Westner suicide note reveals intent

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Ernie Els and Wayne Westner celebrate winning the World Cup Golf competition on the 18th green at Erinvale golf club, South Africa, 24th November 1996. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Post published:January 9, 2017

‘Wayne was larger than life. I hope that people will remember him as a hugely talented and gifted man with a kind and generous heart. I pray that whoever writes about dearest Wayne will only concentrate on what an amazing human being he truly was,’ said his former wife Kathy Victor after a suicide note emerged on Monday.

Westner, a two-time SA Open winner, took his life last week in a private residence on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. His wife Alison, along with their son and his wife, were present.

‘Wayne was decorating last week and training extensively with son Matthew getting into shape,’ Victor told You Magazine. ‘Yet he planned his suicide as he left a letter to the devastation of our precious children.’

There was an outpouring of condolences last week after the death of Westner, who won the 1996 World Cup of Golf with Ernie Els.

He won 12 professional events during his career, which ended when he tore ankle ligaments during a pro-am in 1998. Westner had a coaching academy and was set to launch his training aid, Instant Golfer, in the USA in the next few months.

In the note Westner asked that his body be cremated and the ashes scattered at his family’s farm.