Former OSU quarterback, Memorial Tournament chairman dies at age 92

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DUBLIN, Ohio – A former Ohio State University quarterback and the Memorial Tournament’s general chairman emeritus, Pandel Savic, has died at the age of 92.

Savic was born in Macedonia and came to the United States when he was nine years old.

He fought as a United States Marine during World War II.

At Ohio State, Savic was the quarterback when the Buckeyes won their first Rose Bowl in 1950.

Savic was one of the founding members of the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

He served as general chairman of the tournament for more than 30 years.

Jack Nicklaus released the following statement:

“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.”