Who's who in golf - Norman Von Nida


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Name: - Norman Guy Von Nida
Country: - Australia
Lived : - [1914-2007]. Born Feb 14, 1914 in Strathfield, Sydney, NSW. Died on May 20, 2007 in Gold Coast, Queensland, aged 93.
Original Home/Club: - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1933

Roll of Honour

Total professional wins (46), of which Australasian Tour (30) including three Australian Opens and four Australian PGA Championships. Also 14 European circuit wins and two Philippine Opens. British PGA Order of Merit winner (1947). The PGA Tour of Australasia's developmental tour is named the Von Nida Tour after him.


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Measuring just 5ft 6in (1.67m), and weighing in at around 9st 6lb (60kg), Von Nida was never going to be the biggest golfer produced by Australia, but he was one of the country's most successful. In addition to his 30 wins on the Australasian circuit, he became the first Australian to regularly win on the British tour.

World War II (1939-45) denied Von Nida the chance to compete in what might have been his best years. He travelled to Britain for the first time in 1946, finishing second on the British PGA Order of Merit. He returned for the 1947 season and won seven tournaments, this time topping the Order of Merit for the season. Short in stature and also short in temper, Von Nida had a reputation for occasionally hurling his putter into the bushes after missing makeable putts.


Top tournaments won by Norman Von Nida

1953Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenRoyal Melbourne278 (-18)
Played as the Australian Open (Oct 22-24). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Von Nida (Aus), who recorded the last of his three Australian Open wins. [East course, Royal Melbourne GC, Victoria, Aus].
1952Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenLake Karrinyup278 (-14)
Played as the Australian Open (Aug 29-31). Second-placed Ossie Pickworth (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Von Nida (Aus), who posted the second of his three Australian Open wins. [Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, WA, Aus].
1951Men Aus/NZAustralian PGAMetropolitan GC6 & 5x
Played as the Australian PGA Ch'ship. Von Nida (Aus) beat Ossie Pickworth (Aus) 6 and 5 in the final.
1951Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsMoortown281£225
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News £1450 Tournament. Von Nida (Aus) and defending champion Dai Rees (Wales) finished in a tie for first place. Ken Bousfield (Eng) finished 1 shot back in third place. [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1950Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenKooyonga286
Played as the Australian Open (Aug 24-26). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Von Nida (Aus), who recorded the first of his three Australian Open wins. [Kooyonga GC, Lockleys, Adelaide, SA].
1950Men Aus/NZAustralian PGALakes GC, Aus6 & 5x
Played as the Australian PGA Ch'ship. Von Nida (Aus) beat Eric Cremin (Aus) 6 and 5 in the final. [The Lakes GC, Sydney, Aus].
1948Men Aus/NZAustralian PGARoyal Hobart2 & 1
Played as the Australian PGA Ch'ship. Von Nida (Aus) beat Eric Cremin (Aus) 2 and 1 in the final. [Royal Hobart GC, Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania].
1948Men EuropeBritish MastersSunningdale, Eng272£300
Played as the Dunlop Masters (Oct 5-7). Second-placed Fred Daly (N.Ire) finished 2 shots behind Von Nida (Aus), who shot a course record final round 63, "the greatest round of my life" he later commented. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1948Men EuropeDaily Mail T'mentSunningdale, Eng270£525
Played as the Daily Mail £2500 Tournament. Second-placed Reg Whitcombe (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Von Nida (Aus). [Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1948Men EuropeLotus TournamentRoyal Mid-Surrey271£350
Played as the Lotus £1,500 Tournament. Second-placed Dai Rees (Wales) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Von Nida (Aus), who fired a pair of 66s in the final two rounds to clinch victory. [Outer course, Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey. Now called the J.H. Taylor course.].
1948Men EuropeManchester Eve Chron.Mere281£400
Played as the Manchester Evening Chronicle £1,500 Tournament. Second-placed Dick Burton (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Von Nida (Aus). [The Mere Resort, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire].
1948Men EuropeSpalding TournamentSt Andrews289£300
Played as the Spalding £1,250 Tournament. Second-placed Fred Bullock (Eng) and Reg Whitcombe (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Von Nida (Aus). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
1947Men EuropeBrand-Lochryn T'mentRoyal Mid-Surrey290£500
Played as the Brand-Lochryn £1,500 Tournament. Second-placed Max Faulkner (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Von Nida (Aus). [Outer course, Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey. Now called the J.H. Taylor course.].
1947Men EuropeDunlop-Southport T'mentHesketh GC285£350
Played as the Dunlop-Southport £2000 Tournament. Second-placed Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Von Nida (Aus). [Hesketh GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1947Men EuropeHarrogate TournamentHarrogate GC271£500
Played as the inaugural North British-Harrogate 2000 Guineas Tournament. Second-placed Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Von Nida (Aus). [Harrogate GC, North Yorkshire - also known as Starbeck].
1947Men EuropeLotus TournamentNotts GC, Hollinwell280£350
Played as the Lotus £1,500 Tournament. Second-placed Dai Rees (Wales) finished 5 shots behind Von Nida (Aus). [Notts GC, Hollinwell, nr Mansfield, England].
1947Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr71.25x
Von Nida (Aus) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1947 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Von Nida's 71.25 was based on 52 rounds played.
1947Men EuropePenfold TournamentStoke Park270£120
Played as the Penfold Tournament. The competiton ended in a three-way tie between Dai Rees (Wales), Reg Whitcombe (Eng) and Norman Von Nida (Aus), who were all declared winners. [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
1947Men EuropeStar TournamentWentworth Club6 & 5£300
Played as The Star £1,500 Professional Tournament (36-hole strokeplay followed by match play for the top 32 players). Von Nida (Aus) beat Flory Van Donck (Belg) 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1947Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsMoortown277£150
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News 1000 Guineas Professional Tournament. Von Nida (Aus) and Henry Cotton (Eng) finished in a tie for first place. Bill Shankland (Aus) finished 6 shots further back in third place. [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1946Men Aus/NZAustralian PGAManly GC1 hole
Played as the Australian PGA Ch'ship. Von Nida (Aus) beat Eric Cremin (Aus) by 1 hole in the final. [Manly GC, Manly, nr Sydney, Aus].
1946Men EuropeNews Chronicle T'mentHollingbury Park283
Played as the News Chronicle £1,500 Tournament. Second-placed John Burton (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Von Nida (Aus), who recorded his first professional win in Britain. [Hollingbury Park GC, Brighton, East Sussex].
1939Men AsiaPhilippine OpenWack Wack G&CC292 (+4)US$2,000
Played as the Philippine Open. Second-placed Seisui Chin (Jpn) and Rokuzo Asami (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Norman Von Nida (Aus). [East course, Wack Wack G&CC, Manila, Philippines].
1938Men AsiaPhilippine OpenWack Wack G&CC
Played as the Philippine Open. Defending champion Larry Montes (Phil) finished second behind Norman Von Nida (Aus). [East course, Wack Wack G&CC, Manila, Philippines].

 

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