ALL-ROUND BIG PLAYER OF HIS TIME
NORMAN Von Nida was the Beau Brummell of the fairways. He nailed heaps of birdies, won the Queensland Amateurs at 18, and the US Open at 25 in 1939. He was born in the Big Smoke but gave it the finger to grow up in Brissie. His golfing form put him on the ‘chick hit list’ and he followed through. He had charisma to burn and a temper that flared. He was world famous when he shirt-fronted US champion Henry Ransom on the course, and if he missed a putt he chucked his putter at the gallery. He died at 93 on the Gold Coast. This dude was no cream bun. He played everything for real.