Life-Long Amateur Coe Dies at 77


Charlie Coe, a life-long amateur who twice won the U.S. Amateur Championship, died in his sleep Wednesday night at his home.
Coe, 77, won the U.S. Amateur in 1949 and 1958, and was runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in 1959. He was a seven-time member of the Walker Cup team, twice serving as captain.
Coe, who was a three-time Conference champion at the Univeristy of Oklahoma, played in the Masters Tournament 19 times, tying for second in 1961. He also won the 1950 Western Amateur.
Coe never considered turning pro, saying he didn't think of golf as a profession.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his three sons, Chuck, of Germantown, Tenn., Rick, of Oklahoma City; and Ward, of Edmond; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday.
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