Welsh ladies golf captain and manager of GB & Ireland’s Curtis Cup team, Sue Turner, has died at the age of 50, after battling illness since last autumn.

Turner was described by friends as “The most successful Welsh captain ever”, with a reputation for spotting and developing youth talent, experiencing considerable success both as a player and a manager.

She led the successful GB & Ireland ladies team to victory in South Africa in 2007 as well as orchestrating consecutive international victories for Wales in 2008 and 2009.

Friend and colleague Tegwen Matthews led the tributes after the news of Sue’s passing broke. The GB & Ireland Curtis Cup captain said: “Needless to say I am absolutely speechless and devastated as are her family and so many friends.

“Sue Turner’s passion for her family, Wales, golf and life itself, was intoxicating and infectious. Sue without a doubt was the most successful Welsh Captain ever and her rapport and motivation of all the girls in her teams was second to none.

“I will miss her so much as will everyone who has been lucky enough to share time with her. Sue and I were so looking forward to the Curtis Cup and I am extremely heavy hearted that she will not be there with me.

“Sue, like myself, was always passionate about all things Welsh and both of us so very proud to be named as Captain and Manager for the Curtis Cup.

“Whilst Sue will not now be there in person, I know she will be there watching us and we will be doing everything in our power to make her proud. My thoughts and prayers are with her beloved daughter Lottie and husband Mike.”