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Peter Howard inducted into SA Golf Hall of Fame

Peter Howard

A young Peter (far left) in 1963 with Ron Howell (USA) and Kel Nagle

(Sat 26 Oct 2013)
Induction speech by Mr John Crosby (SA Golf Hall of Fame Member)

*It must be acknowledged that John memorised the whole speech and added significant details all throughout.

John Crosby
Ladies and Gentlemen it gives me great pleasure to announce the next inductee to the SA Golf Industry Hall of Fame:

PETER HOWARD

A young Peter was introduced to the game of golf at age 9 by his parents Jack and Doss who were members of a golfing family, who joined The Grange Golf Club in 1937.

Peter’s mother Doss was an 8 times Grange champion and father Jack a pennant player.

Grandfather George was a Club Captain and a Life Member of The Grange.
Living at Cheltenham as a 12/13 year old, young Peter would play golf in the street every night after school and used to have holes cut into the front lawn so he could practice his chipping and putting.

Peter joined the club in 1953 and immediately began to show promise as a player despite his small stature. Accuracy and short game were his forte and he quickly became a low handicap golfer.

In 1956 Peter was SA Schoolboys Champion.

Over a 6 year period from 1957 to 1962 Peter was the best junior player at The Grange Golf Club winning the Club Junior Championship on 5 occasions.
In 1959 Peter won his first state title, the South Australian Junior Championship and was victorious again in 1961.

Peter represented South Australia in the Junior Interstate Series on 4 occasions winning 9 matches from 14.

He was quickly establishing himself as one of Adelaide’s best Amateurs.
Peter played his first Simpson Cup match in 1958 and over the next 30 years would become one of the states finest ever Pennant Players.

Peter played 22 seasons of Simpson Cup at The Grange from 1958 to 1981 and then played a season for Marino in 1984 and one match in 1987 which would be his last.

All in all Peter played 24 seasons of Simpson Cup winning 94 of his 148 matches - at 64%.

Peter won a remarkable 8 Simpson Cup titles and it’s no surprise that over those 8 seasons, he won 43 of his 55 matches at 80%. He was a brilliant match play golfer.

In a career highlight in 1967 Peter qualified for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake. With rounds of 77 and 74 Peter missed the cut by only 2 strokes finishing tied 65th from 130 starters. He finished second of 8 Amateurs in the Open won by Roberto De Vicenzo, Nicklaus was runner up.

Other Career highlights include –

  •  Grange Strokeplay Champion 7 times
  • Grange Club Champion on 5 occasions
  • Vardon Trophy winner in 1963
  • Runner Up in the SA Amateur in 1965 and Semi-Finalist 4 times
  • Representing Australia in 1971 in a team to Papua New Guinea
  • Australian Amateur Quarter finalist in 1972
  • 2 Club Champion of Champion titles
  • Winner of 2 SA Foursomes titles
  • SA Senior Champion in 1997
  • And in the year 2000 Peter was awarded the Australian Sports Medal

Peter represented South Australia in 15 Interstate Series from 1964 to 1981. He played 75 matches winning 45 at 60%.

Peter was a fine leader and this was recognized by his captaincy of the South Australian team on 6 occasions including in 1975 when he lead the team of Bartsch, Bonython, Cherry, Christie, Muller, Whitford and Wiles to the national title at Kooyonga over NSW.

In 1981 in Peter’s last series, he was undefeated. Retiring from competitive golf that same year Peter was appointed Secretary Manager of Marino Golf Club (now The Vines of Reynella) a position he held for 10 years.

With renowned leadership qualities as a state skipper and selector, in 1990 Peter was appointed Executive Director of the SA Golf Association, replacing Malcolm Hall. Peter had big shoes to fill as Hall had held the position for 24 years.

Peter went on to become a fine Golf Administrator holding the position for 16 years until retirement on 30 June 2006.

Since retirement Peter has volunteered his time acting as an Official (mainly as a scorer and starter) at many Golf SA Events, including the SA Junior Masters, Amateur Classic, Amateur Championship as well as at Country Events – including Men’s Sand Greens and Men’s Country Week.

Peter is currently selector and Manager of the Men’s Country State Team and will lead the team against Victoria next weekend.

For his major contribution to the South Australian golf industry as fine player, Administrator for over 25 years and as a volunteer,

Ladies and Gentlemen for his outstanding contribution to the South Australian golf industry as a fine player, Administrator for over 25 years and as a volunteer.

I induct into the 2013 South Australian Golf Industry Hall of Fame:

Peter Howard