Farewell: Paying Tribute To Those We Lost In 2012
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The accountant was hailed as Kentucky's greatest amateur, but his game could travel: He won the 1984 British Senior Am. He co-founded the Society of Seniors in 1983. At 85, Oct. 7.
The town justice and Winged Foot member was a longtime Metropolitan Golf Association rules official. At 97, June 21.
Served as the educational director of the New Jersey State Golf Association Scholarship Program for 37 years. At 77, April 26.
These club pros were PGA members for 50-plus years: Paul Allen (age 82), Jack Bell (83), Jim Brass (81), Bill Brunsman (93), Ross Carley (80), Brien Charter (85), Paul Falls (91), Leon Faucett (84), Tom Foree (93), Victor Giron (75), Ted Graygor (82), John Heller (80), Dan Herring (88), Charles F. Lewis Jr. (94), Errol Marshburn Jr. (87), William Mattson (77), Joseph Mazur (84), Joe Mihelich (96), Chesney (Chet) Munson (91), Bill Nary (96), Stanley Parsons (93), William Polumbo (95), Boots Porterfield (84), Bob Schuh (78), Dean Shortridge (87), Joseph Sodd (89), Gene Sullivan (82), Bob J. Thomas (79), Ken Tucker (99, see separate listing), Ray Vennewitz (83), Joe Walser (79, see separate listing), Danny Williams (89).
DOROTHY GERMAIN PORTER
Five-time USGA champion also ruled women's golf in her native Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. At 88, July 20.
FRAN QUINN SR.
The patriarch of a talented golf family, he won several New England championships. At 74, Jan. 2.
WALTER (YIPPY) RANKIN
Through marriage to LPGA great Judy Rankin, he was a goodwill ambassador for the women's tour. At 71, Feb. 24.
Led the Long Beach State golf program (and future tour star Mark O'Meara) from 1975 to 1980. At 92, April 9.
The owner of Chicago's Northwestern Golf Company, which his father started in 1929. At one time the company was the leading seller of clubs in the industry. He was inducted in the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. At 83, Nov. 1.
Metropolitan Golf Association Executive Committee member from 1978 to 1986. At 92, Jan. 31.
CHARLES (BILL) SESSUMS
Golf course superintendent for 43 years, including at Pinewild C.C. and Duke University Golf Club. At 75, March 16.
Coached Michigan's golf teams from the mid-1970s to 1982; in his youth he caddied under Byron Nelson when Lord Byron was the Inverness Club pro. At 83, July 28.
THOMAS (SMITTY) SMITH
The National Black Golf Hall of Fame member was a golf shop owner/operator in Atlanta. At 88, March 29.
An uncle/mentor to Seve Ballesteros, the Spaniard had skill, too, winning five national opens in Europe. At 74, Aug. 28.
Popular pro tour caddie carried for Larry Mize at the 1987 Masters and of late worked for Kirk Triplett on the Champions Tour. At 55, Oct. 19.
JAMES D. SYKES
Led the Golf Association of Philadelphia from 1975 to 2000. At 78, Oct. 21.
The Jamestown (Va.) High School senior golfer had committed to East Carolina but drowned in James City's College Creek. At 18, May 28.
74-year PGA member was club-pro icon in Pacific Northwest. At 99, March 20.
Popular leader of international teams, she had been manager of the Great Britain & Ireland side in the 2012 Curtis Cup. At 50, Feb. 14.
MGA Tournament Committee member who also served on the New Jersey Seniors Golf Association membership committee. At 74, Jan. 12.
LPGA Tour player who won the 1997 du Maurier Classic and eight other tour events. Her success came in brief stretches of dominant play. Her du Maurier victory came 10 months after giving birth to her son. At 56, Dec. 11.
JOE WALSER JR.
An accomplished golfer in his youth in Oklahoma, he culminated a great management career as vice chairman of Landmark Golf. At 79, May 10.
A former NFL player under Vince Lombardi, he became a PGA member in 1985 and played senior tour events. At 78, May 21.
Popular celebrity host of the San Diego PGA Tour event from 1968 to 1988. At 84, Sept. 25.
PHYLLIS (PHYL) WYLIE
The oldest surviving Curtis Cup player, she had played for Great Britain & Ireland in 1938. At 101, Oct. 3.
Director of the USGA's Green Section Mid-Atlantic Region, he had first joined the association in 1971. At 63, Aug. 28.