Norman Von Nida

Norman Guy Von Nida OAM (14 February 1914 – 20 May 2007) was an Australian professional golfer.

Norman Von Nida
Personal information
Full nameNorman Guy Von Nida
Born(1914-02-14)14 February 1914
Strathfield, Australia
Died20 May 2007(2007-05-20) (aged 93)
Gold Coast, Australia
Nationality Australia
Turned professional1933
Former tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins48
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour of Australasia32
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT27: 1950, 1952
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenT59: 1939
The Open ChampionshipT3: 1948
Achievements and awards
Harry Vardon Trophy1947

Von Nida was born in Strathfield and grew up in Brisbane. He turned professional in 1933, after attracting attention by winning the 1932 Queensland Amateur aged just 18.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Von Nida was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 1985 Australia Day Honours for "service to the sport of golf".[4]

The PGA Tour of Australasia's developmental tour is named the Von Nida Tour after him.

Von Nida died in a Gold Coast, Queensland nursing home, aged 93.[5]

Amateur winsEdit

  • 1932 Queensland Amateur[6]

Professional wins (48)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
Masters Tournament NT NT NT
U.S. Open T59 NT NT NT NT
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT T4 T6 T3
Tournament 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Masters Tournament T27 T27 43
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship T20 WD T9 T35 CUT
Tournament 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
Masters Tournament CUT CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT

Note: Von Nida never played in the PGA Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = no tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearancesEdit

  • Canada Cup (representing Australia): 1956
  • Lakes International Cup (representing Australia): 1952, 1954 (winners)
  • Slazenger Trophy (representing British Commonwealth and Empire): 1956
  • Vicars Shield (representing New South Wales): 1937 (winners), 1938 (winners), 1939, 1949 (winners), 1950 (winners), 1951, 1952, 1954 (winners), 1955 (winners)


  1. ^ "Von Nida wins". The Brisbane Courier (23, 189). Queensland, Australia. 26 May 1932. p. 7. Retrieved 18 November 2020 – via National Library of Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Golfing great dies at 93". Herald Sun. 21 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Australian golf great Norman Von Nida dies at age 93". The Hindu. 21 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Von Nida, Norman Guy". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Legendary Von Nida passes away at 93".
  6. ^ "Queensland Amateur Championship". The Sydney Morning Herald (29451). New South Wales, Australia. 26 May 1932. p. 14. Retrieved 12 March 2021 – via National Library of Australia.

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