Norman Von Nida
|Norman Von Nida|
|Full name||Norman Guy Von Nida|
|Born||14 February 1914|
|Died||20 May 2007 (aged 93)|
Gold Coast, Australia
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour of Australasia|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||30|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T27: 1950, 1952|
|U.S. Open||T59: 1939|
|The Open Championship||T3: 1948|
|Achievements and awards|
|Harry Vardon Trophy||1947|
Von Nida was born in Strathfield and grew up in Brisbane. He turned professional in 1933, after attracting attention by winning the Queensland Amateur aged just 18. He became one of Australia's finest professional golfers, and the first Australian to win regularly on the British tour, although World War II certainly deprived him of competition during what might have been his peak years. In 1946 he travelled to Britain for the first time and finished second on the Order of Merit; in 1947, he returned and won seven tournaments and topped the Order of Merit. He was renowned for his short temper — at a tournament in 1948 he became involved in an argument with future U.S. Ryder Cup player Henry Ransom that resulted in the local sheriff having to pull them apart, and he was also known to hurl his putter into the undergrowth after missing putts, on occasions breaking or even losing them mid-round.
The PGA Tour of Australasia's developmental tour is named the Von Nida Tour after him.
Tournament wins (46)
- 1935 Queensland Open
- 1936 Queensland Open, New South Wales PGA
- 1937 Queensland Open
- 1938 Philippine Open
- 1939 Philippine Open, New South Wales Open
- 1940 Queensland Open
- 1946 Australian PGA Championship, New South Wales Open, New South Wales PGA, News Chronicle Tournament
- 1947 New South Wales Open, Dunlop-Southport Tournament, The Star Tournament, North British-Harrogate Tournament, Lotus Tournament, Penfold Tournament (tie with Dai Rees and Reg Whitcombe), Yorkshire Evening News Tournament (tie with Henry Cotton), Brand-Lochryn Tournament
- 1948 Daily Mail Tournament, Spalding Tournament, Manchester Evening Chronicle Tournament, Lotus Tournament, Dunlop Masters, Australian PGA Championship, New South Wales Open, New South Wales PGA
- 1949 Queensland Open, McWilliam's Wines Tournament, Adelaide Advertiser Tournament
- 1950 Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship
- 1951 Australian PGA Championship, New South Wales PGA, McWilliam's Wines Tournament, Yorkshire Evening News Tournament (tie with Dai Rees)
- 1952 Australian Open, McWilliam's Wines Tournament, Ampol Tournament (Oct)
- 1953 Australian Open, Queensland Open, New South Wales Open
- 1954 New South Wales Open
- 1961 Queensland Open
- 1965 North Coast Open
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||T4||T6||T3|
|The Open Championship||T20||WD||T9||T35||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT|
Note: Von Nida never played in the PGA Championship.
NT = no tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- Canada Cup (representing Australia): 1956
- Slazenger Trophy (representing British Commonwealth and Empire): 1956
- "Golfing great dies at 93". Herald Sun. 21 May 2007.
- "Australian golf great Norman Von Nida dies at age 93". The Hindu. 21 May 2007.
- "Von Nida, Norman Guy". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- "Legendary Von Nida passes away at 93". iseekgolf.com.