Urbana native Pete Dye celebrated his 90th birthday late last year, and the world-famous golf course designer was highlighted during last weekend’s NBC telecast of The Players Championship.
Dye designed the renowned TPC at Sawgrass course in Ponte Vedra, Fla., which has hosted The Players Championship for over 30 years.
Sawgrass is most known for its 17th hole’s island green, probably the most famous hole in all of golf.
Dye has designed or co-designed over 125 courses worldwide, and his influence in the sport is obvious when you see other golf courses whose designers have tried to imitate his style.
It seems like every course on the PGA Tour schedule now has holes with water-guarded greens similar to No. 17 at Sawgrass.
Dye was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008, and his impact on the sport will last a lot longer than any of us will be around to see.
And it all began at the Urbana Country Club course, where Dye worked during his teen years on the original nine holes that were designed by his father.
The Alderson Broaddus University baseball team, coached by Urbana High School graduate Luke Harrigan, won its first Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship in school history this season.
Alderson Broaddus will face top-seeded Quincy (Ill.) today in the Division II Midwest Regional at Quincy.
Trivia Time – The LPGA was founded in 1950.
This week’s question – Pete Dye had a better score in the 1957 U.S. Open than which two golf mega-legends?
Reach Steve Stout at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout