GOLFERS, staff and guests at the world-renowned Belfry Golf Course paused for a minutes silence today/yesterday (WED) to honour the legendary Seve Bellesteros.
The unofficial home of the Ryder Cup fell silent as a mark of respect to the sporting hero – as he was being laid to rest in his home village of Pedrena in northern Spain.
They fittingly gathered around the 10th hole of The Brabazon course where the five time major winner’s famous drive onto the green in the 1978 Hennessy Cup is commemorated with a plaque.
It was a feat repeated by Seve in the 1985 Ryder Cup when he inspired the European team to a win for the first time since 1957.
A central figure of Ryder Cup history, he played in three of the four contests staged at The Belfry.
An air horn was sounded prior to the minute’s silence at 10.30am at the resort in Wishaw, Warks, to enable golfers playing on its three courses to join in the tribute.
The funeral was being held today for Seve, who died of brain cancer on Saturday.
Gary Silcock, director of golf at The Belfry, said: “Seve Ballesteros will be sadly missed by all at The Belfry. His incredible drive onto the 10th green, eight feet from the hole in the 1978 Hennessy Cup is commemorated with a plaque on The Brabazon course.
“A central figure of Ryder Cup history, he played in three of the four contests staged here at the resort. Seve was a hero to millions of golf fans around the world and inspired many to take up the game.
“We invited staff, some of whom fondly remember Seve from when he famously played here in The Ryder Cup in 1985, golfers and guests to join in a minute’s silence to celebrate his life and honour his golfing career.”