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Friday, May 16, 2003
'An institution at Pinehurst' dies at 78
Associated Press


PINEHURST, N.C. -- Don Padgett, a former PGA president who was instrumental in bringing championship golf back to Pinehurst's No. 2 course, died Friday. He was 78.

Peter Stilwell, director of marketing and business development at the Pinehurst resort, said Padgett died at his home of cancer. Padgett was ill for more than a year.

Padgett, a native of New Castle, Ind., served as the PGA president from 1977-78 before coming to Pinehurst in 1987 as executive vice president of golf.

With his help, the resort was able to host The Tour Championship in 1991-92, the U.S. Senior Open in 1994 and the U.S. Open in 1999. The national championship of golf is also scheduled back at No. 2 in 2005.

"He was an institution at Pinehurst and the PGA," Jack Nicklaus said. "Don Padgett was a man of great integrity whose admirers are only outnumbered by his friends."





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