Frank No­bilo and Greg Turner were last month in­ducted into the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame.

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Frank No­bilo and Greg Turner are the lat­est inductees into the NZ Golf Hall of Fame.

The pair who com­bined for their fa­mous In­ter­na­tional team win at the 1998 Pres­i­dents Cup in Melbourne, were both in­ducted at an emo­tional din­ner in Welling­ton late Oc­to­ber just be­fore the com­mence­ment of the Asia-Pa­cific Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship.

They join a se­lect group of Arthur Duncan, Charles How­den, Oliver Hol­lis, Stu­art Jones and New Zealand's only ma­jor tour­na­ment win­ners Sir Bob Charles and Michael Campbell in the Hall of Fame.

Frank No­bilo is now one of world golf's most re­spected tele­vi­sion an­a­lysts and Greg Turner is a renowned course de­signer, and oc­ca­sional writer for this mag­a­zine, who over­saw the re­vamp of Royal Welling­ton, which was the host of the pres­ti­gious APAC event.

No­bilo who com­peted in 27 ma­jor cham­pi­onships, with his best re­sult a fourth plac­ing at the US Masters in 1996, re­mains the only New Zealan­der to have fin­ished in the top-10 of all four ma­jors. He showed raw emo­tion af­ter what was a spe­cial night for him and his fam­ily who sent videos of sup­port.

“It's a true hon­our to be in­ducted and this means a lot to me and my fam­ily, it's been a very hum­bling and amaz­ing evening,” said No­bilo.

He played in three Pres­i­dents Cups, twice as as­sis­tant cap­tain, and rep­re­sented New Zealand in 11 Dun­hill Cups and 12 World Cups be­fore he was forced to re­tire early in 2004 with on­go­ing back pain.

Turner car­ried the New Zealand flag on the Euro­pean Tour for nearly 20 years. He won 12 pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments, four on the Euro­pean Tour and six on the Aus­tralasian Tour which in­cluded vic­to­ries at the New Zealand Open in 1989 and 1997. (Pub­lisher note. I was priv­i­leged to stand along­side Greg as he played in his fi­nal PGA event, and hit his fi­nal 18th hole drive at Coolum all those years ago!)

“To be com­pared along­side these names is some­thing very spe­cial. This game has given so much to me and so many mem­o­ries, so I can­not thank ev­ery­one enough for be­ing here and sup­port­ing me,” said Turner.

He joined No­bilo in the In­ter­na­tional team in the 1998 Pres­i­dents Cup where they com­bined to beat Davis Love and Justin Leonard in the four­somes on the way to the In­ter­na­tional team's only vic­tory over the United States.

Turner re­tired rel­a­tively young from the pro ranks, com­pared to to­day, and started a golf course de­sign com­pany. His in­flu­ence is ev­i­dent at Mill­brook, Royal Welling­ton, Hare­wood, Cromwell, Rus­s­ley and a grow­ing num­ber of other lay­outs. He was also on the Aus­tralasian PGA Board of Di­rec­tors for a long time.

No­bilo and Turner have left their mark on the game in New Zealand. As mul­ti­ple win­ners on tours around the world to off the course in de­sign and broad­cast­ing, they re­main large in­flu­encers of the game in this coun­try.

Greg Turner (born 21 Fe­bru­ary 1963) is a New Zealand pro­fes­sional golfer. Turner was born in Dunedin. He at­tended the Univer­sity of Oklahoma in the United States but spent most of his ca­reer on the PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia and the Euro­pean Tour. He won four tour­na­ments on the Euro­pean Tour and achieved a ca­reer best rank­ing of 18th on the Euro­pean Tour Or­der of Merit in 1997. He has rep­re­sented New Zealand in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions many times and was one of Peter Thomson's two wild card se­lec­tions (along with Frank No­bilo) for the win­ning In­ter­na­tional Team in the 1998 Pres­i­dents Cup. Turner also rep­re­sented New Zealand at the Eisen­hower Tro­phy in 1982 and 1984

Since re­tir­ing from tour­na­ment golf, Turner has set up a golf course de­sign and cor­po­rate hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness. He is also ac­tive in the pro­mo­tion of a se­ries of tour­na­ments in New Zealand for both am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional golfers. His in­flu­ence is ev­i­dent at Mill­brook, Royal Welling­ton, Hare­wood, Cromwell, Rus­s­ley and a grow­ing num­ber of other course lay­outs. He was also on the Aus­tralasian PGA Board of Di­rec­tors for a long time.

