August 18, 2022

 Tributes have began flowing in from {the golfing} and NRL ranks for lovable larrikin Jack Newton who has handed away from well being issues on the age of 72.

The previous Australian Open champ who got here agonisingly near successful the British Open and US Masters, misplaced his arm and eye in 1983 when he bumped into an aeroplane propeller at Sydney Airport.

Newton was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 11 June 2007 for companies to golf, significantly by means of his roles in govt, youth growth, and fundraising.

The Sport Australia Corridor of Fame inducted Newton as a common member on 13 October 2016, recognising his contributions to junior golf growth.

He held an annual competitors for golfers and celebrities to lift cash for diabetes charities that was famously attended by former Australian PM Bob Hawke and Newton continued to play the sport he liked, even with only one arm and one eye.  

The lack of Newton was felt closely within the {golfing} neighborhood, with PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman main the refrain of tributes.

Jack Newton in motion throughout spherical 1 of the Jack Newton Celeb Basic on the Cypress Lakes Golf Resort in 2012

Jack Newton [right] of Australia shake hands before the playoff to decide the winner of the British Open Golf Championship, in Carnoustie, Scotland in July 1975.

Jack Newton [right] of Australia shake arms earlier than the playoff to resolve the winner of the British Open Golf Championship, in Carnoustie, Scotland in July 1975.

‘Jack has been such an influential determine in Australian golf and his contribution and legacy will dwell on for a lot of many years to return,’ Kirkman mentioned.

‘He was as robust off the course as he was on it but underlying all the things was his deep ardour for the sport of golf and the optimistic influence it may have on individuals’s lives, significantly younger individuals.

‘Right now, our ideas and finest needs are with the Newton household and the numerous buddies he met alongside the way in which however Jack Newton’s identify will perpetually maintain an necessary place inside Australian golf.’

Aussie {golfing} legend and 2021 PGA TOUR Champion on the Boeing Basic Rod Pampling mentioned: ‘Unhappy to listen to the information of Jack Newton, quite a lot of nice reminiscences off the course at dinners. Rip’.

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Australian skilled golfer Ewan Porter mentioned he was ‘completely gutted’. ‘ 

‘Jack Newton gave so many younger Aussies alternatives – not simply in golf however in life. What an inspirational human he was and a superb legacy he’s left. A real Australian icon.’

Aussie golfer James Nitties mentioned that Newton will likely be remembered for his affect and work for charity organisations alongside together with his {golfing} legacy.

‘Jack Newton not solely an incredible golfer however what he and his household did for charity and junior golf in Australia was truely wonderful. Relaxation in peace,’ he mentioned.

Main Community TEN golf commentator Luke Elvy shared reminiscences of Newton from his youth as an aspiring golfer and in addition from his grownup years.

‘As a younger boy taking part in golf in NSW, Jack Newton’s Jr basis was nice enjoyable. As an grownup attending to know Jack & work with an Aussie legend was all the things. His uncommon golf expertise, charisma & larrikin behaviour was intoxicating. Shattered for Jackie & household,’ he Tweeted.

Newton’s son, Clint, performed for NRL membership Melbourne Storm and the footy facet have additionally paid tribute to the golfer and provided their assist to the premiership winner.  

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Geoff Trappett Chair of The Nationwide Inclusive Transport Advocacy Community (NITAN) additionally paid tribute to Newton for his work in working towards inclusion for amputees throughout Australia.

‘Relaxation in [peace] Jack. We will’t overestimate the affect he had not solely as a golfer however as an amputee with profile. Seen and never backing down,’ he mentioned.

Newton was additionally concerned in rugby league and NRL circles. His son Clint Newton performed 273 first grade video games for the Newcastle Knights, Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers and Hull Kingston Rovers within the English Tremendous League.

The Storm launched an official assertion on Friday.   

‘We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Jack Newton OAM. Our ideas and prayers are with former Storm premiership participant Clint and the entire Newton household at this troublesome time. Relaxation in peace Jack,’ the membership Tweeted. 

Veteran reporter Buzz Rothfield and NRL commentator Andrew Voss additionally paid tribute to Newton. 

‘Nice golfer, nice commentator, nice man and such a loveable larrikin and legend. Vastly influential within the early success of the Newcastle Knights,’ Rothfield mentioned.

Voss added: ‘Relaxation in Peace Jack Newton. Beloved his household, golf, footy and a beer. Admired by so many.’  

The Newton household launched an announcement thanking the neighborhood for his or her love and assist following Jack’s passing. 

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‘Dad was a fearless competitor and iconic Australian, blazing a formidable path throughout his skilled {golfing} profession between 1971 and 1983 earlier than his profession tragically ended following an accident involving an aeroplane propeller on the age of 33,’ the assertion learn.

‘He fought again from large adversity as solely he may, and selected to selflessly make investments his time, vitality and energy in direction of giving again to the neighborhood by means of his Jack Newton Junior Golf Basis, sports activities commentary, golf course design, and elevating vital funds for a number of charities, most notably, diabetes.

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

‘Dad’s legacy will dwell on by means of his spouse Jackie, daughter Kristie, son Clint, grandchildren Matilda, Hope, Jessie, Noah, Paige and Indie.

‘In true Jack Newton type, we are going to have fun his unimaginable life; nonetheless, for now, our household asks for privateness and we respect everybody’s love, assist and friendship all through his life.’

Australia's Jack Newton [left] and USA's Tom Watson are pictured with the Claret Jug trophy prior to a play-off after finishing tied in first place at the British Open Championship in 1975.

Australia’s Jack Newton [left] and USA’s Tom Watson are pictured with the Claret Jug trophy previous to a play-off after ending tied in first place on the British Open Championship in 1975.