20 Nov 2019 | Golf Australia |
Vale George Begg, one of golf's great characters
- by Brendan Moloney, long-time president of the Australian Golf Media Association
Our friend/colleague/secretary-treasurer/passionate Sanctuary Lakes member/multiple AGMA championship winner George will be remembered for many things, including the staging of the best and worst golf writers' dinners on record.
The best by far was when Kel Nagle was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The man who beat Arnold Palmer in the Centenary Open was not up to travelling to the United States for the ceremony, so George persuaded the Hall of Fame to come here. It brought a great amount of happiness to many people including Kel, his family and great mate Peter Thomson - and remains a source of deep pride to the association.
The worst - and he agreed - was on a Sydney Harbour ferry.
On the surface, so to speak, it was an innovative idea and members were enthusiastic at the prospect of a balmy cruise.
Alas, the guests speaker was the counterpart of the late Colin Phillips at the Royal Canadian Golf Association. After 20 minutes of explaining the inner workings of his orgaisation, he drew breath and we thought he was going to sit down.
Instead he forged on with the words: "And now we come to the Royal Canadian Golf Association junior program ...".
Hardened scribes were looking longingly at the coast, about two miles away, and thinking of throwing themselves overboard just to escape.
Afterwards, with George's consent, we amended the constitution so that a dinner would never be held on a (expletive deleted) boat again.
The association was blessed to have such a big-hearted, hard-working, enthusiastic achiever on the executive for more than 30 years.
To Sue, Jenny and Nicole, we miss him and our thoughts are with you.
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