Who's who in golf - Graham Marsh

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Name: - Graham Vivian Marsh
Country: - Australia
Born : - January 14, 1944 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
Original Home/Club: - Gosnells GC and Cottesloe GC, Perth, Western Australia.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, course designer and course owner.
Turned Pro: - 1969
Web Address: - http://www.gmgd.com.au

Roll of Honour

SENIOR MAJORS (2): US Snr Open (1997); The Tradition (1999). Total professional wins (70), of which European Tr (10), Australasian Tr (15), Japan Tr (20), Asian Tr (5), US PGA Tr (1) and Champions Tr (6). Awarded the MBE, Member of the Order of the British Empire (1984).

Golf course design

Marsh's initial design work focused on Australia and Japan, but later projects branched out to other parts of Asia, Europe and the USA. He often collaborated with fellow Australian designer Ross Watson. His best known work includes, but is not limited to:

AUSTRALIA: Eynesbury; Growling Frog; Horizons Resort; Palm Meadows (Gold Coast); Paradise Palms; Secret Harbour; Terrey Hills G&CC; Vines Resort (Perth); Western Australia (redesign).

ASIA: BFA Intl (China); Huatang Intl (China); Penang (Malaysia); Staffield (Malaysia); Suzhou Taihu Intl (China); Tropicana (Malaysia).

UNITED STATES: Old Silo (Kentucky); Pines course, Paririe Club (Nebraska).

Did you know?

Marsh, better known as "Swampy," was an excellent cricketer in his youth, and trained as a maths teacher after graduating from the University of Western Australia. After a successful period as a young amateur golfer, he turned professional in 1969, becoming one of the leading Australian golfers of his generation. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he was a regular winner on the European, Japanese and Australasian tours. As a senior, Marsh played extensively on the Senior PGA Tour in the United States, which brought him his two major championship wins. In 1986 he established the very successful Graham Marsh Golf Design business. Graham's younger brother Rod Marsh, played cricket for Australia. During his career as a batsman/wicket-keeper, Rod Marsh was known as one of the game's most colourful characters.

