BRYAN SILK INDUCTED TO NEW ZEALAND GOLF'S HALL OF FAME

28/10/2019

Following an incredible career in amateur golf and his contribution as an administrator, New Zealand Golf and the golfers of New Zealand acknowledge the achievements of Bryan Silk by inducting him into the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame.

Fittingly, the induction was undertaken at the Wanganui Golf Club as part of their 125th Celebration dinner last night.

One of the best amateur players, who had a long-playing career at the highest amateur level, Bryan first came into prominence in 1929 when, as a 19-year old, he played in his first New Zealand Open.

Bryan’s best result in the New Zealand Open was in 1948 when he achieved second place, having been denied a playoff when Alex Murray made birdie on the 72nd hole. Bryan also achieved twelve top-seven finishes but although he played in the championship until the late 1960s, only missing one year, this was one tournament in his illustrious playing career that eluded him a win. Bryan’s impressive results in the championship also included winning the Bledisloe Cup, presented to the leading amateur, on four occasions.

Bryan’s amateur successes continued with his wins in the New Zealand Amateur Championship, New Zealand Open Foursomes Championship, New Zealand Foursomes Champion and North Island Championship. With his win in the 1957 Caltex Pro-Am, he became only the second New Zealand amateur to win a professional event. In 1945 Bryan won the Inter-Allied Open tournament in Rome by a massive 20 strokes. Using borrowed clubs, he displayed his natural ability on the golf course. Bryan was also a New Zealand representative eight times between 1932 and 1956.

The legendary Gene Sarazen was so impressed with Bryan’s game that he encouraged him to join him on the lucrative US PGA Tour but instead, the qualified accountant remained in New Zealand.

While in Britain, Bryan investigated the merits of the newly formed Golf Foundation for fostering golf through schools. He was favourably impressed and from 1955 to 1971 he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Golf Foundation.

Bryan’s administration contribution to golf at national level continued as a member of the New Zealand Golf Council from 1964 to 1976, being elected President in 1980 and the New Zealand team manager at the 1967 Commonwealth Tournament.

Bryan is a golf and Wanganui legend who gave so much back to golf. He was renowned for his extreme concentration on the golf course, his knowledge of the sport, his impeccable dress, and his perfect manners.

Bryan Silk’s record as a player and a passionate administrator is extensive and we are extremely proud to acknowledge his impressive career of achievement and longevity by admitting him to the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame.

BRYAN SILK – NATIONAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS

New Zealand Amateur Champion - 1934, 1937 & 1947

New Zealand Open Leading Amateur - 1934, 1936, 1948 & 1963

New Zealand Open Foursomes Champion - 1950 & 1954

New Zealand Foursomes Champion - 1938, 1949, 1950 & 1954

North Island Champion - 1948, 1949, 1951, 1956 & 1958

New Zealand Open Championship Runner-Up - 1948, 12 top-seven finishes

Caltex Pro-Am - 1957
 

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