It is with deep sorrow for me to advise all club members of the Gold Coast District Golf Association that one of our long serving (retired) Executive Committee member & President in Jon Norton has passed away on Sunday 1st November 2020.
Jon has not been well for many years which eventually forced him to retire from our Association in 2010. Our prayers go out to Annie and Jon’s immediate family during this very sad time but please be very proud for what Jon has achieved in golf in his lifetime. Jon has played golf right up to some months ago when he body was struggling and his eyesight rapidly declining he felt it was the time to call it quits. He was able to hold a single figure handicap right to the end.
Jon was born in Victoria and found the game of golf very early. He soon represented Victoria in Junior Golf and progressed in time as he matured -Jon was the youngest Club Champion at the Northern Golf Club which still stands today.
On moving to the Gold Coast Jon became involved in Junior Golf at The Terranora Country Club where he was Junior Coordinator of Golf and eventually was invited to join the G.C.D.G.A. as their man in charge of the kids and carried out that task. Jon’s name first appeared in the associations Delegate Minutes in November 14th 1988. Jon spent the next 10 years in looking after the juniors for the association steering the kids to bigger and better things in the golf world.
John then became GCDGA President from 1999 to 2009 -he then decided to just play his golf each week with Annie and take things easy. He then took on the task of historian where Joh researched, travelled to record the History of Golf for the GCDGA – the first 50 years within our Association. A copy can be found within our website.
Over the past 12 years Jon’s health deteriorated to a point where he became legally blind which slowed him down considerably but not with his golf as with help still held a 13 GA at his club Surfers Paradise.
Jon was a very rare person who was happy to spend his lifetime in being a father to his kids, introduced and operated the Putt Putt Miami at Mermaid Beach for 20 to 30 years and still found the time to devote to progression of Golf on the Gold Coast through the association and especially his Junior Golf Programs where he played a part in the golf careers of many of our Coast champions today.
The Jon Norton Trophy was established years ago to honor Jon and his many sacrifices he did to volunteer for many many hours over many many years – to help promote and invite junior players to the world of golf.
Thank you Jon and you will always be remember by many.
At this time unless family wishes change a private funeral will be held with immediate family only. In the near future a memorial service may be held for Jon’s friends and family to share stories and remember a wonderful man. We will keep you updated.
from GCDGA Executive Committee members from over the years “the road was brighter having you by our side”