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Former South African Cricketers Remember John Bland; Tweet About The Legend

Legends can be lost, but are never forgotten. And the same applies for a legendary South African golfer, John Bland. The renowned golfer passed away on the 9th of May. And ex-cricketers from his home nation of South Africa, remembered him with love and admiration. And right so!!

Remembering John Bland: A South African Golf Legend

Beloved South African golfer John Bland, a prominent figure in the world of golf, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 77. Bland’s death occurred at a hospital in George, South Africa, following a courageous battle with cancer. Surrounded by his loving family and his loyal companion, a bulldog named Handsome, Bland found peace in his final moments.

His wife, Sonja, expressed the family’s relief that John’s suffering had come to an end. Sonja fondly reminisced about their 25-year journey together, emphasizing the exceptional qualities that made John a remarkable man. Throughout this challenging time, the Bland family was overwhelmed by the incredible support and love from John’s lifelong friends. They were deeply grateful for the companionship and solace they provided.

The news of Bland’s passing deeply affected Tony Johnstone, a close friend and fellow golfer who regarded John as more than just a friend but as a brother. Johnstone struggled to find words that could adequately express the depth of his loss and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to Sonja and the entire family. The golfing community mourned the loss of a cherished figure and extended their sympathies to Bland’s loved ones.

A Remarkable Career and Achievements

John Bland’s professional career in golf began in 1969, following in the footsteps of South Africa’s golfing legends. He etched his name in the history of the Sunshine Tour, winning the Order of Merit an impressive four times. In 1970, Bland secured a significant victory at the Transvaal Open, joining the ranks of champions such as Sid and Jock Brews, Bobby Locke, and Gary Player.

A notable triumph came in 1977 when Bland emerged victorious over Gary Player to claim the South African PGA Championship. His success on the Sunshine Tour continued to flourish, earning him a remarkable 19 titles. Bland also left an indelible mark on the DP World Tour (formerly known as the European Tour), triumphing twice. At the pinnacle of his career, he achieved a career-high ranking of 48th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

And two legendary South African cricketers had this to say about his passing!!

John Bland, A Beloved Figure in the Golfing Community

Bland’s prowess extended into his senior golf career, where he continued to make waves. He captured five victories on the PGA Tour Champions and secured three wins on the Legends Tour. These accomplishments showcased his enduring skill and dedication to the sport.

The passing of John Bland triggered an outpouring of tributes from around the world, highlighting his immense popularity and the respect he garnered as a South African sportsman. The golfing community mourned the loss of a true icon, reminiscing about his contributions and the joy he brought to the game.

John Bland will be remembered not only for his impressive achievements but also for his amiable personality and warm spirit. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of golfers, both in South Africa and beyond. As the golfing world mourns his loss, it stands united in celebrating the remarkable life of John Bland, a beloved figure whose impact will be felt for years to come.


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