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Kel Nagle


I like a man with four names, especially one whose nickname
is "The Pymble Crusher."

Aussie pro golfer Kelvin David George Nagle was born on December 21,
1920, near Pymble, North Sydney, Australia.

Unlike today's golfers who start their careers in their teens, Nagle completed almost six years
in the Australian military before and after World War II. From 1949 to 1975, he won at least one tournament every year, with Gary Player commenting that his short game was the "best out there." His long game was "crushing," hence the nickname.

In the 1965 U.S. Open, he was pitted against Player in an 18-hole playoff. Unfortunately,
Nagle hit a woman in the head on the fifth hole, and then another shot misfired, hitting another spectator. That's how Player defeated Nagle.

All say he was a lovely man, never remarrying or moving from the home that he and his wife Jean lived in prior to her death in 1960.

Kel Nagle died at age 94 on January 29, 2015, in his beloved Sydney. He is survived
by his four children and many grandchildren.


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