Ivo Whitton

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Ivo Whitton
— Golfer —
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Whitton at the Australian Golf Club in Rosebery, NSW (ca. 1935–36)
Personal information
Full name Ivo Harrington Whitton
Born (1893-12-09)9 December 1893
Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Died 2 July 1967(1967-07-02) (aged 73)
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Nationality  Australia
Career
Status Amateur
Achievements and awards
Helms Award 1920

Ivo Harrington Whitton (9 December 1893 – 2 July 1967) was an Australian amateur golfer, who, along with Greg Norman, is the only Australian to have won the Australian Open five times (1912, 1913, 1926, 1929 and 1931).

Whitton was born in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, his father Percy Whitton was a senior public servant.[1]

The younger Whitton took up golfing at the age of 14, joining his father in the Caulfield Golf Club (later the Metropolitan Golf Club) the next year, and winning the club championships three times. In 1911, he began working at a wool broking firm which allowed him time off to play golf during the off-season. In 1912, he competed at The Amateur Championship in the United Kingdom, returning to England during World War I to serve with the Royal Garrison Artillery after being rejected by the Australian Imperial Force.[2]

In 1912, Whitton won his first Australian Open championship, and went on to win four more in 1913, 1926, 1929 and 1931.[2] He also won the Australian Amateur twice, the Victorian Amateur five times, the New South Wales Amateur and the Queensland Amateur and Open.[3]

In 1920, Whitton won the Helms Award as the most outstanding Australasian athlete. He returned to the wool industry as a wool appraiser for the Australian government, but ended up as a general manager for the Spalding sporting goods company.[2]

The Victorian Golf Association established the Ivo Whitton Trophy in 1960 for the lowest average stroke score in designated tournaments held each year. Whitton himself presented the award to the inaugural winner, Kevin Hartley, who went on to win it a further eleven times.[4] In addition, the Royal Melbourne Golf Club instituted the Ivo Whitton Cup in Whitton's memory. One of the streets in Kambah, a suburb of Canberra, is named Ivo Whitton Circuit.

After his death, Whitton was buried in the Cheltenham Memorial Park, Melbourne.

A group of local Melbourne golfers regularly play-off in a 9-hole stroke play event for the Ivo Whitton Perpetual Trophy at Burnley Golf Course to honour his memory.

Tournament wins[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chief of the Customs: Death of Mr. Percy Whitton. Passes in his sleep". The Daily News (Perth, Western Australia). 15 March 1923. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b c A. G. L. Shaw, Whitton, Ivo Harrington (1893 - 1967), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 480.
  3. ^ Victoria's Golf Legends
  4. ^ Ivo Whitton Trophy, Victorian Golf Association.