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Norman Von Nida
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Master golfer and teacher of future golf champions, born in Sydney but brought up in sunny Brisbane.

Von Nida is to golf as Bradman is to cricket.

'The Von', now in his late 80s won the Australian Open 3 times and was runner-up 6 times between 1938 and 1955.

In 1948 he won 7 tournaments on the European circuit and 5 in Australia, a feat never equalled.

The British Open was in his sight on several occasions with him leading 3 times into the final round.

He guided the careers of other Dinkum Aussie golfers such as 5 times British Open winner Peter Thomson, Bruce Crampton, David Graham and Jack Newton.

In 1956 he took Gary Player under his roof for six months and Player turned out to be the best bunker player in the world, thanks to 'The Von'.

He had an eye for a racehorse and was instrumental in the purchase of the German mare Ada Hunter, the dam of champion Kingston Town, for his friend David Hains.

In 1998 the Australian Golf Writers honoured his service to golf by making him the inaugural Golf Personality of the Year.

Today, Norman's eyesight is fading fast and whilst still able to see is classified legally blind.


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