Johnstone inducted into Golf Hall of Fame

ENGLAND-BASED professional golfer Tony Johnstone was on Tuesday inducted into the fifth Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport.



Johnstone was inducted into the class of 2013 with South Africans Ruby Bright, Rae Hast and Arthur Walker, Simon Hobday of Zambia and Joe Dlamini of Swaziland.

The golfer was inducted by Hall of Famers and compatriots Nick Price and Mark McNulty and South African Gavan Levenson.

Tony, as he is affectionately known, was born in Bulawayo in 1956 and attended Christian Brothers College.

He turned professional in 1979 and spent his career playing on the Sunshine Tour and in Europe. He won the European Tour six times and finished a career best seventh on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1992.

The pro-golfer won the Sunshine Tour 17 times and represented the country in international competitions.

Johnstone represented the country in the Alfred Dunhill Cup from 1993 to 2000 and the World Cup from 1994 to 2001. In 1992, he won the British PGA Championship. He was, however, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis an inflammatory disease which damages nerve cells in the spine and brain.

His career could have ended but with drug treatment he put the disease into remission and made his European Seniors Tour debut in 2006.

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