Roger DunnWEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) — Former professional golfer Roger Dunn, who established a chain of discount golf equipment retail stores in California and Hawaii, has died. He was 81.
WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) — Former professional golfer Roger Dunn, who established a chain of discount golf equipment retail stores in California and Hawaii, has died. He was 81.
Dunn died of heart failure on Aug. 28 at West Covina's Kindred Hospital east of Los Angeles, his daughter Cheryl Alderson told the Los Angeles Times.
In 1946, when he was a 15-year-old caddie at Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, Dunn was sponsored by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as the Southern California representative at the inaugural National Caddie Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
He was a top junior golfer in the late 1940s and competed in tournaments against future Hall of Fame golfers Gene Littler and Billy Casper.
Dunn was the Western State Conference champ in 1950 and, while at the University of Southern California, he was the Pacific Coast Conference Champion in 1951.
Dunn played on the Professional Golf Association Tour in the early 1960s before teaching golf at the Studio City Golf Course in 1962.
Three years later, he began operating a driving range in North Hollywood and turned the front area into a pro shop in what became the first retailer offering golf equipment at a discount.
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