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HE WAS a keen golfer and a popular character.

So it was only right that friends and family of Mat Evans gathered together at his favourite golf club to play his favourite sport.

Fleetlands Golf Club in Gosport fundraising day in memory of former member Mat Evans who died last year. A bench has been put near the waterfront.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142088-7)

Fleetlands Golf Club in Gosport fundraising day in memory of former member Mat Evans who died last year. A bench has been put near the waterfront.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142088-7)

The 41-year-old died last Christmas in his sleep. He is believed to have died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Mat, who lived in Gosport, had worked at Ian’s Barber’s Shop in Havant for the past two decades and customers raised more than £1,700 in his memory.

A memorial bench has been placed at the fifth tee at Fleetlands Golf Club in Gosport to remember Mat.

Geoff Evans is Mat’s dad. The pair used to play golf together at Fleetlands.

12/7/14  ''Fleetlands Golf Club in Gosport fundraising day in memory of former member Mat Evans who died last year. Jeff Jacobs on the green''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142088-6) PPP-141207-193841001

12/7/14 ''Fleetlands Golf Club in Gosport fundraising day in memory of former member Mat Evans who died last year. Jeff Jacobs on the green''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142088-6) PPP-141207-193841001

The 64-year-old from Chantry Road in Gosport, said: ‘It’s a chance for everybody who was associated with Mat, who worked with him or were involved with him to all get together. He was a much-loved character and something like this shows you that.

‘There is an incredible amount of people here. He would be pleased and proud but he also would be embarrassed.’

The event was organised by friend Ian Russell. The 52-year-old from Fairview Court in Gosport, said: ‘Mat was one of my best friends. We’ve had a day to celebrate his life.

‘Mat was a great golfer; he loved his golf. We would spend many a happy time down here playing golf.

‘It was his little passion and it’s mine as well and I think he would really appreciate this and would be looking down on us.’

Around 80 people gathered at Fleetlands Golf Club in Gosport to enjoy a barbecue and a few drinks, as well as a game of golf.

In the evening there was live music and a curry.

Money was raised for the club and in support of SADS UK which raises awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Friend Keith Venton, 45, from Upham, added: ‘We used to play golf every Wednesday.

‘We just wanted to do it for Mat and raise as much money as we can, have a good day and have a few beers.

‘That’s what Mat would have done. He would be humbled by this.’