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compiled by Farrell Evans
December 12, 2005
Herbert Gustavus (Max) Faulkner, 88 One of the best-dressed major champions in golf history, Faulkner died on Feb. 16 after suffering a heart attack. Born on July 29, 1916, in Bexhill, England, Faulkner wore canary-colored trousers and matching shoes on the day he won the 1951 British Open at Royal Portrush--one of his 16 pro victories.
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December 12, 2005

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Herbert Gustavus (Max) Faulkner, 88 One of the best-dressed major champions in golf history, Faulkner died on Feb. 16 after suffering a heart attack. Born on July 29, 1916, in Bexhill, England, Faulkner wore canary-colored trousers and matching shoes on the day he won the 1951 British Open at Royal Portrush--one of his 16 pro victories.

Herbert Warren Wind, 88 An Ivy League ( Yale) intellectual with a master's degree from Cambridge, Wind, who died on May 30 of pneumonia, was perhaps the most literary-minded person to report on golf. Born on Aug. 11, 1916, in Brockton, Mass., Wind covered the game for The New Yorker (1948--53 and 1960--90) and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (1954--1960). Wind, who coined the term Amen Corner in 1958 to describe the 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta National, also co-authored the classic instruction book Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf with Ben Hogan in 1957.

Hy Peskin, 89 Most of the golf photographs that appeared in SI in the 1950s were taken by Peskin, who died on June 2 of kidney disease. His panorama of Ben Hogan hitting a one-iron to the 18th green at Merion during the final round of the '50 U.S. Open is one of the most famous golf photos ever taken. Peskin, who was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 15, 1915, shot 40 SI covers during his 45 years as a contributor to the magazine.

Harry Watkey Easterly Jr., 82 One of the game's great traditionalists, Easterly, who served as president (1976--77) and executive director (1980--84) of the U.S. Golf Association, was instrumental in bringing together golf's two governing bodies, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the USGA, to create a uniform set of rules. He died of cancer on June 16. Easterly was born on Aug. 31, 1922, in Richmond, Va.

Jackson T. Stephens, 81 Known in his home state of Arkansas principally as a financier and a philanthropist, Stephens, who died on July 23 of cancer, is best known in golf circles as the fourth chairman of Augusta National (1991--98).

Chris Schenkel, 82 A television and radio play-by-play announcer for five decades, Schenkel, who died on Sept. 11 of emphysema, was the lead announcer for the first telecast of the Masters, by ABC in 1956. Schenkel was born in Bippus, Ind., on Aug. 21, 1923.

George Archer, 65 The 1969 Masters champion won 12 PGA Tour and 19 Champions tour titles during a 40-year pro career. Archer died on Sept. 25 of Burkitt's lymphoma. Born on Oct. 1, 1939, in San Francisco, the 6'51/2" Archer shot a seven-under 281 to beat Billy Casper, George Knudson and Tom Weiskopf by a stroke at Augusta.

Angelo Argea, 75 The first celebrity caddie, the silver-haired Argea worked for Jack Nicklaus from 1963 through 1982. Argea died of liver cancer on Oct. 10. Born on Nov. 27, 1929, in Greece, Argea was a cab driver in Las Vegas before trying his hand at caddying. First hooking up with Nicklaus at the 1963 Palm Springs Classic, Argea was on the bag for more than 40 of the Golden Bear's 73 Tour wins.

Charles Yates, 92 A fixture at the Masters for 70 years, Yates as a boy shagged balls for Bobby Jones at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He died on Oct. 10. Born on Sept. 9, 1913, in Atlanta, Yates was, after Jones, the most accomplished amateur in Georgia history, winning the 1931 and '32 Georgia Amateur, the '34 NCAA championship while at Georgia Tech, the '35 Western Amateur and the '38 British Amateur.

Mike Austin, 95 At age 64, during the 1974 U.S. National Senior Open, Austin hit the longest drive (515 yards on a 450-yard par-4 in Las Vegas) ever in a pro tournament. He died on Nov. 22. Born in February 1910 on the Island of Guernsey, a small British Channel Island 20 miles off the French coast, Austin was trained as a kinesiologist at Georgia Tech. He developed a swing concept he called supple quickness, generating clubhead speed by relaxing the muscles.

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