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



Pandel Savic talking to fans at his book signing 2016 ( 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 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


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Crew SC hosts Atlanta United FC tonight in key MLS Eastern Conference battle, 7:30 pm



COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts Atlanta United FC tonight, Wednesday, June 13, in the first of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2018. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Alex Stec on the call. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Ohio. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online as well as host the Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.


On Saturday, Crew SC claimed a point in a draw with the New York Red Bulls. Forward Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring with a goal in the 26th minute — his 10th goal of the season. Defender Harrison Afful crossed the ball from the endline to Zardes, who headed it past Red Bull’s goalkeeper Luis Robles. The Red Bulls equalized early in the second half but neither side could find the winner in the 1-1 draw.

Atlanta United is coming off of a similar 1-1 draw, having tied with New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. Atlanta’s Josef Martinez extended his Golden Boot lead with a goal in the 48th minute, giving Atlanta the lead. NYCFC equalized late in the game to salvage a point at home.

The last time Crew SC met with Atlanta United, the Black & Gold eliminated Atlanta from the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs in a Knockout Round at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The two clubs remained scoreless after 120 minutes of play, with goalkeeper Zack Steffen making eight saves to force the match to a penalty kick shootout. Steffen made another two saves during the shootout, sending the Black & Gold to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Wednesday’s match will be Crew SC’s fourth contest in just 12 days. Columbus is currently unbeaten in nine games, dating back to a draw with the New England Revolution on April 21.




Dayton Dragons start road trip with thrilling ninth inning to defeat South Bend Cubs, 3-2



June 12, 2018


South Bend, Ind.—The Dayton Dragons broke a 2-2 tie with one run in the top of the ninth inning and reliever John Ghyzel pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to preserve a 3-2 victory over the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday.  The Dragons snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win in the opener of a six-game road trip that will conclude the first half in the Midwest League’s split-season format.

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton was outstanding but came away with no decision.  He worked six and two-thirds innings, allowing two unearned runs, and came within one out of leaving the game with seven scoreless innings.  Naughton gave up seven hits but walked no one and struck out five.

John Ghyzel picked his 12th save of the season for Dayton

The Dragons game-winning rally began when Andy Sugilio reached on a two-out single in the top of the ninth.  With Sugilio running on the pitch, John Sansone lined a single to left to move Sugilio to third.  Mark Kolozsvary then hit a slow bouncer to shortstop.  South Bend’s Jhonny Bethencourt fielded the ball but threw high to first, pulling Austin Filiere off the bag.  Filiere jumped to catch the throw and tried to tag Kolozsvary before he landed, but Kolozsvary was called safe as Sugilio scored to give the Dragons the lead.


Ghyzel struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth on 3-2 pitches, then got a groundout to shortstop to end the game.  He picked up his league-leading 12th save.  The victory was credited to reliever Cory Thompson (4-1), who worked an inning and one-third of scoreless baseball, striking out three of the five batters he faced.

The Dragons took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when J.D. Williams was hit by a pitch, stole second, and eventually scored on an error. In the sixth, Dayton’s Leandro Santana belted his fifth home run of the season, a solo blast, to make it 2-0.


South Bend tied the game in the seventh.  A Dayton error, the first committed by the Dragons after five straight games without a miscue, was followed by a two-out single and then a two-run double by Chris Singleton to tie the game at 2-2.


The Dragons finished with six hits.  Kolozsvary was 2 for 4 with a double.  Santana’s home run was his second in the last five games.


The Dragons improved to 30-33 in the first half with the win with five games to play.  South Bend fell to 33-31.

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Dayton (R-H-E):  3-6-1

South Bend (R-H-E):  2-8-2


Win:  Cory Thompson (4-1)

Loss:  Brian Glowicki (1-3)

Save:  John Ghyzel (12)


HRDayton: Leandro Santana (5th, 0 on base in sixth inning).

HRSouth Bend: None


Notes:  Dragons catcher Hendrik Clementina was named on Tuesday as one of six participants in the Home Run Derby at the Midwest League All-Star Game on June 19 at Lansing.


Up Next:  The Dragons play at South Bend against the Cubs again on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of the series.  Tyler Mondile (1-5, 7.02) will start for Dayton against South Bend’s Ricky Tyler Thomas (2-4, 2.62).



Daily Almanac for Wednesday, June 13, 2018: 164th Day of the Year



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