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Peter Alfred Toogood MBE
b. 11 April 1930
Peter Toogood hit the perfect golf stroke when he was only eight years old. His hole-in-one on the 110-yard seventh at Kingston Beach in 1938 was a world record for the youngest hole-in-one— and it stood for 20 years.
Peter started his golf career on the scratch mark and held a scratch handicap for 30 years from 1948 — an outstanding performance from any golfer. He won thirty consecutive championships from 1948-1978 and won Royal Hobart's Club Championship five times in the 1980's—1980, 1983, 1986, 1987 and 1988 at the age of 58, a tremendous effort.
He won the Tasmanian Open Golf Championship eight times from 1949 to 1959 and represented Tasmania in Australian interstate teams matches a staggering twenty nine times from 1948 to 1978. Peter's achievements were not solely confined to State competitions. He was the leading Amateur in the British Open in 1954 and in the same year he won the Australian Amateur Golf Championship and was a quarter finalist in the British Amateur Championship. In 1956 he won the New Zealand Amateur Championship.
Other career highlights included leading Amateur player in the Australian Open Golf Championship in 1950, 1952, 1955 and 1957 as well as being a member of Australia's winning team in the inaugural World Amateur Teams Championship for the Eisenhower Cup at St Andrews in 1958.
Peter Toogood was awarded an MBE in 1981 for his services to golf and sport in general.