Originally created 01/16/04

Harold Sanderson, oldest PGA member, dies at 100



NEW YORK -- Harold Sanderson, the oldest member of the PGA and the organization's second-longest serving member behind Gene Sarazen, has died at 100.

Sanderson died Dec. 31, 2003, at the Roanoke United Methodist Home in Virginia, the PGA said on its Web site.

Sanderson was a member of the Professional Golfers Association for 77 years, second to Sarazen, who passed away in 1999 after 78 years of service.

Born in Walton-on-Thames, England, Sanderson came to the United States in 1920 and was a club pro in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey for nearly half a century before retiring in 1967 from the Canoe Brook club in Summit, N.J.

He was also a touring pro briefly in the l920s before the PGA Tour was organized. His best finish in a major was a 49th in the 1932 U.S. Open, won by Sarazen.

Sanderson is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was buried in Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge, N.J.