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Farewell: Paying Tribute To Those We Lost In 2012

In our honor roll of the many golf personalities who passed away in 2012, we make note of their unique contributions to the game.

Jim Flick Ramon Sota and Doug Brecht

Contributors All: The golf community lost individuals who impacted the game in many ways, from (left to right) hands-on instructor Jim Flick, player/mentor Ramon Sota (AP) and popular official Doug Brecht (AP).

EDWARD BACON JR.
A course-rating committeeman for the Metropolitan Golf Association. At age 81, March 27.

BOB BABBISH
The 1935 Michigan Amateur and 1938 Western Amateur champion is in the Michigan Golf and University of Detroit halls of fame. At 96, Jan. 24.

ROGER BARRY
A versatile sportswriter for the Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger, he won several writing and lifetime awards as its golf editor and was president of the Golf Writers Association of America from 1969 to 1971. At 92, Jan. 22.

DOUGLAS BILLIAN
Owner of Golf World from 1978 to 1988. At 84, Sept. 15.

FURMAN BISHER
The legendary Atlanta-Journal Constitution columnist was as regular at the Masters as the azaleas, covering the tournament for 62 years (1950-2011) and writing the book, The Masters, Augusta Revisited: An Intimate View. At 93, March 18.

DOUG BRECHT
The former collegiate player and coach became an LPGA Tour rules official in 1993, earning wide respect and admiration for his character. At 62, Oct. 12.

ARNIE BURDICK
Media relations director for 27 years at the PGA Tour event on Hilton Head Island. At 92, June 5.

CARTER CHEVES
The North Carolina native ran the American Golf Association for senior events and created the Joe Cheves Jr. Invitational. Full name was Joseph Monroe Carter Cheves. At 56, April 11.

GEOFFREY CORNISH
Prodigious course architect also wrote the definitive architectural history book, The Golf Course, with Golf Digest Architecture Editor Ron Whitten. At 97, Feb. 10.

DR. WILLIAM (BILL) DICKEY
The PGA Tour, PGA of America and USGA honored the insurance and real-estate executive for his work in diversifying golf and improving minority involvement. At 84, Oct. 16.

BARBARA DOUGLAS
The IBM executive was the USGA's first minority Women's Committee chair was also president of the National Minority Golf Foundation. At 69, Jan. 27.

ROGER DUNN
The golf-retail business changed forever when the first of his chain of off-course discount stores opened in 1978 in Santa Ana, Calif. At 81, Aug. 28.

JOHN ENGLISH
The Boston-area sportswriter was USGA assistant executive director under the legendary Joseph C. Dey from 1949 to 1959. At 101, March 6.

MIKE FETCHICK
The three-time PGA Tour winner still reigns as the oldest Champions Tour winner (age 63) when he won the Hilton Head Seniors International in 1985. At 89, March 8.

JIM FLICK
A World Golf Teachers Hall of Famer, he roomed with Arnold Palmer in college, taught Jack Nicklaus in his senior years and was a Golf Digest stalwart on the page and at its schools, teaching the grass-roots player. At 82, Nov. 5.

MARIA FLOYD
Steely-eyed husband Raymond only had eyes for her, and his career benefited; she helped organize the PGA Tour Wives Association. At 69, Sept. 7.

DR. C. REED FUNK
A one-time faculty member at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station who was instrumental in turfgrass breeding. At 84, Oct. 4.

NADINE MARIE GASCH-CYBYSKE
Her work as a team leader to implement golf course rating in coastal North Carolina was part of her behind-the-scenes work with the Sea Trail Ladies Golf Association and the North Grand Strand (NC) Inter-Club Golf Group. At 61, May 17.

CAMPBELL (SONNY) GRANT
Carolinas competitor won the 1967 North Carolina Am. At 83, May 21.

LOIS HAINS
Golf Digest associate editor who chronicled the rare feats and on-course games of the common golfer. She was an organizing force behind the magazine's Annual Record Book and Almanac product. At 79, May 21.

JIM HANNY
Coached Cal State-Stanislaus from 1966-2008, during which the Division III school won 12 NCAA titles. At 86, May 28.

EDWARD HARBERT II
Executive producer of New York Times television productions in the 1980s. At 88, April 8.

JOHN HARBOTTLE III
Golf course architect who was lauded for his attention to environmental concerns. At 53, May 24.

VANCE HEAFNER
Son of seven-time PGA Tour winner and two-time U.S. Open runnerup Clayton Heafner, Vance moved from a standout amateur and college career to the PGA Tour. He won the 1981 Walt Disney World National Team title with Mike Holland. He later was director of golf at Prestonwood C.C., Cary, N.C. At 58, Sept. 26.

JIM HUBER
Emmy-winning sportscaster with TNT who excelled at essays and who wrote a book on Tom Watson's run at the 2009 Open Championship. At 67, Jan. 2.

CHARLES (CHICK) HUNTER
Longtime golf participant in Carolina Golf Association events. At 77, Oct. 10.

DON JOHNSON
President/CEO of the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholars from 1988 to 2009. At 77, May 24.

TOM KERN
A founding member of the Indiana Golf Course Owners Association who received its 2011 Outstanding Contributor Award, which has since been renamed in his honor. At 72, Oct. 12.

GLEN LASSITER SR.
Piggly Wiggly grocery executive founded the Riverside Golf Club in Robbins, N.C. At 76, Jan. 4.

EMIL LAUTER
For 50 years ran the Skokie, Ill., Pro Shop World of Golf; in the 1990s the shop did $8 million in business annually. At 89, April 9.

JACK MAHAFFEY
A former USGA executive committee member and president of the Pennsylvania Golf Association, he was a member at Oakmont, where he was general chairman for the 1962 and 1973 U.S. Opens, and the 1969 U.S. Amateur. At 95, Dec. 7.

ROBERT DALE MORGAN
Was Vice President/Championship Management for the PGA Tour in the early 2000s. At 50, Jan. 29.

AL MOTTAU
A member of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association for more than 30 years. At 85, April 28.

LEROY NEIMAN
A popular impressionistic artist, mainly in the sports realm, Neiman did three art themes for Golf Digest pieces in the mid-1970s. At 91, June 20.

ROBIN NELSON
Golf course architect in the design firm of Nelson & Haworth; he did extensive new and remodeled designs in Hawaii and eastern Asia. At 61, Nov. 19.

STEVE NOSLER
Stepped down in 2006 after 14 seasons and three NCAA appearances as Oregon men's coach; Casey Martin followed him. At 74, July 6.

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