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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 148
THERE’S A BEAR IN THERE THE opening of the Jack Nicklaus Room inside the USGA Museum in New Jersey makes it the fifth room dedicated to one of the greats of golf. The 1200-square-foot exhibit contains 82 artefacts, many on loan from the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Ohio, and joins galleries in the museum honouring Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Mickey Wright. “The USGA has had a great influence on my career and helped shape my love of the game and for competition since I first picked up a club at age ten,” Nicklaus said. “My association with them – from the championships I played to the USGA leaders who have impacted my life – is one I have always valued. For them to recognise my career and life with this addition to the USGA Museum is humbling and meaningful to me and my family. I hope this room provides guests SOUTH PACIFIC CARRIES ON The beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean will form the backdrop for this year’s $150,000 South Pacific Open Championship at New Caledonia’s Tina Golf Course from September 30 to October 3. The PGA Tour of Australasia is aiming to expand the field for the event from 90 to 100 Professionals, who will play alongside 20 amateurs, including two elite amateurs nominated by Golf Australia, two nominated by New Zealand Golf and one nominated by Golf Queensland. Last year’s tournament boasted one of the best fields in recent history and provided golf fans in New Caledonia with the opportunity to see some of the best golfers from the pacific regions in action, including 2011 champion Matthew Griffin and 2014 Fiji International winner, Steve Jeffress. The winner of the South Pacific Open Championship will receive official World Golf Ranking points and a two-year exemption into PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments. ________________________________ the opportunity to share some of the cherished memories I have, but more important, I hope parts of it can help educate a new generation of golfers and golf fans about our collective work to grow this great game.” Among the items inside the room are the MacGregor Tommy Armour 3-wood Nicklaus used from 1958 to 1995 and won all 18 of his professional majors and both US Amateurs wielding; the “White Fang” Acushnet Bull’s Eye putter Nicklaus switched to before the 1967 US Open; the MacGregor VIP 1-iron Nicklaus used to close out that US Open and the 1972 championship at Pebble Beach; caddie overalls worn by Jack Nicklaus II at the 1986 Masters; a wedding invitation and napkin from Jack and Barbara Nicklaus’ wedding in July 1960; a bronze sculpture titled “Jack is Back” by Zenos Frudakis; and a painting titled “A Study of Jack Nicklaus 1” by Harold Riley. PGA QUARTET GET LIFE THE PGA of Australia bestowed life membership upon four of its most decorated members at the body’s Annual General Meeting at Royal Melbourne Golf Club last week. David Graham, Randall Vines, Mark Duder and William Husband were all elevated to Life Members after being voted in by their peers. Present for the occasion, Duder and Husband were both humbled by the honour, particularly knowing their fellow PGA professionals had supported their nominations, which were put forward by the PGA board. Graham and Vines were unfortunate apologies, but their contributions to the PGA were sizeable. Vines played on the Australasian, European and Asian tours, securing numerous wins worldwide, including back-to-back Australian PGA Championships in 1972 and 1973. Graham began as a trainee under George Naismith at Riversdale Golf Club before a stellar tournament career that saw him become a two-time major winner, collecting the US PGA Championship in 1979 and the US Open two years later. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the ETERNAL MEMBER: David Graham was one of four Australian greats to receive a PGA Life Membership.
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