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With sadness we say farewell to one of Otago’s great champions of the game, Brian Whitburn (90).

Brian passed away on Monday and is remembered for his love of Golf and Tramping. Some lovely stories were told of his Tramping day’s (not walking) and Golf on Wednesday.

Brian made his debut for the Otago team in 1952 at Paraparaumu Beach, going on to play times 10 for Otago between 1952 and 1963 playing along side other greats of that time  Ron Timms, Tony Gibbs, Ross Murray, Ray Kearns, Brian and Colin Colquhoun.

Brian was a member at Chisholm Links and Otago Golf Club over his time and won multiple championship with the South Island Amateur among those.

Brian caddied for Sir Bob Charles in the match against Arnold Palmer in 1966 at Otago Golf Club.¬† After Bob went against Brian’s first putt read, which he missed, Bob went with Brian’s lines and they had a very convincing win in the end, Ray Kearns was caddying for Arnold that day too.

Brian will now be catching up and telling golfing stories with those that have passed before.

Rest in peace.



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