Golf Television Innovator Dies


Fred Raphael, who is credited with developing the Shells Wonderful World of Golf television exhibitions, died Tuesday in Bridgeport, N.Y. after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 80.
Raphael helped create the Legends of Golf in 1978. That tournament inspired officials to create the Senior PGA Tour two years later.
Shells WWOG was an Emmy Award-winning show that featured 18-hole matches from all over the world. The list of participants included everyone from Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus.
The show is still in existence, with todays stars competing against each other.
Raphael is survived by his five children and three grandchildren. A memorial mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Queen of the Most Hold Rosary Church in Bridgehampton.
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