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The Memorial Tournament mourns the passing of general chairman emeritus, Pandel Savic at age 92

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

Pandel Savic talking to fans at his book signing 2016 (megasportsnews.com photo)

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide are deeply saddened to announce that Pandel Savic, the Tournament’s general chairman emeritus, passed away today in Columbus. He was 92.

 

Pandel was born in Macedonia and came to the United States at age nine. He fought for his adopted and beloved country as a United States Marine in the South Pacific during World War II before attending The Ohio State University. While at OSU, Pandel quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first Rose Bowl victory in 1950. He is one of the founding members of Muirfield Village Golf Club and served as general chairman of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide for more than 30 years, helping the Memorial become one of the premier stops on the PGA TOUR. He was a friend and mentor to all that met him, and he will be dearly missed.

Pandel Savic's book from 2016. A good read for Buckeyes fans who want to know about a fantastic man and his life

 

Memorial services are pending.

 

The following statements were released this afternoon by Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament and Muirfield Village Golf Club:

 

“Pandel Savic was as good a friend as I have ever had.

 

I have known Pandel since I was 6 years old, and until his passing this week, he had been a great friend, great supporter, and great family man. He helped to found Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament. We partnered in a number of golf tournaments, and spent a lot of quality time together and shared countless laughs through the years. Pandel was general chairman of the Memorial Tournament for parts of four decades, and he helped build the foundation of the Memorial, and the Tournament we all enjoy and are proud of today.

 

He came to this country, by himself, as a 9-year-old immigrant from Macedonia, to join his father in Northern Ohio. A proud American, Pandel fought for our country at the age of 18 in the South Pacific. He then went on to Ohio State, and I vividly recall watching him play football when he quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first-ever Rose Bowl victory in 1950. I was proud to be by his side when he was deservedly inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame.

 

Barbara and I, and he and his wife Janice, lived across the street from each other when we got married, and all our kids grew up together. He was a mentor to my kids, as well as to me. They all looked forward to their fireside chats with Pandel, or as they called him, “Big ‘Un.” I affectionately called him ‘Mack.’ He’s just one great guy. Our hearts hurt today over the loss of Mack.”

 

- Jack Nicklaus, Memorial Tournament Founder and Host

 

 

“Pandel Savic will always be remembered at Muirfield Village Golf Club and especially during the week of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He was a strong force to develop the Club and Tournament with Jack Nicklaus and those who preceded him, Bob Hoag and Ivor Young, from the early days in the late 60s and early 70s. Mr. Savic truly was the American dream fulfilled; immigrant, US Marine Corps veteran, Rose Bowl champion, father, grandfather and self-made businessman. It is an emotional day for our loyal staff to lose a very special person from our Club family. Mr. Savic was a steadfast advisor and confidant to me and I will never forget my friend.”

 

- Nicholas LaRocca, General Manager, Muirfield Village Golf Club

 

 

“We lost a great man today, a genuine American success story, in the passing of Pandel Savic. Over the years Mr. Savic contributed greatly to the success of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Mr. Savic loved the Club and the Tournament, joining Jack Nicklaus, Bob Hoag and Ivor Young as founders. He poured his heart and soul into making both, the world-class venue and Tournament, what they are today. Through my long tenure with the Memorial Tournament, Mr. Savic was an incredible mentor, and he always provided the right advice and guidance. All of which I will continue to carry with me for years to come. Mr. Savic will be dearly missed by many.”

 

- Dan Sullivan, Executive Director, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

Legends Luncheon continues to be a success in Columbus; 2017 Memorial honoree Greg Norman visited

Greg Norman says he enjoys his business ventures these days (megasportsnews.com photo)

Jack Nicklaus says he enjoys charity work with his wife Barbara (megasportsnews.com photo)

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April 19, 2017

 

 

 

Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide sets record donation to Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance

Event raises $1.2 million for alliance, bringing seven-year total to more than $5.2 million

 

Seventh annual Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award Recipient announced

 

 

Dublin, Ohio – The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide hosted the seventh annual Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide today, a unique, award-winning fundraiser that brings to life the alliance between the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. All proceeds of the Legends Luncheon directly benefit the young patients and families that Nationwide Children’s Hospital compassionately serves each day.

 

The goal of the Luncheon is to support advances in pediatric care and research throughout the areas of most need at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. To that end, this year’s Luncheon raised a record $1,200,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance. The 2017 amount equals the largest single-year donation in the event’s history and brings the Luncheon’s seven-year total to $5,205,363.53.

 

True to the hearts of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide includes as one of its primary objectives a genuine, philanthropic vision. It is through the Tournament’s partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital that this vision comes to life in the form of pediatric care for children, not only in central Ohio, but from all 50 states and more than 50 countries each year.

 

Seven-year Tournament sponsor Nationwide shares a similar tradition of support for Nationwide Children’s. Nationwide is committed to broadening the impact of its presenting sponsorship of the Memorial Tournament to bring greater awareness and increased funding to Nationwide Children’s and to those who benefit the most – families and children in need of care.

