10 Dec 2021 | Industry news |

Vale John Muller, all-time great amateur

by Golf Australia

Vale John Muller.

John Muller, the 1967 Australian Amateur champion, has died.

Muller, who was 76, passed away at home in South Australia.

Born in Western Australia, he represented that state in six men's Interstate Series including on the winning team in 1971, won the WA Amateur twice before moving to SA in 1973. In Adelaide, he won two SA Amateur championships (1974-75) and represented his adopted state six times, winning another national title.

He represented Australia in Papua New Guinea in 1971.

When he won the Australian Amateur Championship at Royal Perth in 1967, Muller became the first man from his state to win the national title.

He is survived by wife Josephine and their children David, Greg, Joanne and Graham.

Some details of John Muller's life and golf career: Born 17 January 1945 in Subiaco, Western Australia, son of Sylvester Bartholomew and Irene Mary. Brother to Peter and Anne.

Golfing honours and contributions

• 1960 - Joined Western Australian Golf Club Mt Yokine 1960 aged 15. (Was previously a caddie and won a caddie event and a golf club as a prize. Members bought additional clubs for him, recognising his talent) • 1961 - Won the WA boys’ championship • 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966 - WA State Junior Team representative (team won national title in 1963, and team captain in 1965, 1966) • 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 - club champion Mt Yokine • 1964 - Captain’s Trophy, Mt Yokine • 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971 and 1974 with Mick Trott; 1968 with Terry Gale - 4BBB Open Championship, Western Australian Golf Club Mt Yokine • 1965 - WA Junior Champion • 1965 - President’s Trophy, Mt Yokine • 1967 - Australian Amateur Champion • 1967 - Winner of the WA Sports Star of the Month (September) • 1967,1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973 - WA State Senior Team representative (winners in 1971) • 1968, 1971 - WA State Amateur Champion • 1969 - Nominated to represent Australia in Stan Morpeth Trophy in Adelaide • 1970 - Won the Prosperity Cup, Mt Yokine • 1971 - WA State Open medallist • 1971 - Australian team representative (Papua New Guinea) • 1973 - South-West Amateur Champion (WA) • 1973 - Moved to South Australia and joined Kooyonga Golf Club. (Honorary membership awarded at Glenelg Golf Club) • 1974 - Won Kooyonga's 50th anniversary tournament • 1974 - Won Kooyonga's Open Day • 1974, 1975 - SA State Amateur Champion • 1974-1979 SA State Team (winners in 1975) • 1974-1981 Represented Kooyonga in Simpson Cup Pennants (won 69% of matches (42/61)

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