It is with great sadness that we announce the death of The Courier’s golf columnist, Ivie Davies, who lost his battle against pancreatic cancer on Thursday October 20th. He was a totally decent and fun gentleman as an outpouring of messages from the local golfing fraternity via social media sites has reflected over the last week. Needless to say, Ivie had a wonderful knowledge of golf at all levels, and shared his enthusiasm and passion for the sport within the Costa Blanca media for 20 years, as well as getting involved in golf on a practical level here in Spain.
Ivie lived with his wife Diana on the El Raso urbanisation in Guardamar and knew the area well since the early eighties, before settling down full-time on the Costa Blanca in 1996, after leaving Reading in Berkshire, with Ivie going into business selling and servicing golf buggies for the Ez Go company.
He was one of the founders of the Vega Baja Golf League some 16 years ago, which ended up becoming the largest golf society-based league in Spain, and one of the biggest in Europe. He was secretary right until his death last week.
Ivie was also the PGA European Pro Tour’s Spanish ambassador, as he helped to organise the competition finals at Mosa Trajectum in Murcia in 2004, and was then instrumental to bringing the event over to the Intercontinental Mar Menor golf resort in 2011, which were screened live by Sky Sports.
Ivie was secretary of Torrevieja Golf Club for nine years, and he organised golf tournaments and competitions as well as successfully captaining teams in Ryder Cup style tournaments, as well as various Inter Society and Inter League competitions.
His schedule was a busy one and the word “retirement” was not on his lips. He built up a great relationship with players past and present, as well as with names from the British showbiz world that would pop over to the area for a spot of golf, and end up being interviewed by Ivie.
One of his best contacts was the famous cigar-smoking Spanish character Miguel Angel Jimenez, who Ivie got to come over to Quesada’s La Marquesa course back in May for a pro-am charity event that raised over eight thousand euros for three beneficiaries that were full of praise for all the effort that Ivie put in.
The Courier would like to pass on sincere condolences to Ivie’s wife Diana, and the rest of his family. His funeral will take place in Rojales on Tuesday afternoon, to be followed by a celebration of his life at AJ’s Bar, El Raso.