Jack Newton, a legendary Australian golfer, has died at the age of 73. Newton marked an era of golf and was one of the most recognizable golfers. He attracted attention with his appearance and charisma, and his successes were what is still talked about.
There are many reactions around the world after his death, and messages of condolence say enough about how great a person he was. His family released a statement: “On behalf of our family, it is with great sadness I announce that our courageous and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and mate, Jack Newton OAM has passed away overnight due to health complications,” the statement read, as quoted by smh.com His passion for sport and contributing to future generations of golfers and the Australian community demonstrates the character of our father, beloved husband, proud brother, adoring grandfather, and maverick mate.
Dad’s legacy will live on through his wife Jackie, daughter Kristie, son Clint, grandchildren Matilda, Hope, Jessie, Noah, Paige, and Indie. In true Jack Newton style, we will celebrate his incredible life; however, for now, our family asks for privacy and we appreciate everyone’s love, support, and friendship throughout his life”.
Developing young players
Newton was not just a golf player. After the accident in 1983, he dedicated himself to the development of young players from the academy. He loved children, he loved people, he was a man who had a developed work ethic, and he always demanded the maximum from others.
Simply put: a great person! PGA Australia chair Rodger Davis was sad after he heard the news: “When he had the accident, the thing I noticed was the amount of people he knew around the world that donated. Everyone loved him,” Davis said for the Herald.
“I’m not saying it’s the same as Shane Warne, but he was so well liked. Not just golfers. “He was a very good rugby player for Epping. He most likely could have played for Australia, I reckon. My brother was a pretty good rugby player as well, and he rated Newton above most of them”.
He was really great person. There will be a great emptiness after his death. “Off the course, he did more than he did on the course. “As a player, he was the best. You have coaches and guys like that do more, but what he did for diabetes and junior golf, was amazing.
He was great. “His offsider Judy did a great job, too. And the backbone was Jackie, his wife”.