Australian golf legend Jack Newton dies, age 72

Apr 15, 2022
The sporting world is mourning the loss of golfing great Jack Newton. Source: Getty Images.

Australia has farewelled another one of its great sporting icons after golfing legend Jack Newton OAM passed away at the age of 72 on Thursday, April 14 due to “health complications”.

Newton’s family released a touching statement to announce the passing of a “maverick”.

“On behalf of our family, it is with great sadness I announce that our courageous and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and mate, Jack Newton OAM has passed away overnight due to health complications,” the statement read.

“His passion for sport and contributing to future generations of golfers and the Australian community demonstrates the character of our father, beloved husband, proud brother, adoring grandfather, and maverick mate.

“In true Jack Newton style, we will celebrate his incredible life; however, for now, our family asks for privacy, and we appreciate everyone’s love, support, and friendship throughout his life.”

Newton was one of Australia’s most successful golfers in the 1970s and early 1980s. He won his first professional tournament at the Dutch Open in 1972.

Newton enjoyed several more victories over the next decade after winning the British Matchplay in 1974, the Buick-Goodwrench Open in 1978, and the Australian Open Championship in 1979.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on June 11, 2007 for services to golf and in 2016 was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame.

Newton is survived by his wife Jackie, daughter Kristie, son Clint and his six grandchildren.

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