29th June 2014 | Alps Tour Golf
A little more about Flory van Donck
This year marks the 102th anniversary of Flory van Donck’s birth. He was a great Belgian professional player during the last century.
His career started in the thirties and counts more than fifty victories. He had been the recipient of the prestigious Harry Vardon Trophy in 1953 as Player of the Year for his record of seven victories in a year. His most emblematic performances are the following:
– Twice Individual World Champion (1955 and 1960)
– Twice Runner-up in The Open (1956 and 1959)
– 25 victories in different European Opens, including 6 times the Belgian Open, 5 times in Netherlands Open, 4 times the Italian Open, 3 times the French Open…)
He also dedicated a large part of his life to transmitting his knowledge and his passion. He had been involved with several golf clubs in Belgium and Switzerland and was the coach of the German national team during fifteen years.
In tribute to him, several competitions are organized in Belgium and abroad. For nearly 20 years, the ‘Flory van Donck Pro-Am’ opens the week of the Omega European Masters in Crans Montana. And from 2011, the Alps Tour event in Belgium is entitled to him.