Vale Tom Ram­sey

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IN­FLU­EN­TIAL golf writer Tom Ram­sey, who died last month aged 75 fol­low­ing a long battle with cancer, was a pow­er­ful fig­ure in Aus­tralian golf – es­pe­cially dur­ing the late 1970s and 1980s.

Renowned for knowl­edge of the game, Ram­sey cov­ered 140 ma­jors and was ex­tremely well-known in t he UK and Amer­ica where he crossed paths with su­per­stars in­clud­ing Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Joe DiMag­gio, Jack Nick­laus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Ho­gan.

Born in North­ern Ire­land, Ram­sey was News Lim­ited’s chief golf writer for more than 40 years.

Bernie Pram­berg, who fol­lowed Ram­sey as News Lim­ited group golf writer in 1998, said he was widely read and had a vast knowl­edge of the game.

“He knew the game, had con­nec­tions and was not back­ward in tak­ing on in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions he thought de­served chal­leng­ing,” Pram­berg said. “He was feisty and could di­vide opin­ion. “But he was also very gen­er­ous and he cer­tainly helped me when I started out cov­er­ing golf.

“ Tom was among the last of an old­school of news­pa­per men whose travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion and life­style was vastly dif­fer­ent to what most of us are ac­cus­tomed to. “For Tom, it was first-class all the way. “Un­like most of the blokes who write about golf, Tom was a very fine player who liked noth­ing more than wa­ger on the course.”

Ram­sey played off a one hand­i­cap and word has it he never lost when there was money on the line.

He won the Aus­tralian Golf Writers’ As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship 12 times and is the only per­son to win the Aus­tralian, US and Bri­tish golf writers’ ti­tles.

My first con­tact with Ram­sey was in the 1980s at a Skins tour­na­ment at Mi­rage, Port Dou­glas where he in­tro­duced me to some of the play­ers in­clud­ing Wayne Grady and Greg Nor­man.

Our as­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­ued in the 1990s when he wrote for a golf pub­li­ca­tion I was edit­ing at the time.

For­mer col­league, Mick Court, knew him for 30 years and called him a friend.

“ Tom was a great friend,” he said. “ I re­mem­ber play­ing golf with him on his 50th birth­day at The Aus­tralian.

“ He was, quite sim­ply, the doyen of Aus­tralian golf writers.

“He in­tro­duced me to the leg­endary Gene Sarazen on my first trip to Au­gusta in 1997.

“ I watched him play golf with Sean Con­nery … and write about it.

“ There’ll never be an­other golf writer like him.

“Golf pro­fes­sion­als and clubs all around this coun­try would fear Tom’s an­nual awards for fear of earn­ing ‘the wrath of Rambo’ when he handed out his gongs.”

Ram­sey is sur­vived by his wife Carmel and son Andrew.

RIP mate, you played well.

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