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Bob Glading

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Robert Henry Glading MNZM DSC 10 March 1920 – 19 August 2014 was a New Zealand golfer He won consecutive New Zealand Open championships in 1946 and 1947


Growing up in Lower Hutt, Glading earned pocket money as a golf caddy, and he caddied at the 1932 New Zealand Open at the Wellington Golf Club at Heretaunga1

As a 17-year-old amateur player, he entered the 1937 New Zealand Open in Hamilton, where he tied for 28th place2 In the national amateur match-play championship that year he lost in the first round to Australian Harry Hattersley 4 and 33 The next year, Glading contested the 1938 New Zealand Open at Balmacewen in Dunedin, carding a 72-hole aggregate of 298, to finish 10 shots behind the champion, Bobby Locke,4 and reached the third round of the amateur match-play contest5

After finishing second in the 1939 North Island championship, losing on the second extra hole,6 Glading finished seventh in that year's New Zealand Open at Miramar,7 having been tied for the lead after the first round8 He then once again reached the third round of the national amateur match-play9

In 1940, Glading won the North Island amateur championships,10 and in October that year he set a course record of 65, 9 under par, at the Hamilton Golf Club11 He won the New Zealand amateur championship in 194212

During World War II, Glading was an officer in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve and served with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, flying missions in Corsairs over Norway and in the Pacific1 In November 1945 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, for outstanding skill and courage while serving in air operations against the Japanese during July and August 194513

In 1946, he played as an amateur in the New Zealand Open at the Manawatu Golf Club, using clubs that he had made himself, and won the event in a play-off after a four-round total of 306 He repeated the win the following year at New Plymouth with a three-shot victory over Alex Murray, carding rounds of 70, 68, 77 and 7614

At the Australian Open at Kingston Heath in 1948, Glading finished tied for eighth with Kel Nagle15

In 1949, Glading won the New Zealand PGA Championship at Hastings, defeating 1948 New Zealand Open champion Jim Galloway, 2 up16

Glading went to England in 1951 to follow a flying career17 He entered The Open Championship in 1952, but was posted to HMS Indomitable and was unable to compete1

Partnered with DL Woon, Glading won the 1955 New Zealand amateur foursomes championship18

Glading and his family moved to South Africa in the early 1960s after he was offered a job while playing with the Commonwealth golf team in the country in 19591920 They later returned to New Zealand

In 1999 Glading made his only hole-in-one, on the eighth hole at Muriwai1 In the 2007 New Year Honours he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to golf21

As well as being a caddy, player and club maker, Glading wrote a column for golf magazine The Cut, did television commentary work and served on the board of The First Tee of New Zealand, a golfing charity22

Glading died at his home in the Auckland suburb of Northcross in 201423 At the time of his death he was the oldest surviving New Zealand Open champion24


  1. ^ a b c d Rattue, Chris 5 January 2007 "Golf: the indomitable spirit of Bob Glading" New Zealand Herald Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  2. ^ "Amateur wins" New Zealand Herald 4 October 1937 p 15 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  3. ^ "Amateurs excel" New Zealand Herald 6 October 1937 p 17 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  4. ^ "Locke predicted score in New Zealand title win" referee 24 November 1938 p 18 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  5. ^ "Amateur title" New Zealand Herald 17 November 1938 p 16 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  6. ^ "Youths' final" Auckland Star 11 April 1939 p 15 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  7. ^ "Golf champion" New Zealand Herald 13 November 1939 p 9 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  8. ^ "Glading and McIntosh 74" Auckland Star 10 November 1939 p 11 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  9. ^ "Golf at Miramar" Evening Post 15 November 1939 p 11 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  10. ^ "North Island final" Evening Post 26 March 1940 p 14 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  11. ^ "Remarkable golf" New Zealand Herald 7 October 1940 p 9 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  12. ^ "Tournament details" Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate 24 March 1950 p 10 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  13. ^ "No 37358" The London Gazette Supplement 20 November 1945 p 5656 
  14. ^ "Glading wins NZ Open" The Mercury 10 November 1947 p 19 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  15. ^ "Thrilling finish to Open golf" The Examiner 25 October 1948 p 10 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  16. ^ "Young golfer wins NZ amateur" The Argus 19 September 1949 p 16 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  17. ^ "Air career for golfer" The Mercury 15 August 1951 p 3 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  18. ^ "It is Peter again in NZ" The Argus 10 October 1955 p 18 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  19. ^ Maddaford, Terry 8 July 2008 "Soccer: From own goals to scoring the top job" New Zealand Herald Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  20. ^ "Nostalgic round for Eisenhower greats" The Press 27 November 2009 p 8 
  21. ^ "New Year honours list 2007" Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 30 December 2006 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  22. ^ "Bob Glading did it all on golf links" Manawatu Standard 20 August 2014 p 19 
  23. ^ "Robert Henry Bob Glading obituary" New Zealand Herald 20 August 2014 Retrieved 24 August 2014 
  24. ^ "Golf: Glading a winner again" New Zealand Herald 4 December 2006 Retrieved 24 August 2014 

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