Who's who in golf - Flory Van Donck


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Name: - Flory van Donck
Country: - Belgium
Lived : - [1912-1992]. Born on June 23, 1912 in Tervuren, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. Died on Jan 14, 1992, aged 79.
Original Home/Club: - Royal GC de Belgique (Ravenstein).
Occupation: - Professional golfer.
Turned Pro: - c. 1931

Roll of Honour

Total professional wins (50+), of which Belgian Opens (5), Dutch Opens (5), Italian Opens (4), French Opens (3), German Opens (2), Swiss Opens (2), Portugal Opens (1), several wins on the British professional circuit and one or two outside Europe. British PGA Order of Merit winner (1953). Twice runner-up in the Open Championship (1956, '59).


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Van Donck is widely regarded as the best Belgian professional ever to have played the game. He recorded over 60 wins as a professional, including many prestgious national championships in Europe. As a teaching professional he was originally engaged at Royal Golf Club de Belgique (Ravenstein) and subsequently at Royal Waterloo GC.


Top tournaments won by Flory Van Donck

1960Men EuropeWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Portmarnock279 (-9)
Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 2 shots behind Van Donck (Belg), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the Canada Cup. Team winners of the Cup: Sam Snead & Arnold Palmer (USA). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1958Men EuropeFrench OpenSaint Germain276x
Played as the Open de France. Defending champion Van Donck (Belg) beat Harold Henning (S Africa) in a 36-hole playoff (Van Donck 137, Henning 141). This was the last of three French Open wins for Van Donck. [Saint Germain GC, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, nr Paris].
1957Men EuropeFrench OpenSaint Cloud266x
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Peter Alliss (Eng) and defending champion Ángel Miguel (Esp) finished 8 shots Van Donck (Belg). This was the second of three French Open wins for Van Donck. [Vert course, Saint Cloud GC, Garches, nr Paris].
1957Men AmericaVenezuela OpenCaracas CC277 (-7)
Played as the inaugural Caracas Open (in Feb 1957; the first of two Caracas Opens that year) (Caribbean tour event). Second-placed Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) and Joe Conrad (USA) finished 1 shot behind Van Donck (Belg). [Caracas CC, Caracas, Venezuela].
1956Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Latem269
Played as the Belgian Open (June 8-10). Second-placed Angel Miguel (Esp) finished 8 shots behind Van Donck (Belg), who claimed the last of his five Belgian Open titles. [Royal Latem GC, Sint-Martens-Latem, East Flanders, Belgium].
1956Men EuropeGerman OpenFrankfurter GC277x
Played as the German Open. Van Donck (Belg) and Eric Brown (Scot) tied after 72 holes. They then tied at 71 each in an 18-hole playoff. Van Donck prevailed at the fourth sudden-death playoff hole. [Frankfurter GC, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main].
1955Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre277x
Played as the Swiss Open. Won by Flory Van Donck (Belg). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1955Men EuropeItalian OpenVenezia GC287
Played as the Italian Open. Henri de Lamaze (Fra) finished in second place behind Van Donck (Belg), who claimed the last of his four Italian Open wins. [Venezia GC, Lido di Venezia, Veneto].
1955Men EuropePortugal OpenEstoril GC267
Played as the Portuguese Open. Won by Van Donck (Belg). [Estoril GC, Estoril, Portugal].
1954Men EuropeFrench OpenSaint Cloud275x
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) and Aldo Casera (Italy) finished 1 shot behind Van Donck (Belg). This was the first of three French Open wins for Van Donck. [Vert course, Saint Cloud GC, Garches, nr Paris].
1953Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Waterloo270
Played as the Belgian Open (Aug 8-10). Second-placed Henri de Lamaze (Fra, amateur) finished 9 shots behind Van Donck (Belg), who claimed the fourth of his five Belgian Open titles. [Royal Waterloo GC, Ferme Blaret, Rhode-Saint-Genese, nr Brussels. This course closed following the Club's move to a new location].
1953Men EuropeDutch OpenEindhoven GC286
Played as the Dutch Open. Second-placed Piet Witte (Neth) finished 2 shots behind Van Donck (Belg), who claimed the last of his five Dutch Open titles. [Eindhovensche Golf, Valkenswaard, nr Eindhoven].
1953Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre267x
