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Jack Newton Biography – Jack Newton Wiki
Jack Newton was an Australian professional golfer. He turned professional in 1971 and won his first professional tournament – the Dutch Open – in 1972. He won the Australian Open Championship in 1979. His Australian Open victory was one of three triumphs on the Australian tour – he also won once on the PGA Tour and was a three-time winner on the European Tour. His stellar career went on to include runner-up finishes at the British Open in 1975 and the US Masters in 1980. Newton won 13 tournaments during his professional career.
His golfing career ended prematurely in July 1983 when, aged 33, he lost his right arm and eye after walking into a plane’s spinning propeller during a rainstorm. Newton’s right arm was severed, he lost sight in his right eye and sustained severe injuries to his abdomen. Doctors gave him only a 50-50 chance of surviving, and he spent several days in a coma and nearly two months in intensive care and required lengthy rehabilitation from his injuries.
Despite his near-death experience, Newton returned to public life as a popular television commentator, radio and newspaper pundit, golf course designer and chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for golf’s up-and-coming players in Australia.
Newton also re-taught himself to play golf one-handed, swinging the club with his left hand from a right-handed stance, to get himself back to a handicap of about 12 or 14.
Newton was awarded an Order of Australia for his services to golf in 2007.
Jack Newton Age
Newton was born on 30 January 1950 in Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia. He died on 15 April 2022. He was 72.
Jack Newton Wife
Newton was married to his wife Jackie Newton. They were married in 1974.
Jack Newton Children
Jack Newton Family
Newton is survived by his wife Jackie, daughter Kristie, son Clint and six grandchildren Matilda, Hope, Jessie, Noah, Paige, and Indie.
Jack Newton Death
Australian golfer Jack Newton died on 15 April 2022, at the age of 72, due to “health complications”, his family confirmed in 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,” his family said.
“[He] was a fearless competitor and iconic Australian, blazing a formidable trail during his professional golfing career between 1971 and 1983 before his career tragically ended following an accident involving an aeroplane propeller at the age of 33.
“He fought back from tremendous adversity as only he could, and chose to selflessly invest his time, energy, and effort towards giving back to the community through his Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation, sports commentary, golf course design, and raising significant funds for several charities, most notably, diabetes.
“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.
“[His] 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.”
Tributes flooded social media for the Australian golf legend. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame wrote on Twitter: “The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is mourning the passing of esteemed Member, Jack Newton OAM who has passed away aged 72. Our thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends, the golfing community and all who knew him.”
Jack Newton Cause of Death
A cause of death was not revealed. According to Newton’s family, the golfer died due to “health complications” of an unspecified illness. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, according to ABC.
Jack Newton Illness
Newton was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which his father also suffered from before dying in his 60s.
Jack Newton Arm Loss
On July 24, 1983, the Australian golfer was severely injured when he accidentally walked into the spinning propeller of a small airplane. He lost his right arm in the accident.
Jack Newton Net Worth
Newton had an estimated net worth of $5 Million.