Duncan Evans: Amateur Golfer and Tax Scammer

By | 4th December 2019

Duncan Evans is an amateur golfer who secured numerous golfing accolades and has been convicted of tax fraud. In 1980, Evans became the first Welshman to win The Amateur Championship at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. That same year, in recognition of his achievement, Evans was awarded the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the year. That same year Evans participated in the Open Championship at Muirfield, the home of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. The following year, Evans represented Great Britain and Ireland at the 1981 Walker Cup at Cypress Point Club in California, USA. Also, in 1981, Evans participated in the Open Championship at Royal St George’s, based in Sandwich, Kent.

Duncan Evans: The Amateur Championship and BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year

Held in the United Kingdom since 1885, the Amateur Championship is also known as the British Amateur or British Amateur Championship. Alongside the US Amateur, it is one of the two leading and most prestigious international championships. With 38 golf federations fielding participants, the Amateur Championship has the widest global representation. When Duncan Evans took the title, he became the first Welshman to do so in the history of the tournament. Evans’ victory was made more poignant by the fact it took place at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Wales.

Duncan Evans: From Sports Personality to Convicted Tax Fraudster

His victory in the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl brought the amateur golfer great renown. However, Duncan Evans gained more renown decades later as a tax scammer and fraudster. In partnership with notorious fraudster ‘Riviera’ Ray Woolley, Duncan Evans turned from amateur golf to a life of crime. As part of the scam, Evans claimed more than £21 million in illegal VAT refunds from HM Revenue and Customs. Eventually, Evans boasted a diverse portfolio of assets which included the £3.5 million Deansgreen Hall in Lymm, Cheshire. Ultimately, Evans was arrested in 2017 and convicted of tax fraud.