 

Hosts of Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide were Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, together with Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen and his wife Cindy and Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO, Dr. Steve Allen and his wife Dr. Jamie Allen. Luncheon guests experienced a charity event that is unique to Columbus, Ohio. Held at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University, guests enjoyed a special conversation with Memorial Tournament Host and Founder Jack Nicklaus and 2017 Memorial Tournament Honoree and World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman.

 

The final highlight of the Legends Luncheon presented by Nationwide was the presentation of the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award, which is given annually to a patient or family who in some way has demonstrated a strong, driving spirit in overcoming obstacles, an unwavering optimistic outlook, and a strong conviction for their connection to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

The Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award honors the courage within that inspires volunteerism and community outreach, which has a positive influence on others. This year Jack and Barbara Nicklaus presented the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award to Nationwide Children’s Hospital patient Makya Marvi, 10, from Rockbridge, Ohio.

 

When Makya was born on June 17, 2006, he couldn’t breathe and experienced regular seizures. He was immediately transferred to the NICU at Nationwide Children’s, where doctors found that he was born with a tracheoesophageal fistula (TE fistula), an abnormal connection in one or more places between the esophagus and the trachea. Makya required surgery.

 

In January 2009, Makya received a VEPTR implant, which is a growing rod that has to be lengthened in the operating room approximately every six months. From 2009 to 2016, Makya was either lengthened or “revised” every six months. However, in March 2016, he received a MAGEC rod, which has allowed him to avoid frequent surgeries. Now, although still painful, his lengthening procedure occurs more frequently, every other month, but does not require surgery.

 

Makya’s 15 back surgeries haven’t stopped him from doing the things he loves – riding horses, playing baseball, running and riding his bike. He doesn’t let anything hold him back and faces each day with courage, a smile, and a positive attitude.

 

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital has enabled Makya to not only live, but to live a somewhat normal life. Without the innovative procedures and rods, I truly believe that he would not be alive today,” said Makya’s mother Teena.

 

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

 

 

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT & NATIONWIDE INSURANCE

 

Musician David Gray to play 11th annual charity concert benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance

 

David Gray playing yellow guitar 2010 By (Kirk Stauffer), Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

 

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today the details of its 2017 benefit concert. Entering its 11thyear, IGS Energy Evening with David Gray presented by City of Dublin will benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance. Proceeds will support the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

With the continued support of IGS Energy, now entering its eighth year as title sponsor, and City of Dublin who has backed the event from its inception in 2007, the benefit concert has raised more than $690,000 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

“We are thrilled to once again support this amazing concert event that benefits such a worthy cause. As a Central Ohio-based company, we are proud to give back to the communities we serve,” said Scott White, president and CEO of IGS Energy.

 

The 11th annual benefit concert will be held Saturday, May 20, at EXPRESS LIVE! in Columbus. Special guest Shawn Colvin will take the stage first, followed by David Gray. VIP doors open at 6 p.m. EDT. Tickets are now available at $175 per person or $350 per couple. For more information, please visit www.mtbenefitconcert.com or call (614) 355-5400.

 

In June 2010, a charitable alliance was announced among the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation for the benefit and advancement of pediatric care. With this aligned vision, all proceeds of the concert directly benefit the young patients served each day by the Memorial Tournament NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Advancing newborn critical care in the Memorial Tournament NICU is already evident with its family-centered environment that provides the highest quality of medical care for premature and sick infants. As part of the largest neonatal network in the country, the Memorial Tournament NICU is comprised of rigorously trained neonatologists, advanced practice nurses and therapists who utilize an interdisciplinary care approach to diagnose and treat patients suffering from complications of prematurity, complex birth defects, respiratory distress and metabolic diseases. This combined expertise makes the Memorial Tournament NICU at Nationwide Children’s one of the finest in the nation.

 

General admission tickets for David Gray are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations. General admission tickets do not benefit the Memorial Tournament NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For more information on general admission please visit www.PromoWestLive.com.

 

The 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled for May 29 – June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit www.memorialbadges.com to purchase badges. Youths 18 and under receive complimentary admission with a ticketed adult throughout Tournament week. Daily practice round tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are also available. The cost is $35 and they are valid for all three practice-round days.

 

About David Gray: Twenty-one years since his first studio album, David Gray’s tenth and latest, “Mutineers,” finds the singer-songwriter steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. “You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go.”

 

David’s past includes the phenomenal success of “White Ladder” (seven million copies sold), one of three UK number one albums, with records that became ubiquitous and others that needed to be sought out to be heard. It’s a richness of terrain and experience over a duration that belies the traditions and expectations of popular music as surely as the songs themselves.

 

Despite such variance in both the content and reception of his prior output, the only certainty David had at the commencement of his new recording was the need to surprise himself, not just in terms of how he worked, but the ideas that drove him and the people he worked with.

 

“I always write melody first and lyrics second, so I started to write lyrics down and think, right, I’m going to put this to music now. And that was a bizarrely uncomfortable process. And I was layering my voice; something I just found myself doing on a lot of the new tracks. Again, to get away from the density of my voice, just the intensity of it, it’s so loud, it’s so intense, it’s so direct — so singing more softly, singing in falsetto, singing under the voice in a lower voice, finding new sounds, so that it was still me, but it sounded different.”

