Known for his steadfast accuracy and ability to concentrate only on the ball during matches, Donald Norbury typified the kind of golfer every person who has tried his/her hand at the game wants to be.  Norbury was Penn's shining star during his junior and senior seasons on the links for the Red and Blue under legendary golf coach Bob Hays (a Penn Athletic Hall of Fame member) and still stands as the only Quaker to win back-to-back Eastern Intercollegiate Golf Championships.

Norbury's stardom began as a junior when he won the James E. (Sonny) Frasier Memorial Tournament at the Atlantic City Country Club, not only taking the medal with a 69, but winning the final as well.  Norbury led the Quakers to their first win over Penn State in 19 years, finishing with a two-under par 67, a feat no Penn team had done in nearly 20 years.  Norbury only lost one match that season, prior to trying his hand at the Eastern Championships played at Springdale Golf Club at Princeton.  During that tournament, he reigned supreme by defeating the defending champion, Penn State's Bill Davidson, in the first round on the 21st hole and then breezing through the rest of the field.  He defeated Georgetown's Mark Stuart, Yale's Al Gilison and then Yale's Michael Phillips to become only the second Pennsylvanian to win the title. 

 

"The two matches I played against Norbury were the best I've ever played in.  He's a fine competitor and a great golfer," said Davidson, Norbury's first-round opponent.

 

"Donald gave one of the finest exhibitions of 'pressure' golf I have ever seen.  He was just terrific," raved a proud Coach Hays.

 

Following that season, Norbury was named second-team All-American and was honored with the Maurice Larkin Trophy, presented to the lowest Penn qualifier in the EIGC.  The Quakers went undefeated with a 14-0 overall record in 1959 and finished the season third in the Ivy League and fourth at the EIGC.  But Penn and Norbury were not finished yet.

Norbury continued to bury his opponents on the greens, even going so far as to equip himself with a specially-made driver that was 46-inches long, which gave him up to 25 more yards per tee shot.  He again won the Eastern Intercollegiate Golf Championship in 1960, becoming the first player to record back-to-back championships in the tournament's 29-year history.  He also became the only golfer to win at match play and then at medal play.  In medal play in the tournament as a senior, Norbury stroked a 71-69=140, winning the qualifying medal, and then scored a 69-72=141, winning the tournament by four strokes.  For the four rounds, he was 11 strokes better than the next player and was the only golfer to ever win the qualifying medal score and then go on to win the tournament, where he finished seven under par.

           

Penn's prolific golfer finished his collegiate career with a 41-4 record over three years.  He played all 45 matches at the No. 1 spot for the Quakers and co-captained the team during his junior and senior seasons.  As a senior, Norbury tied the previous record of 13 consecutive wins in a single season and again was awarded the Maurice Larkin Trophy.  In 1960, Norbury was named first-team All-American among some recognizable company — Dean Beman (1959 British Amateur Champion), Jack Nicklaus (USGA National Amateur Champion), Dick Crawford (1959 NCAA Champion), Jack Cupit (1959 NCAA co-medalist) and John Konsek (Three-time Big 10 Champion).  He was a member of the All-East golf team and competed in the East vs. West golf matches and finished his intercollegiate golf career with a scoring average of 71.2 for 55 rounds of golf.  The Quakers won the 1960 Ivy League golf championship and finished the season with a 15-2 overall record.

Norbury was not present at graduation exercises in May of 1960, as he was en route to Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in the National Collegiate golf tournament.  He earned his bachelor's of science degree from the Wharton School in economics, was an active member in the Penn Glee Club and was selected to the Friars Senior Society for his outstanding contributions in extracurricular activities.