Former Ohio State Quarterback And Memorial Tournament Chairman Pandel Savic Passes

Former Ohio State Quarterback And Memorial Tournament Chairman Pandel Savic Passes

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Former Ohio State Quarterback And Memorial Tournament Chairman Pandel Savic Passes


Pandel Savic, former Ohio State quarterback and one of the founding fathers of the Memorial Tournament has passed away.


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Former Ohio State Quarterback And Memorial Tournament Chairman Pandel Savic Passes

We’ve lost yet another icon in the Buckeye family.

According to a release from The Memorial Tournament, former chairman and emeritus Pandel Savic has passed away at the age of 92.

Savic came to the United States from Macedonia at age nine, and spent time as a Marine in World War II, before eventually attended The Ohio State University. There he was a two-year starter for Wes Fesler, playing quarterback for the Buckeyes and winning the program’s first Rose Bowl in 1950.

He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

But he is probably more well known for his ties to the Memorial Tournament. Savic became good friends with Jack Nicklaus when the two were neighbors in Upper Arlington. The two eventually found land and built Muirfield Village Golf Club into what it is today, eventually starting The Memorial Tournament where he was the chairman for thirty years.

Reactions to his passing came from some prominent people in the Columbus sports community. Urban Meyer took to Twitter to remember the former Buckeye.

Likewise, the great Jack Nicklaus took some time to release the following statement about his good friend and partner.

Pandel Savic was as good a friend as I have ever had.

I have known Pandel since I was 6 years old, and until his passing this week, he had been a great friend, great supporter, and great family man. He helped to found Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament. We partnered in a number of golf tournaments, and spent a lot of quality time together and shared countless laughs through the years. Pandel was general chairman of the Memorial Tournament for parts of four decades, and he helped build the foundation of the Memorial, and the Tournament we all enjoy and are proud of today.

He came to this country, by himself, as a 9-year-old immigrant from Macedonia, to join his father in Northern Ohio. A proud American, Pandel fought for our country at the age of 18 in the South Pacific. He then went on to Ohio State, and I vividly recall watching him play football when he quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first-ever Rose Bowl victory in 1950. I was proud to be by his side when he was deservedly inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame.

Barbara and I, and he and his wife Janice, lived across the street from each other when we got married, and all our kids grew up together. He was a mentor to my kids, as well as to me. They all looked forward to their fireside chats with Pandel, or as they called him, “Big ‘Un.” I affectionately called him ‘Mack.’ He’s just one great guy. Our hearts hurt today over the loss of Mack.”

His grandson Hartley Lewis also released a pretty cool picture of Savic in action against TTUN.

Memorial services are still pending, but rest in peace Pavel.

 

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