Top tournaments won by Graham Marsh

1999Men AmericaGillette Tour ChallengeMid Ocean Club59 (-12)$165,000
Played as the Gillette Tour Challenge (Oct 5; unofficial money best-ball event involving eight teams that comprised a PGA Tr, LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). The team of Graham Marsh (Aus), Dottie Pepper (USA) & Tom Watson (USA) beat second-placed team of Jeff Sluman (USA), Nancy Lopez (USA) & Dana Quigley (USA) in a one-shot nearest-the-pin playoff (208-yard par-3 17th). [Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town, Bermuda].
1999Snr MajorsThe TraditionDesert Mountain136 (-8)$225,000
Played as The Tradition presented by Countrywide (April 1-4). Second-placed Larry Nelson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Marsh (Aus), who recorded the last of his six US Snr Tr wins. Reduced to 36 holes due to spring snowstorms during the event. [Cochise course, Desert Mountain GC, Scottsdale, AZ].
1997Snr AmericaLegends of Golf (US)PGA West192 (-24)$100,000
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (March 21-23; unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) & Hubert Green (USA) finished 3 shots behind John Bland (RSA) & Graham Marsh (Aus). [Palmer course, Club at PGA West, La Quinta, California].
1997Snr AmericaNationwide Ch'shipGC of Georgia205 (-11)$195,000
Played as the Nationwide Championship (June 20-22). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus). [Lakeside course, GC of Georgia, Alpharetta, nr Atlanta, Georgia].
1997Snr MajorsUS Snr OpenOlympia Fields280 (-8)$232,500
The US Senior Open (June 26-29). Second-placed John Bland (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus), who recorded back-to-back Snr PGA Tour wins, and his first major championship victory. [North Course, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].
1996Snr AmericaHome Depot Invtl.TPC Piper Glen206 (-10)$120,000
Played as the PaineWebber Invitational (May 3-5). Second-placed Tom Wargo (USA) and Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus). [TPC Piper Glen, Charlotte, North Carolina].
1996Snr AmericaUtah ShowdownPark Meadows, UT202 (-14)$120,000
Played as the Franklin Quest Championship (Aug 30-Sep 1). Second-placed Kermit Zarley (USA) finished 2 shots behind Marsh (Aus). [Park Meadows CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].
1995Snr AmericaRegions Charity ClassicGreystone G&CC201 (-15)$157,500
Played as Bruno's Memorial Classic (June 2-4). Second-placed J.C. Snead (USA) finished 5 shots behind first-time Snr PGA Tour winner Marsh (Aus). [Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama].
1987Men JapanTaiheiyo MastersTaiheiyo Club (Gotemba)276 (-12)¥16million
Played as the VISA Taiheiyo Masters (Nov 12-15; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus). [Gotemba course, Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Jpn].
1985Men EuropeDutch OpenNoordwijk282 (-6)£21,660
Played as the KLM Dutch Open (July 25-28). Second-placed and defending champion Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus), who claimed the last of his ten European Tour wins. [Noordwijkse GC, Noordwijk, Neth.].
1985Men EuropeLawrence Batley Intl.Belfry, The283 (-5)£20,000
Played as the Lawrence Batley International Classic (July 10-13). Second-placed Rick Hartmann (USA) finished 2 shots behind Marsh (Aus). [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
1983Men Aus/NZNew Zealand PGA
Played as the New Zealand PGA Championship. Won by Graham Marsh (Aus).
1982Men Aus/NZAustralian MastersHuntingdale289x
Played as the Australian Masters. Stewart Ginn (Aus) finished in second place behind Marsh (Aus).
1982Men Aus/NZAustralian PGARoyal Melbourne282x
Played as the Mayne Nickless Australian PGA Ch'ship. Won by Graham Marsh (Aus).
1981Men EuropeEuropean OpenRoyal Liverpool275 (-13)£17,500
Played as the Dixcel Tissues European Open (Sept 3-6). Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Marsh (Aus). [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1981Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC277 (-3)US$60,465
Played as the Chunichi Crowns - International Invitation Golf (Apr 30-May 3; Japan Tr event). Second-placed D.A. Weibring (USA) finished 2 shots behind Marsh (Aus), who won this event for the second time. [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1981Men JapanUbe Kosan OpenUbe 72 CC270 (-18)¥5million
Played as the Pepsi-Wilson Tournament (May 18-21). Won by Marsh (Aus). [Mannennike West course, Ube 72 CC, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan].
1980Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenFulford272 (-16)£13,330
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (Aug 7-10). Second-placed John Bland (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Marsh (Aus). [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
1979Men EuropeBritish MastersWoburn283 (-5)£10,000
Played as the Dunlop Masters (Oct 3-6). Second-placed Isao Aoki (Jpn) and Neil Coles (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
1979Men EuropeDutch OpenNoordwijk285 (-3)£5,015
Played as the Dutch Open (July 26-29). Second-placed Antonio Garrido (Esp) and Malcolm Gregson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Noordwijkse GC, Noordwijk, Neth.].
1977Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town273 (-11)$45,000
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (March 24-27). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus), who recorded his only win on the PGA Tour. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1977Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GCUS$40,000
Played as the Chunichi Crowns - International Invitation Golf (Apr 28-May 1; Japan Tr event). Won by Marsh (Aus), who recorded his tenth Japan Tour win. [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1977Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche273£9,714
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Marsh (Aus) won after a playoff. [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1977Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club5 & 3£30,000
Played as the Colgate World Match Play Championship (Oct 5-8; field of 16 players). Marsh (Aus) beat Raymond Floyd (USA) 5 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1976Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenFulford272 (-12)£8,000
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (Sept 22-25). Second-placed Mark James (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Marsh (Aus). [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
1976Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn272 (-16)¥12million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 25-28; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Miller Barber (USA) finished 6 shots behind Marsh (Aus), whose first prize equated to US$40,000. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1975Men AsiaMalaysian OpenRoyal Selangor276 (-12)
Played as the Malaysian Open. Second-placed Min-nan Hsieh (Taiw) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Marsh (Aus). [Old course, Royal Selangor GC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia].
1974Men JapanBridgestone OpenSodegaura CC278 (-10)US$16,666
Played as the Bridgestone Tournament (Oct 31-Nov 3; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Seiichi Numazawa (Jpn) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus), who recorded his fifth Japan Tour win, and fourth in 1974. [Sodegaura course, Sodegaura CC, Chiba, Jpn].
1974Men AsiaMalaysian OpenRoyal Perak278
Played as the Malaysian Open. Won by Marsh (Aus). [Royal Perak GC, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia].
1974Men JapanUbe Kosan OpenKatayamazu GC284 (-4)
Played as the Pepsi-Wilson Tournament (May 23-26). Marsh (Aus) beat Hsieh Yung-yo (Taiw) to record his fourth Japan Tour win. [Hakusan course, Katayamazu GC, Kaga, Ishikawa].
1973Men AsiaIndian OpenDelhi GC280x
Played as the Indian Open. Won by Marsh (Aus). [Delhi GC, New Delhi, India].
1973Men EuropeScottish OpenSt Andrews286 (-2)£2,437
Played as the Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open (June 27-30). Second-placed Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Marsh (Aus). [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
1973Men AsiaThailand OpenSiam CC286 (-2)
Played as the Thailand Open (Asian circuit event). Second-placed Ben Arda (Phil) and Mitsutaka Kono (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Marsh (Aus). [Old course, Siam CC, Pattaya, Thailand].
1972Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre270 (-10)x
Played as the Swiss Open. Second-placed Tony Jacklin (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Marsh (Aus). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1972Men EuropeGerman OpenFrankfurter GC271 (-13)x
Played as the German Open. Brian Huggett (Wales) finished in second place behind Marsh (Aus). [Frankfurter GC, Niederrad, Frankfurt am Main].
1971Men AsiaIndian OpenDelhi GC275x
Played as the Indian Open. Won by Marsh (Aus). [Delhi GC, New Delhi, India].
1970Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre274x
Played as the Swiss Open. Second-placed Donald Swaelens (Belg) and Jean Garaialde (Fra) finished behind Marsh (Aus). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].


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