Former US Am Champ Dies

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PINEHURST, N.C. -- Harvie Ward, a two-time U.S. Amateur champion and a top teaching pro whose clients included the late Payne Stewart, has died after a long illness.
 
Ward died Saturday night at his home in Pinehurst, the resort said. He was 78.
 
'He was an extremely fine player and one of the fiercest amateur competitors I ever knew,' Arnold Palmer said.
 
Ward won the NCAA Championship at North Carolina in 1949, then rose to prominence by winning the U.S. Amateur in 1955 and 1956, and the British Amateur in 1952. He also won the Canadian Amateur in 1954, and played on three Walker Cup teams.
 
'Harvie was a wonderful man and one of the great amateur players of his era,' said Jack Nicklaus, who lost to Ward in the early rounds of the 1958 U.S. Amateur. 'As much as he will be remembered for his accomplishments in golf, I think he will be remembered even more for his warm and friendly nature.'
 
Ward moved to Pinehurst in 1989 and spent the latter part of his life as a teacher. Among his clients was Stewart, a two-time U.S. Open champion who perished in a plane crash in October 1999 after winning the Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
 
Ward his survived by his wife, Joanne Dillon Ward, and a sister. A memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Member's Clubhouse at Pinehurst Resort.
 
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