David Hamilton, former press officer with the English Golf Union and latterly England Golf, has sadly passed away at his home in Essex. He was 83.

David worked tirelessly to champion amateur golf and report on our championships between 2001 and his retirement soon after the merger of the English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association in 2012.

During a successful career in journalism David also worked for publications such as Golf Weekly and Golf Illustrated and was a member of both the Press Golfing Society and the Association of Golf Writers where he acted as golf captain for many years.

England Golf’s director of championships, James Crampton, has paid tribute to the man and his work.

“It’s very sad to hear of Dave’s passing,” said James.

“When I started with England Golf in 2001, Dave, as press officer, was an important member of the small team working on championships. He was a great guy to be around.

“He helped promote the amateur game in England through his reporting of our championships and made many friends along the way.

“His rapport with the players – many of whom went on to bigger things in the professional ranks – came through in his writing which brought the amateur game to life for so many readers around the country.

“We shared many a laugh at events over the years and I will remember him fondly.

“My thoughts, and those of everyone at England Golf, are with his family and friends at this time.”