Played as the Swiss Open. Won by Flory Van Donck (Belg). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1953Men EuropeGerman OpenFrankfurter GC271 (-13)x
Played as the German Open. Won by Van Donck (Belg). [Frankfurter GC, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main].
1953Men EuropeItalian OpenVilla d'Este267
Played as the Italian Open. Second-placed Max Faulkner (Eng) and Dai Rees (Wales) finished 6 shots behind Van Donck (Belg), who claimed the third of his four Italian Open wins. [GC Villa d'Este, Montorfano, nr Como, Lombardy].
1953Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr71.06x
Van Donck (Belg) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1953 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Van Donck's 71.06 average of was based on 29 rounds played.
1953Men EuropeSilver King T'mentMoor Park274£300
Played as the (last) Silver King Tournament. Second-placed Ken Bousfield (Eng), Bill Branch (Eng) and John Pritchett (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Van Donck (Belg). [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1953Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsSand Moor278£500
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News £1550 Tournament. Harry Bradshaw (Ire) finished 1 shot behind Van Donck (Belg), who clinched victory with a final round 66. [Sand Moor GC, Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1951Men EuropeDutch OpenKennemer281
Played as the Dutch Open. Second-placed Eric Brown (Scot) and Reg Horne (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Van Donck (Belg), who recorded his fourth win in this event. [Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, Netherlands].
1951Men EuropeHarrogate TournamentOakdale GC337£500
Played as the North British-Harrogate 2000 Guineas Tournament (over 90 holes). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Van Donck (Belg). [Oakdale GC, Harrogate, North Yorkshire].
1951Men EuropeSilver King T'mentMoor Park285£300
Played as the Silver King Tournament. Second-placed Jack Hargreaves (Eng) and Wally Smithers (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Van Donck (Belg). [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1947Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal GC des Fagnes285
Played as the Belgian Open. Won by defending champion Van Donck (Belg), who recorded the third of his five Belgian Open titles. [GC des Fagnes, Spa, Ardennes, Belgium].
1947Men EuropeItalian OpenSanremo263
Played as the Italian Open (for the first time since 1938 due to World War II). Aldo Casera (Italy) finished in second place behind defending champion Van Donck (Belg), who claimed the second of his four Italian Open wins. [GC degli Ulivi Sanremo, Sanremo, Liguria].
1947Men EuropeManchester Eve Chron.Mere279£500
Played as the inaugural Manchester Evening Chronicle £1,400 Tournament. Second-placed Johnny Bulla (USA) finished 3 shots behind Van Donck (Belg), who recorded his first victory in Britain. [The Mere Resort, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire].
1946Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Waterloo289
Played as the Belgian Open. W.S. "Bill" Forrester (Scot) finished second to defending champion Van Donck (Belg). [Royal Waterloo GC, Ferme Blaret, Rhode-Saint-Genese, nr Brussels. This course closed following the Club's move to a new location].
1946Men EuropeDutch OpenHilversum290
Played as the Dutch Open. Second-placed Joop Ruhl (Neth) finished 8 shots behind by Van Donck (Belg), who won this event for the third time. [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].
1939Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal GC des Fagnes291 (+11)
Played as the Belgian Open (25th) (Aug 9-11). Max Faulkner (Eng) finished 1 shot behind home-country winner van Donck (Belg), who shot a level par 70 in the final round. [GC des Fagnes, Spa, Ardennes, Belgium].
1938Men EuropeItalian OpenVilla d'Este276
Played as the Italian Open (for the last time until 1947 due to World War II). Pulvio Travaini (Italy) finished in second place behind Van Donck (Belg), who claimed the first of his four Italian Open wins. [GC Villa d'Este, Montorfano, nr Como, Lombardy].
1937Men EuropeDutch OpenUtrecht GC286fl.500
Played as the Dutch Open (July 17/18). Second-placed Auguste Boyer (Fra) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Van Donck (Belg). [Utrechtse GC "De Pan," Bosch en Duin, nr Utrecht].
1936Men EuropeDutch OpenHilversum285fl.500
Played as the Dutch Open (July 4/5). Second-placed Francis "Frank" Francis (Eng, amateur) finished 4 shots behind Van Donck (Belg). [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].

 

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