New Zealand Golf is proud to welcome Frank Nobilo and Greg Turner into the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame.
The two who combined for their famous International team win at the 1998 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, were both inducted at an emotional dinner in Wellington this week ahead 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.
Nobilo is one of world golf’s most respected television analysts and Turner is a renowned course designer who oversaw the revamp of Royal Wellington, which is the host of this week’s prestigious event.
Nobilo who competed in 27 Major championships, with his best result a fourth placing at the 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 was a cheap shot showing a video of my daughter, but 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 that included victories at the New Zealand Open in 1989 and 1997.
“To be compared alongside these names is something very special. This game has given so much to me and so many memories, so I can’t 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, 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.
Nobilo and Turner have left their mark on the game in New Zealand. As multiple winners on tours around the world through to course design and broadcasting, they remain large influencers of the game in this country. It is therefore with great honour that New Zealand Golf proudly admit Gregory James Turner and Frank Ivan Joseph Nobilo to the New Zealand Golf Hall of Fame.