GOLF LOSES PEGGY KIRK BELL AND JERRY PALMER

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The cover of The Gift of Golf, the book by Peggy Kirk Bell her life story.

With some high profile passing’s in the last few hours, a couple of losses in the golf world have gone a little under the radar.

To catch you up, Peggy Kirk Bell the owner of the Pine Needles, and Mid Pines golf resorts in Southern Pines NC, and an LPGA Hall of Fame member has passed away at age 95.

Bell died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by family on Wednesday night in her home.

Bell had an outstanding career on the golf course, and continued to contribute to the game during her years of resort ownership.

Pine Needles a wonderful property with a classic Donald Ross design golf course, has hosted 3 U.S. Women’s Opens. Into her 90’s Bell would still stop on the range and help golfers with their golf swings.

For more information there are statements by her son-in-law Kelly Miller, on the Mid Pines and Pine Needles resort websites, and a story from in the Pinehurst newspaper the Pilot. There have been no statements by the family yet, as what might be the business direction of both resorts going forward.

JERRY PALMER even though he was 15 years younger than his more famous brother Arnold Palmer, Jerry Palmer passed away on Thanksgiving at the age of 72 only some 60 days after his brother.

Jerry never quite had the game his brother had on the golf course, but he was a golf course superintendent and belonged to the ASGCS. Jerry Palmer served in that capacity at Latrobe CC home of his more famous brother for several years.

THE GOG BLOG returns on Monday. RORY SPEARS

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.