GOLFING GREAT PETER THOMSON PASSES AWAY

20/06/2018


New Zealand Golf was sad to learn of the passing of Australian golfing great Peter Thomson today.

He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and lost his brave battle at home in Melbourne surrounded by family at 9.00 a.m. Born on 23 August 1929, he was two months short of his 89th birthday.

The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965 (which included three in a row), a record equalled in the 20th and 21st Centuries only by American Tom Watson.

The Australian legend is well known to New Zealand golfing fans having played in New Zealand on many occasions and holds the record of the most wins in our National Open, having held the Brodie Breeze Trophy nine times.

As well as a great player he was an outstanding contributor to the game, serving as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organisation where he was chairman for five years. He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

Peter is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 

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