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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Lord Byron passes on

Posted on Tue, Sep 26, 2006 at 5:52 PM

Golfing great Byron Nelson died today in Roanoke, Texas, at age 94 of natural causes.

Nelson was a pro for one year in the 1930s at Texarkana Country Club. He nicknamed the course "Little Augusta" and would stop at Texarkana on his way to Augusta, Ga., to play in the Masters. Nelson appeared in Little Rock in 1999 when Pleasant Valley Country Club unveiled its redone first 18 holes. Nelson was a guest with course designer and friend Joe Finger.

Nelson won a record 11 PGA tournaments in a row and 18 for the season in 1945. He retired early from the weekly professional tour grind, but was all around golf, including for years helping Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead start the Masters and being on hand every year for his tournament in Irving Texas.

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