John PANTON



Date of Birth - 9 October 1916

Died - 24 July 2009

Place of Birth - Pitlochry, Scotland

Turned Pro - 1935


John Panton  turned professional in 1935 and took up a job in the local

 golf club shop. After serving in the army during World War II, he went on

 to win many prestigious tournaments including the 1956 PGA Match Play

 Championship, the 1950 Silver King Tournament, the 1951 Daks

Tournament and the 1952 North British-Harrogate Tournament. He also

 won the Woodlawn Invitation Open in Germany for three consecutive

years from 1958. In Scotland, he dominated, with eight victories in the

Scottish Professionals Championship and seven in the Northern Open

 between 1948 and 1962.

In addition to tournament golf, Panton also served as a club professional

 at Glenbervie Golf Club until 1984. Later in his career, he won the PGA

 Seniors Championship twice, in 1967 and 1969, and the World Seniors

 Championship in 1967, defeating Sam Snead 3 and 2 in the final.

Panton was appointed honorary professional to The Royal and Ancient

 Golf Club of St Andrews in 1988, a position he held until his retirement in

 2006.[6] In 2005, he was made an honorary life member of the European

 Tour.

As well as his Ryder Cup appearances in 1951, 1953 and 1961, Panton

 also represented Scotland 12 times in the World Cup between 1955 and

 1968.

Panton's daughter, Catherine Panton-Lewis, is a professional golfer and

 was a founding member of the Ladies European Tour.

In common with Arnold Palmer, Panton had a beverage named after

 him in his home country. A John Panton is a non-alcoholic drink

 consisting of ginger beer mixed with a dash of lime cordial.


ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Ryder Cup 1951, 1953, 1961

    World Cup  12 appearances


1948 Northern Open

1948  Scottish Professionals Championship

1949 Scottish Professionals Championship

1950 Silver King Tournament

1950  Scottish Professionals Championship

1951 Daks Tournament

1951 Northern Open

1951  Scottish Professionals Championship

    1952 North British-Harrogate Tournament

1952  Northern Open

1954 Scottish Professionals Championship

1955 Scottish Professionals Championship

1956 News of the World Match Play

1956 Northern Open

1958 Woodlawn Invitation Open (Germany)

    1959 Woodlawn Invitation Open (Germany)

1959  Northern Open

1959 Scottish Professionals Championship

1960 Woodlawn Invitation Open (Germany)

1960  Northern Open

1962 Northern Open

1966 Scottish Professionals Championship (tied with Eric Brown)

1967 World Seniors Championship

1967  PGA Seniors Championship

    1969 PGA Seniors Championship

    

Glove worn and signed by John Panton

“My Way of Golf” by John Panton (signed)

Close up signature of John Panton

Official Programme from the 1967 World Match Play Championship

“In 1967 he won the World Match Play Championship at Wallasey,

 defeating Sam Snead 3 and 2 in the final. Not only did he outplay the

 big-hitting American, for whom success was as familiar as shaving, but

 he out-psyched him.”

Official Order Of Service from Memorial Service of John Panton

at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre - 4 September 2009


Ryder Cup hero John Panton to receive memorial service

10 August 2009

Plans have been unveiled for a memorial service to pay tribute to one

 of Scotland’s greatest golfing heroes.

A funeral for John Panton MBE was held last week after the 92 year old

 former Ryder Cup star passed away at home in Berkshire.

Now it has been revealed a memorial service will be held in John’s home

 town of Pitlochry at the at the town’s Festival Theatre – just a few

 hundred yards from his cottage – on Friday September 4 at 1.45pm.

Panton – described as a “true gentleman” – represented Great Britain

 and Northern Ireland in 1951, 1953 and 1961 Ryder Cups as well as

 winning the British Match Play Championship in 1956.And the golfing

 legend – who turned professional in 1935 at the age of just 19 – also

 played in a remarkable 27 Opens and represented Scotland 12 times in

 the World Cup.

In his later years Panton became one of the game’s most distinguished

 ambassadors and even served as Honorary Professional to the Royal

 and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews from 1988 to 2006.

Peter Dawson, Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St

 Andrews, paid tribute to John.

 He said: “John Panton was a magnificent golfer, a model professional

 and a true gentleman. Although he lived a very full life, it is sad to see

 him go and our thoughts are very much with his family.”

After handing over the post to Jim Farmer in 2006, Panton spent the rest

 of his life as an honorary member of the club – in a sport he lived for.

In his later years he moved to Sunningdale, Berkshire, to be near his

 daughter Cathy – herself an accomplished professional – and joined

 the golf club there.

Sam Torrance, speaking from the Senior Open Championship in

 Sunningdale said: “He was a dear friend – I knew him all my golfing life

 and my thoughts go to Cathy, his daughter. He was a wonderful man, a

 gentleman of the game – he gave a lot of inspiration to Scottish

 golfers.”

European Tour board of directors chairman, Neil Coles added: “He was a

 tremendous iron player in his time and a very good senior player. He

was a very nice man, a quiet man, but very well respected throughout

 the game.

“I played with John in my first Ryder Cup in 1961 so I have a lot of fond

 memories of him. He won the British Seniors a few times and would have

 loved to have been at the MasterCard Senior Open Championship this

 week at Sunningdale. He was the last of that generation – he will be

 sadly missed.”