Former PGA President Warren Orlick Dies

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Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. -- Warren Orlick, the 17th President of the PGA of America, died Saturday at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. He was 90.
 
Orlick served as President of the PGA of America from 1971-72, during which he developed the PGA Apprentice and PGA Master Professional programs. He won the 1960 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award and was twice named the Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
 
'Warren Orlick, a teacher of teachers, was one of the great contributors to the success of our Association and to the welfare of countless young PGA professionals and amateurs he took under his care,' said PGA Chief Executive Officer Jim Awtrey. 'Warren's combined love of the game and The PGA of America helped make us all appreciate how important our roles are in growing the game. We will miss him and his guidance, and we join his wife, Anna, in mourning his passing.'
 
In 1955, Orlick was named the first chairman of the PGA of America's Rules of Golf Committee. He served as a rules official for several major championships, including close to 50 years at The Masters, where last April he was honored for his service at Augusta National.
 
'Warren Orlick's lifelong devotion to his fellow PGA Professional is a legacy that will serve as an example of how much we all can learn about sustaining the values of the game,' said PGA President M.G. Orender.
 
Orlick was the second former President of the PGA of America to pass away in the last week. Don Padgett served as President of the PGA of America from 1977-78 and died Friday afternoon.
 
Orlick is survived by his wife, Anna; stepchildren Mark Matuszczyk, Rene Bohlen and Annette Ventimiglia and three grandchildren