Guy Wolstenholme

Guy Bertram Wolstenholme (8 March 1931 – 9 October 1984) was an English professional golfer. He had a successful career both as an amateur and then as a professional.[1]

Guy Wolstenholme
Personal information
Full nameGuy Bertram Wolstenholme
Born(1931-03-08)8 March 1931
Leicester, England
Died9 October 1984(1984-10-09) (aged 53)
Nottingham, England
Nationality England
Career
Turned professional1960
Former tour(s)European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins19
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open Championship6th: 1960
U.S. AmateurT33: 1957
British AmateurT3: 1959

Wolstenholme was born in Leicester, and is the father of Gary Wolstenholme.

As an amateur, Wolstenholme won both the English stroke play and match play championships, the latter on two occasions. He also won several other prestigious titles, including the Berkshire Trophy three times, and the German Amateur Championship in 1956. Wolstenholme remains one the few amateur golfers to have won both The Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies in the same calendar year, the others being Philip Scrutton (1952), Michael Bonallack (1968, 1971), Peter Hedges (1976), Sandy Lyle (1977) and Jeremy Robinson (1987). He played on the Great Britain and Ireland team in the 1957 and 1959 Walker Cup matches and the 1958 and 1960 Eisenhower Trophy, finishing third both years. The highlight of his amateur career came in 1960, when finishing 6th, and low amateur, in The Open Championship at St Andrews.[1]

Wolstenholme turned professional in 1960, and played for several years on the European Circuit, and later the European Tour following its formation in the early 1970s. Despite joining the pro ranks relatively late, he had considerable success, winning 5 tournaments including the British PGA Close Championship and three national opens. He also broke the record for the greatest winning margin on the circuit, when he won the 1963 Jeyes Tournament at Royal Dublin by 12 strokes.[1] He emigrated to Australia in the 1960s and enjoyed more successes, winning several tournaments including the Victorian Open on four occasions.

Wolstenholme played on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) in the United States in 1982 and 1983. He recorded two runner-up finishes, in the 1982 Greater Syracuse Senior's Pro Golf Classic and the 1983 Daytona Beach Seniors Golf Classic, and ended the season 8th on the money list in 1983.

Wolstenholme died in 1984 after losing his fight against cancer.

Amateur winsEdit

Professional wins (19)Edit

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 8 Feb 1976 Victorian Open −7 (72-72-69-68=281) Playoff   Graham Marsh
2 19 Feb 1978 Victorian Open (2) −4 (77-71-67-69=284) Playoff   Arnold Palmer
3 17 Feb 1980 Victorian Open (3) −6 (72-74-68-68=282) 4 strokes   Graham Marsh

PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1976 Victorian Open   Graham Marsh Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 1978 Victorian Open   Arnold Palmer Won with par on third extra hole

Other Australia and New Zealand wins (7)Edit

Asia Golf Circuit wins (1)Edit

Other wins (5)Edit

Senior wins (1)Edit

  • 1981 Australian Seniors Championship

Results in major championshipsEdit

Amateur

Tournament 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
The Open Championship CUT T16 6 LA
U.S. Amateur R64
The Amateur Championship R16 R64 R16 R64 R64 R16 SF R32

Professional

Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Open Championship T32 T24 CUT CUT T17 T37 T13 CUT T11
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship T22 T33 T39 T17 CUT T39 T57

Note: Wolstenholme played only in The Open Championship, U.S. Amateur and The Amateur Championship

  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low Amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1968 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play

Source for U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

Source for British Amateur: The Glasgow Herald, 29 May 1953, pg. 4., The Glasgow Herald, 27 May 1954, pg. 4., The Glasgow Herald, 3 June 1955, pg. 4., The Glasgow Herald, 30 May 1956, pg. 4., The Glasgow Herald, 29 May 1957, pg. 4., The Glasgow Herald, 6 June 1958, pg. 4., The Glasgow Herald, 30 May 1959, pg. 9., The Glasgow Herald, 26 May 1960, pg. 13.

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. pp. 312–3. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.

External linksEdit