish Amateur Championships from 1963 to 1967 (Shade

 had also lost in the final in 1962). In 1966, he also finished as leading

 individual player at the Eisenhower Trophy, as leading amateur in The Open

 Championship, and reached the final of the British Amateur Championship,

 losing to Bobby Cole. He represented Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup

 on four occasions (1961 to 1967 inclusive), and was three times winner of

 the English Amateur Open Strokeplay Championship (the Brabazon Trophy).

 Shade's amateur golf success was all the more noteworthy, since he came

 from a working class background, and during that era British amateur golf

 was the preserve of the well-to-do.

Shade was awarded the MBE as an amateur, and decided to turn

 professional at the relatively late age of 30. Often referred to by fellow

 players as "Right Down the Bloody Middle", a nickname based on his initials

 and his exceptional accuracy, he did not enjoy as many victories as a

professional as his amateur record might have foretold, although he won

 the Carroll's International in 1969, in his rookie season, and represented

 Scotland at the World Cup in 1970, 1971 and 1972. His strength at match

 play golf remained proven, however; he was runner-up at the British PGA

 Matchplay Championship in 1970, and was a semi-finalist on two further

 occasions.


ACHIEVEMENTS


Walker Cup 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967

Great Britain v Europe  1962, 1964, 1966, 1968

World Team Championship 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968

World Cup 1970, 1971, 1972

      

1961 Brabazon Trophy

    1963 Scottish Amateur Championship

1963 Brabazon Trophy

    1964 Scottish Amateur Championship

    1965 Scottish Amateur Championship

    1966 Scottish Amateur Championship

    1967 Scottish Amateur Championship

1967  Brabazon Trophy

    1969 Carroll's International

    1970 Scottish PGA Championship

    1975 Mufulira Open (Zambia)