Golf NSW honour Nagle with NSW Open trophy
It was the ultimate accolade for golf’s ultimate champion.
So it was only fitting that the late Kel Nagle should receive such an amazing tribute from Golf NSW when they decided to name their State Open trophy the Kel Nagle Cup.
“We are honoured to rename the NSW Open Trophy the Kel Nagle Cup,” said chairman of Golf NSW Chris Allen.
“The presentation of the Kel Nagle Cup to the 2015 NSW Open Champion will be a celebration of his legacy.”
“Now we will be remembering Kel…and that’s something pretty special.”
Just as fitting was the fact the announcement of the change was made in the Kel Nagle Room at Pymble Golf Club in Sydney’s northern suburbs, which was also the home club of the 1960 British Open champion.
Indeed five-time Open champion Peter Thomson, a close friend of Nagle, joined the party via video link and was quick to acknowledge Nagle as one of the sport’s finest ambassadors.
“My old mate would’ve enjoyed this…I can see him chuckling away,” said Thomson. “It couldn’t happen to a nicer man really.”
“I can only say that this is a great moment in golf that his name should be perpetuated and given to this tournament.”
“In the years that I knew him and played against him, I tried like hell to beat him…I respected him.”
Former Australian Open champion Frank Phillips agreed.
“Kel was one of the finest men I’ve ever met. We were always good friends. We never shared a bad word, ever,” said Phillips.
“He was a very tough competitor on the golf course, and I miss him greatly.”
Nagle’s son Bruce was there to enjoy the announcement.
“It’s a great honour for Dad. With Peter (Thomson) he was part of one of the great periods of Australian Golf history.”
“I wish he was here to accept this honour today.”
“But then he would’ve probably said, ‘No you don’t want to do that’.”