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Tributes to golfer Mark Skinner whose body was found on estuary banks

Tributes have been paid to a talented and popular golfer whose body was found on the banks of the Severn estuary.

Mark Skinner, who was a member of Pontnewydd Golf Club in Torfaen, was described as a "larger than life character" by golfing colleagues.

Mr Skinner, a Welsh team championship winner, had also been a Welsh men's team selector.

His body was discovered between Redwick and Goldcliffe in the Newport area on Saturday morning.

Gwent Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Richard Dixon, chief executive of the Golf Union of Wales, said: "He was a very accomplished county and club player and was extremely well known in golfing circles.

"He was a larger than life character and was very popular.

"Any time from the late 1980s or 90s, if you were a reasonable player you would've known Mark Skinner.

"It's very sad news."

He said Mr Skinner had been a Welsh team championship winner three times and was also a Welsh men's selector around 10 years ago.

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