Frank Phillips (PGA Australia, LM)
Described as a tall Sydney Professional who built an outstanding professional record in Australian Golf through the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Phillips was rated as one of the best ball strikers of his era.
Winning the Australian Open in 1957 at Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, defeating Gary Player and Ossie Pickworth and again in 1961 at Victoria Golf Club, Melbourne, defeating Gary Player. Frank shared second place with Jack Nicklaus behind Gary Player in the 1965 Australian Open.
Frank is quoted as saying "I stopped Gary Player from winning nine Australian Open tiltles".
Frank was five time winner NSW Open, two time winner of both the Victorian and Tasmanian Opens, NSW PGA Champion and done well on the Asian Circuit with seven victories to his name.
With such success in Australia, Frank also won the New Zealand PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour.
Frank would go onto win 17 times within Australasia and has had many successes overseas.
Frank was paired with his good pal Kel Nagle when they represented Australia in the 1958 Canada Cup in Mexico.
He was the golf club professional at the Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club, Sydney, for nine years. After completing his position at the club Frank took to running a service station and then later teaching at a public golf course in Fairfield.
Frank Phillips was granted life membership of the PGA in 2002.