 

It’s a shift instantly audible on “Mutineers,” an album whose ancestry David sees as more in the neighborhood of John Martyn’s “Small Hours” perhaps than its predecessors in his own catalogue. As well as the change in tone there’s a rising sense throughout the record, from the opening affirmation of “Back In The World” to its conclusion, of an artist liberated from even his own expectations.

 

“I got slightly away from the narrative of the kind of crucified middle aged man. I got into other more ethereal territory, and it was such a relief to me. And when these wide open vistas of the new sound began to emerge in front of my eyes, I rushed in.”

 

David’s collaborator, producer and occasional combatant during this raid on new horizons was Lamb’s Andy Barlow. “His brief was — don’t let me make the same record I’ve made before, take me out of my comfort zone. And he’s a very gentle kind of guy, but courageous. He really took me on creatively in a way that no one else has ever done. So I thought, yeah, this is going to work, but it was a tortured process because I found it so hard to take at times that he would tear up bits of my work in front of my eyes!”

 

Out of the apparent traumas of that procedure “tears, furniture getting thrown,” something more sublime began to emerge. “I was reaching, I was feeling for things rather than knowing and placing, and something far more interesting happened, and there’s such an authority about any recording that’s made in the heat of the moment when you’re actually discovering it as you’re recording it.”

 

It was spontaneity of process and feeling that, says David, recalled some aspects of making “White Ladder,” in a bedroom studio back in 1997.

 

“It was a very special thing that happened [with 'White Ladder'] and it was only a blessing, but of course there are complications to the blessing. So the wonderful, graceful arc that it traced from obscurity into ubiquity was a tremendous thing and the entire upward curve of it was exhilarating in the extreme. And not only that, it didn’t have anyone’s permission, off we went. No one could take it away from us and it was a wonderful thing, but of course you go beyond a certain point and you’re just kind of up on this very high plateau, success, and the game has changed. But I think now it’s the morning after the night before — I don’t want to just be going on about that. Now I’ve got 15 years between me and it, and also I know I’ve done something here that has an authority that is inspiring me and I don’t have to worry about my past or any of that. This record will speak, and then I think I’ll be understood and I think the question will change a little. The lovely thing about this is we’ve had the time to experiment, and the experiment has been a wonderful success so far.”

 

“Mutineers” then, is an experiment that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly. The sound of a musician making a clean break and some sharp turns but also reconnecting with the freedoms of an earlier dream, a rebuke and a salutation to all that’s gone before.

 

Official Website: www.davidgray.com

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

 

 

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

Arkansas’ Garza earns SEC Freshman of the Week Golf honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas rookie Luis Garza continued his stellar play on Monday at the Southern Intercollegiate, finishing T-8th overall to earn Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon.

 

He becomes the second Razorback to earn weekly honors from the league this spring after Charles Kim was named SEC Golfer of the Week on Feb. 22 following his victory at the SunTrust Gator Invitational. Arkansas is the only program in the league to earn multiple weekly awards this year.

Luis Garza

 

Luis Garza has been one of the most consistent freshman in the league this season with seven top-20 finishes in nine starts, including his third top-10 showing of the year on Monday with rounds of 70-71 – 141 (-3) at the Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Georgia.

 

The Leon, Mexico, native has the third-best freshman scoring average in the SEC at 71.7 to help lead No. 24 Arkansas to an 84-31 head-to-head record this year with two team victories. Garza is tied for the best finish this year in the SEC by a rookie, posting a runner-up finish at the Gopher Individual in the fall.

 

Garza and the Razorbacks return to the course on Sunday, March 19 for a three-day event at the Valspar Collegiate in Palm City, Florida.

 

For more information on Arkansas men’s golf, follow @RazorbackMGolf on Twitter.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY David Beall; COURTESY ARKANSAS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Dayton men’s golf advances to A-10 championship round against VCU

 

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Dayton Defeated Saint Joseph’s and George Washington on First Day

WESTON, Fla. – The University of Dayton men’s golf team won both of its matches on the first day of the Atlantic 10 Match Play event hosted by George Washington. The two-day event is being played on the Players Course at Weston Hills Country Club.

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

With wins over Saint Joseph’s and George Washington in the first two rounds, Dayton advances to the championship round against VCU tomorrow. Tee times begin at 9:10 a.m.

Round One
vs. Saint Joseph’s (6-0)
Tripp French defeated Tyler Sokulis, 2&1
Brendan Keating defeated Noah Henderson, 5&3
Nick Paxson defeated Michael O’Brien, 4&3
Jake Gilkison defeated Reed Winkler, 1 up
Caleb Wolters defeated Ross Pilliod, 2&1
Phillip Johnson defeated Drew Taylor, 2&1

Round Two
vs. George Washington (5-1)
Gilkison defeated Lucas Farmer, 1 up
Vince Palazzolo defeated Keating, 1 up
Wolters defeated Jack Porcelli, 3&2
French defeated Yoo Jin Kim, 5&4
Paxson defeated Logan Lowe, 2&1
Johnson defeated Christian Cichan, 4&3

 

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY Jenna Willhoit; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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