Deaths in the World of Golf in 2008

Tuesday April 7th, 2009
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William C. Battle
A textile executive who was awarded the Silver Star while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Battle was president of the USGA in 1988 and '89.
At 87, on May 31.

Tommy Bolt
Famous for his violent on-course tantrums, Bolt won 15 Tour events, including the 1958 U.S. Open. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
At 92, on Aug. 30.

William Clarke
A career club pro from Phoenix, Md., Clarke chaired the PGA of America's rules committee from 1966 until '71 and was president of the PGA in '73 and '74.
At 85, on Sept. 22.

Dai Davies
After covering golf for the Birmingham Post in England from 1965 to '82, Davies moved to The Guardian, where he worked until 2004. His wife, Patricia, is also a noted golf writer.
At 69, on May 19.

Steve Duplantis
A PGA Tour caddie, his bosses included Tommy Armour III, Eric Axley, Rich Beem and Jim Furyk. Duplantis's wild lifestyle was chronicled in the best-selling 2001 book Bud, Sweat and Tees.
At 35, on Jan. 23.

Phil Harison
A native of Augusta and an insurance executive, Harison was a member of Augusta National and served as the 1st-tee starter at the Masters for 60 years. He was one of two people to have attended every Masters since the tournament's inception in 1934.
At 82, on April 27.

Jeff Jones
A popular caddie and personality for 25 years on the LPGA tour, Jones was nicknamed Shadow because of his quiet on- and off-course demeanor.
At 44, on Sept. 4.

Siles Mitchell
A career mini-tour player, Mitchell spent six years on the Nationwide circuit, where he won once and led the tour in driving distance twice (1998 and '99).
At 42, on July 19.

Orville Moody
Known as Sarge because he served 14 years in the U.S. Army — most of that time overseeing military golf courses — Moody had only one Tour victory, the 1969 U.S. Open, but as a senior he triumphed 11 times, including at the '89 U.S. Senior Open.
At 74, on Aug. 8.

Torakichi Nakamura
His victories in the individual and team (with partner Koichi Ono) portions of the 1957 Canada Cup — the forerunner of the World Cup — in Tokyo helped ignite a golf boom in Japan.
At 92, on Feb. 11.

Dick Rhyan
Rhyan earned more than $1.5 million but never won a tournament despite making 169 PGA Tour and 277 Champions tour starts. At the 1988 Showdown Classic in Park City, Utah, he became the first Champions tour player to make an eagle and a double eagle in the same round.
At 73, on Jan. 16.

Ted Robinson
A past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, he designed more than 160 courses, including Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash., site of the 1998 PGA Championship.
At 84, on March 2.

Allard Roen
A partner in the group that in the 1960s developed La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., Roen was the general chairman of the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions for 38 years, starting in the '50s.
At 87, on Aug. 28.

Robert Sommers
The driving force behind all USGA communications, including Golf Journal magazine, from 1966 to '91, Sommers wrote numerous books, among them The U.S. Open: Golf's Ultimate Challenge.
At 81, on July 26.

Mike Souchak
A winner of 15 PGA Tour events who also played in two Ryder Cups, Souchak was best known for setting the Tour's 72-hole scoring record at the 1955 Texas Open. His 27-under 257 included a record-tying 18-hole score of 60, shot in the first round. The 72-hole mark stood until 2001, when Mark Calcavecchia shot a 256 at the Phoenix Open.
At 81, on July 10.

Abraham Woods
A civil rights activist and Baptist minister who led the first lunch-counter sit-ins in the 1960s in Birmingham, Woods spearheaded protests around the 1990 PGA Championship at Shoal Creek Country Club in reaction to the club's whites-only membership policies. The protests led to sweeping changes that saw golf clubs around the world, including Shoal Creek, abolish discriminatory practices.
At 80, on Nov. 7.

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