Seve's Funeral
By Kickntrue on 5/11/11
Services were held for Seve Ballesteros this morning in his native Spain.
Ryder Cup captains Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Jose Maria Olazabal marched together in silence as part of the procession from Ballesteros' family home to the church of San Pedro de Pedrena.

Ballesteros, a five-time major winner and Ryder Cup stalwart who revived European golf, died Saturday at age 54 from complications of a cancerous brain tumor.

Ballesteros' oldest son, Javier, carried the urn holding the Spanish golf great's ashes at the front of the procession, with the wail of a single bagpipe punctuating the occasion on an overcast day in the tiny village off the Bay of Santander.

The procession also included several young boys and girls wearing a replica of the navy blue outfit that Ballesteros wore for his first British Open win in 1979. They each held a 3-iron, the first club he used as a child.
While funerals are by definition a bit of a downer, it's always best when they are also a celebration of life- and it sounds like that's what this was for Seve. His ashes will be buried under a magnolia tree on the family's property.

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Torleif Sorenson says:
Keeping in mind the various faiths/non-faith of various oobers, I thank our kind and loving God that he gave us Severiano Ballesteros for as long as we had him. @Kickntrue was exactly right at the end of his piece; Gamesmanship in the Ryder Cup aside, when I think about his recovery / escape artistry from seemingly impossible places, I will always have a smile on my face.
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