Tributes have been paid to Peter Lloyd, who served the Professional Golfers’ Association admirably for 30 years, notably as secretary of the Scottish Region, after he passed away peacefully on Sunday at the age of 76.
“Very sad indeed,” said 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie of Lloyd’s death. “Peter was brilliant to my wife, Marian, and myself when I first started playing Scottish Region events. A great guy who will be sorely missed.”
Born in Airdrie and brought up in Gartcosh, Lloyd started with The PGA in 1986 after the closure of the local British Steel plant, having followed his father into the steel industry after leaving school.
Appointed by his good friend Sandy Jones, Lloyd was tournament director for the Scottish Region for eight years before serving as the senior tournament director at The Belfry for two years.
He returned to Scotland in January 1997 as regional secretary, succeeding Neil Simpson, and held that post until December 2006. During that time he managed the Region’s move from Glenbervie to its current headquarters at Gleneagles.
At Tartan Tour events, Lloyd was supported by his wife, Anne, as she worked as a recorder. Her death in November 2010 left a huge void in Lloyd’s life but he continued to serve The PGA in a pastoral role.
In fact, he served as welfare and benevolent officer for 10 years, just stopping last year.
“Peter will be missed by the many who knew him but fondly remembered by us all,” said Jones, The PGA executive president. “He was a great ambassador for golf and The PGA and I have lost a lifelong friend.”
PGA in Scotland secretary Shona Malcolm added: “Peter was a true character and they are few and far between in golf in Scotland today. He was always ready with advice and willing to help but never let anyone away with actions he thought reflected badly on his beloved PGA.
“I’ll miss lifting the phone and asking, ‘Peter, can you remember the background to such and such a tournament?’ Invariably, he could.”
Lawrie was joined in paying tribute to Lloyd by former PGA in Scotland captains Andrew Crerar and David Scott.
“Peter was a true gentleman and a dedicated man in many ways,” said Panmure PGA Professional Crerar. “He was a giant for The PGA in Scotland and will be greatly missed and very fondly remembered.”
Scott, director of operations at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, added: “Peter was a huge support to so many people during his time at The PGA. He will be sadly missed.”
Lloyd, a vice president of Mount Ellen Golf Club, is survived by his three children: Alison, Lesley and Leonard and his grandchildren Daniel, James, Callum, Fraser and Megan.