Masters 2014 -- Absent Friends

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Kathryn Murphy -- Died April 14
Kathryn Emma Murphy was executive secretary for five Augusta National and Masters chairmen, including club co-founder Clifford Roberts,
Murphy, who devoted her life to Augusta National Golf Club, died last year on the night of the tournament's final round.
“She did it her way,” daughter Billie Murphy posted on Facebook. “She loved the Masters so much…. Waited until after the Aussie won."
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Pat Sum­merall -- Died April 16
In addition to his 25 Masters appearances in the CBS booth, Summerall also was a friend to the tournament and Augusta National Golf Club.
In recent years, he was listed on the tournament’s committee assignments list as part of the special assignments group.
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Ken Venturi -- Died May 17
Venturi died 11 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Known in recent years for his golf broadcasts, he was one of golf's top competitors in the 1950s and '60s.
As an amateur, he was the 54-hole leader in the 1956 Masters Tournament until closing with 80, and he was runner-up at Augusta National in 1960 to Arnold Palmer, who birdied the last two holes.
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Al Ludwick -- Died May 22
Ludwick, a longtime sports editor of The Augusta Chronicle and Augusta Herald, was an integral part of the newspaper's coverage for decades until his retirement in 1991.
He is also credited with giving Greg Norman his "Great White Shark" nickname.
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Miller Barber -- Died June 11
Miller Barber, the unique-swinging golfer who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours, died at 82.
Nicknamed “Mr. X,” he played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and 50-and-over circuit. He won 11 times in 694 PGA Tour starts and added 24 victories in 603 events on the Champions Tour.
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Frank Stranahan -- Died June 23
Stranahan was known for his fitness regimen and for his frequent run-ins with Masters founder Clifford Roberts.
He played in 12 Masters tournaments and tied for second place in 1947.
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William Campbell -- Died Aug. 30
Campbell was the first golfer to serve as president of the U.S. Golf Association and captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
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Lowrey Stulb -- Died Jan. 8
Stulb, 96, was the Augusta architect responsible for designing the Eisenhower Cabin and the Sarazen Bridge.

He actually took part in the first Masters, serving as a gallery guard in 1934.
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Jack Fleck -- Died March 21
Fleck, who produced one of golf's greatest upsets by beating Ben Hogan in a playoff to win the 1955 U.S. Open, died at 92.
Hogan appeared to be on his way to a record fifth U.S. Open title in 1955, closing with a 70 to finish at 7-over 287. He already was being congratulated by players who figured no one could catch him.
But Fleck, an Iowa club pro in his first year on the PGA Tour, made two birdies over the final four holes for a 67 to force a playoff. He shot 69 to beat Hogan by three shots.
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Frank Hannigan -- Died March 22
Former executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, Hannigan was also a rules expert for ABC Sports and later wrote columns for Golf Digest. He said one of his proudest achievements was bringing the U.S. Open back to Shinnecock Hills in 1986.

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Many who have left both their mark and warm memories on both golf and the Masters Tournament over the years will be missed at this year's tournament.

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