Norman von Nida, born on Feb, 14, 1914 in Strathfield, New South Wales was an Australian golfer who played extensively in the British PGA. von Nida’s career took off in the 1940s and lasted well into the 60s. He is credited with winning at least 80 victories during his professional career. The Norman Von Nida Tour, the developmental tour of the Australian PGA, is named after him.
Von Nida started playing golf at the young age of 9 while working as a caddie at the Royal Queensland Club in 1923. He soon began to play in caddie tournaments, and won the Queensland Amateur championship when he was only 18 years old. He turned pro shortly thereafter, but because there was no professional golf tour in Australia at that time, he chose to play in pro-am tours instead. Von Nida played against American pro Gene Sarazen in the 1930s in an 18-hole match that the Australian eventually won. Shortly after this victory he tried his luck playing abroad and competed in the 1939 US Open, where he finished at 59th place.
World War II broke out a few years later, and von Nida had to put his golf career on hold to serve in the Australian Armed Forces. As soon as the war ended Von Nida was back on the green. He played in the British PGA circuit right after the war and won twice in 1946. A year later he joined several tournaments in Britain, Australia and Europe and won a total of twelve times before the year was over.
Major victories credited to the Australian golfer include his victories in the Australian Open, Australian PGA, the Queensland Open and the New South Wales championship. He recorded a career-best of third place in the 1948 British Open.
von Nida suffered from a medical condition called macular degeneration later in his career, and this would eventually cause a progressive deterioration of his eyesight, causing him to stop playing golf altogether. After quitting he concentrated on coaching other golf pros and served as a club pro while owning racehorses at the same time. He completely lost his eyesight later in his life and died on May 20, 2007 in a Queensland nursing home at the age of 93.