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Dye Earns PGA Distinguished Service Award

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Renowned golf course architect Pete Dye has been chosen as the recipient of the 2004 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
The 78-year-old will be honored at The Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 11th during the week of the 86th PGA Championship, which will be contested on the Dye-designed Straits Course at Whistling Straits.
'Pete Dye's lifetime devotion to golf, reflected in his renowned course design, has been an inspiration to all who cherish the game,' said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. 'Pete's skill and work ethic go beyond the boundaries of his courses. He has taken great care in adhering to environmentally sensitive issues, and through his career, has helped the game to grow. The PGA of America is very proud to present Pete with its PGA Distinguished Service Award.'
The Ohio native was versed in the golf business by his father, and together they maintained the Urbana Country Club while Dye was growing up.
Dye, along with his wife Alice, built his first course in 1959. Since then he has gone on to design such venues as Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
'I'm thrilled to death by this honor,' said Dye. 'It is very special to me. I have always loved golf, and have always been attracted to the agronomic end of the business. I have been so fortunate to have had a wife who shared my love of the game and the design business.'
The PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding Americans who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.