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Jack Coogan


I was fortunate to have Jack Coogan as a mentor .He being an excellent shot maker and a great match player. He was Queensland’s number one player for many years and an Australian Representative.
He was selected in the 1960 Australian team with Eric Routley(Capt.),Ted Ball, Bruce Devlin, Jack Coogan to defend the Eisenhower Trophy at Merion Golf Club USA. In one match Jack played a brilliant 19 year old (explosive hitter with a very short crew-cut) current US amateur champion named Jack Nicklaus.
In the 1959 Australian Championships, Royal Sydney G.C
The semi final match between Peter Toogood and Jack Coogan saw Coogan strike a remarkable putting form. When the match ended at the 14th hole Coogan had 1 putted 7 greens to run out an easy winner. In the final Bruce Devlin was too good for Coogan and won the 36 hole championship 2 up.
1955 Australian Open, Gailes Golf Club
Winner Bobby Locke SA.
2nd place Norman Von Nida
3rd place and Leading Amateur Medal -Jack Coogan
1953 Peter Heard defeated Jack Coogan in the Final.
1952. Jack and Dick Coogan won the 1952 Australian Foursomes Championship.

He was one of the foremost Australian amateurs of his generation. He won six Queensland amateur championships between 1953 and 1961, five Brisbane amateur close championships, was twice runner-up in the Australian amateur championship (1953-1959), and represented Australia three times – in the 1954 and 1959 Commonwealth team events and the 1960 Eisenhower Cup.
A member of Gailes Golf Club he won 7 club championships.
His brother, Dick Coogan, a noted long-hitter also won the Gailes club championship several times.
Dick Coogan won the Brisbane close amateur championship in 1953 and 1957.

Where Jack turned Professional, his Brother Dick remained an amateur. The quality of golf played by Dick Coogan saw him still representing Queensland in the 1968 Interstate Series.


Struan McDowall



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