A talented golfer well known for his services to the sport in the West Midlands has died, aged 84.
Gerry Lutz, from Sutton Coldfield, failed to recover from a stroke and died on August 14.
The father-of-two was well-known on the professional circuit for his services to the game after a long-standing career in the industry.
He worked for the original Dunlop Sports Company as a starter at high-profile professional events, and was also the longest serving member to date at Walmley Golf Club.
He joined the Wylde Green-based club in 1933, aged just eight years old, and continued to visit right up until his death.
Playing partner John Whitworth spoke with sadness about his friend’s death.
“Gerry was a true friend whom I have known since I was a little boy,” said the 89-year-old, who himself has been a member for 73 years. He was an athletic man – a really good sportsman.
‘‘But in recent years he became more frail, which was sad. He was a great man, who I’ve shared a lot of wonderful experiences with.
“We were doubles partners in the past and we’ve won a few competitions between us. He’ll be greatly missed.”
The widower was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1925 and attended Bishop Vesey School. After spending a short time in the army he worked for a manufacturing company before moving into the golf world.
His first role was with Penfold Golf Company before he transferred to Dunlop, where he spent his “best days”, according to Mr Whitworth.
Mr Lutz, who played off a four handicap at his peak, was well known for his help in organising events like the Dunlop Masters.
Golf commentator Peter Allis, who was another friend, sent his condolences to Mr Lutz’s children, Bob, and Jo.
They became close friends after brushing shoulders on the professional circuit.
A funeral service will be held at The Abbey, in Erdington, on September 1 at 11am.