Jack Newton rewarded for services to Junior Golf
In the same week as another one of Australia’s golfing heroes, Jarrod Lyle, was honoured with his own tournament, Jack Newton’s work with junior golf has been duly recognised by Golf NSW.
Newton, who won the 1978 Buick-Goodwrench Open on the PGA Tour and three times each on the Australasian and European Tours, will have his name etched in history again with the renaming of the NSW Junior Boy’s Championship trophy to the Jack Newton Cup.
Jack Newton (Credit: Anthony Powter)
It’s an honour befitting a man, who has selflessly contributed his time and money across the past 40-plus years to foster the next generation of Australian golfers via the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation.
“Jack’s influence on the development of many of our game’s finest athletes cannot be understated. He leaves a legacy which will likely never be matched in NSW and Australian golf,” said Michael Medway, Chairman of Golf NSW.
Of course behind every great man is a great woman and Newton’s wife of almost 50-years has also played a big part in the success of JNJG.
“Mum and Dad dedicated much of their lives to fostering the game’s brightest talent through the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation. We are humbled knowing Dad’s name and legacy to the sport is being honoured on the NSW Junior Championship trophy,” Jack’s son, Clint Newton, said on behalf of the Newton family.
The 71-year-old was one of Australia’s most successful golfers throughout the 1970s and early 1980s before a near-fatal accident in July 1983 saw Newton lose his right arm and eye along with severe internal injuries.