Donald Swaelens

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Donald Swaelens (1935/36 – 25 April 1975) was a Belgian professional golfer.

Golf career[edit]

Like his father Jules, Swaelens taught golf at Royal Latem Golf Club and in 1972, 1973 and 1974 played in thirty tournaments on the recently formed European Tour. He also played in The Open Championship several times. His best result was in 1974 at Royal Lytham & St Annes where he finished tied for seventh.

In 1973, he finished tied for second, with Dale Hayes, in the Viyella PGA Championship held at Wentworth, three shots behind Peter Oosterhuis. In 1974 he finished third in the Dutch Open at Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club.

Swaelens died in 1975 at the age of 39 from cancer.[1] Until Nicolas Colsaerts played in 2013, he was the only Belgian golfer to be invited to the Masters Tournament,[2] although the cancer prevented him from taking part.[3]

Memorial Tournament[edit]

The Donald Swaelens Memorial (later called the Donald Swaelens Challenge) is played each year celebrating his memory.[4] The tournament was originally an 8-man professional tournament sponsored by Laurent-Perrier but is now an amateur tournament.

Winners of the trophy include:

Professional wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1958 1959
The Open Championship T11
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Open Championship CUT 23 44 CUT CUT T30
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
The Open Championship CUT T49 CUT CUT T7

Note: Swaelens only played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1968 and 1970)
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances[edit]


  1. ^ A century of golf in Sint-Martens-Latem
  2. ^ Feron, Hugues (1 April 2009). "Le Royal Latem a cent ans d'histoires". La Libre Belgique (in French).
  3. ^ a b Borremans, Vincent (11 May 1998). "On s'est remémoré l'ancien champion Nicolas Colsaerts a remporté le "Donald Swaelens"". Le Soir (in French).
  4. ^ Borremans, Vincent (9 May 1997). "Les amateurs belges disputent ce week-end le challenge Donald Swaelens, l'hommage à un champion modeste". Le Soir (in French).
  5. ^ "Donald Swaelens". The Times. 29 April 1975. p. 18.

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