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December 10, 2007
Buddy Allin
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Buddy Allin

Allin (left) served an 18-month tour of duty as an artillery officer in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star and an Air Medal. In 1971 he made it to the PGA Tour and won five times in his first six years. At 72, on March 10.

Gay Brewer

Brewer joined the PGA Tour in 1956, won his first title in 1961 and finished his Tour career with 11 victories. His biggest win was the 1967 Masters, at which he edged Bobby Nichols by a shot. At 75, on Aug. 31.

Kelly Jo Dowd

In the spring of 2006 Dowd (far right), who was battling cancer, fulfilled her dream of seeing her golf-prodigy daughter, Dakoda, play in an LPGA event. Dakoda, then 13, received an exemption into the Ginn Open near Orlando shortly before her mother was told that she had only months to live. At 42, on May 24.

Ruth Jessen

Known for her four-foot-wide putting stance, Jessen won 11 LPGA events in three decades. Her best season was in 1964, when she won five times. At 70, on Sept. 21.

Joe Jimenez

During a career as a club pro, including a 27-year stint as the head pro at Jefferson City (Mo.) Country Club, Jimenez won the 1978 PGA Seniors Championship and then qualified for the Champions tour at age 55. At 81, on Aug. 11.

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