Friday, May 16, 2003
'An institution at Pinehurst' dies at 78
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
"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."