Turner's broth­ers are for­mer na­tional cricket cap­tain Glenn Turner and award-win­ning poet Brian Turner. His sis­ter-in-law Sukhi Turner is a for­mer mayor of Dunedin.

PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia wins (6) • 1984 New Zealand

PGA Cham­pi­onship • 1989 New Zealand Open • 1990 John­nie Walker

Aus­tralian Clas­sic • 1991 Daikyo Palm Mead­ows Cup • 1997 New Zealand Open • 1999 Aus­tralian

PGA Cham­pi­onship • Other wins (2) • 1985 Fiji Open • 1986 Sin­ga­pore Open Frank Ivan Joseph No­bilo, CNZM (born on 14 May 1960) is a pro­fes­sional golfer. No­bilo had a suc­cess­ful play­ing ca­reer, win­ning 15 pro tour­na­ments around the world. He was at his peak dur­ing the mid-1990s when he also pro­duced strong fin­ishes in all four ma­jor cham­pi­onships.

Since his 2003 re­tire­ment, No­bilo has worked as a tele­vi­sion an­nouncer for golf events.

No­bilo was born in Auck­land, of Croa­t­ian and Ital­ian de­scent, and is the great grand­son of an Ital­ian pi­rate.[1] At birth, his right leg was shorter than his left, which has caused him some back prob­lems through­out his life. He was ed­u­cated at St Peter's Col­lege in Auck­land where he was per­suaded to play golf.

No­bilo and his wife, Se­lena, mar­ried in 1998 and awarded the Com­pan­ion of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit (CNZM). He has a daugh­ter, Bianca No­bilo, from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage. No­bilo works as an am­bas­sador for The House of No­bilo, one of New Zealand's lead­ing winer­ies and founded by one of his rel­a­tives Nikola No­bilo.

In 1978, No­bilo won the New Zealand Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship at 18, the sec­ond-youngest win­ner of this ti­tle. He turned pro­fes­sional in Novem­ber 1979. His first pro­fes­sional win came in 1982 at the New South Wales PGA Cham­pi­onship on the PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia.

No­bilo joined the Euro­pean Tour in 1985 as a full-time player, hav­ing played in se­lected events in 1982 and 1983. He recorded his first win on the Tour in the 1988 PLM Open (not to be con­fused with the KLM Open). No­bilo sub­se­quently won four other Euro­pean Tour events and fin­ished in­side the top 50 on the Or­der of Merit ev­ery sea­son from 1988 to 1996, with a best of 14th place in 1993.

Af­ter strong per­for­mances in all the ma­jors, in­clud­ing a 4th-place fin­ish in the Masters Tour­na­ment and a tie for 8th in the PGA Cham­pi­onship, No­bilo left Europe at the end of 1996 and joined the United States-based PGA Tour for the fol­low­ing sea­son. He won the Greater Greens­boro Chrysler Clas­sic dur­ing his rookie sea­son, which proved to be his only win on that tour. He has fea­tured in the top 50 of the Of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ings.

No­bilo played for the In­ter­na­tional Team in each of the first three Pres­i­dents Cups (1994, 1996, 1998). He con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the in­ter­na­tional ap­peal of the event, when in 1998, and paired with Greg Turner, he holed a 70-foot putt on the fi­nal green to de­feat the Amer­i­can pair­ing.

Upon re­tir­ing from tour­na­ment golf in 2003, No­bilo joined the Golf Chan­nel for stu­dio cov­er­age. He has been a key mem­ber of the Live From team at the ma­jor cham­pi­onships. From 2012-2014, he oc­ca­sion­ally filled in for Peter Ja­cob­sen on NBC's golf.

In 2015, No­bilo joined CBS's golf cov­er­age, re­plac­ing Peter Ooster­huis. Like Ooster­huis did, he worked only the ca­ble cov­er­age of about half of CBS's events, while work­ing on the net­work cov­er­age of the other half, in­clud­ing the Masters and PGA Cham­pi­onship. He re­mained on Live From on Golf Chan­nel. No­bilo made his CBS de­but at the 2015 Phoenix Open.

Frank No­bilo and Greg Turner dur­ing the World Cup of Golf at the Buenos Aires Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina, 8 De­cem­ber 2000. Credit: Jonathan Fer­rey ALLSPORT.

Greg Turner (L) and Frank No­bilo en­ter the Golf Hall of Fame.

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