The PGA of Australia and the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Association extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Kate Nolan, who passed away on the weekend, aged 44.
Mrs Nolan was a professional golfer who played in the US, Europe and Asia, the highlight of her pro career coming with her win at the 2003 Aristocrat Mollymook Womens Classic.
As an amateur, she was part of the 1996 and 1998 World Cup teams. The latter year was arguably Mrs Nolan’s strongest seasons, where she won both the Australian and Victorian 72-hole Strokeplay Championships.
Following on from her playing career, Mrs Nolan became a much-loved PGA instructor at Albert Park Driving Range. She was one of the facility’s inaugural coaches when it opened in 1996 and taught more than 10,000 golfers, with many of her pupils developing long-lasting relationships with the affable coach.
ALPG Chief Executive Karen Lunn said Mrs Nolan was an extremely popular person who had a huge impact on the golf industry in Australia.
“Kate was a much loved and charismatic person who made a lasting impression on all those she came in contact with,” she said.
“As a player Kate was incredibly talented, but I believe her greatest gifts were her positive nature and passion for the game which she passed on to the many students who were fortunate enough to be taught by her. The legacy Kate leaves to our game are the countless number of pupils she inspired. "
"We would like to express our sincerest condolences to Kate's family and many friends, the ALPG family will always be there when needed to support Kate's husband Bernie and their beautiful children."
PGA chief executive Gavin Kirkman said Ms/Mrs Nolan left an indelible mark on those she coached.
“Kate was a passionate golf person who lived to improve others. The golfing industry will unite in our grief and ensure Kate’s legacy lives on,” Mr Kirkman said.
Mrs Nolan died early morning on Saturday 14 September, surrounded by her loving family.
A Funeral Mass Celebrating the life of Kate Nolan will take place on Tuesday September 24th 2019 commencing at 2.00pm. Kate’s service will take place at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel 210-218 Richardson Street, Middle Park.
A Memorial service to celebrate Kate’s life will also be held at the Robinvale Civic Centre on Thursday September 26th 2019 at 11.00am
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Heart Foundation directly online