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George H.W. Bush
BIRTHPLACE: Milton, Mass.
An avid golfer, the 41st president of the United States is said to have once played a round at his home course, Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, Maine, in one hour and 24 minutes. Bush served as the honorary chairman of The First Tee from 1997 until earlier this year, at which time he moved to an emeritus role. According to The First Tee, during Bush's tenure more than 4.7 million youngsters were helped through the organization's various programs.
DIED: March 4, 2011, at age 84
The father of televised golf ruled with an iron fist and, in rare moments, a teddy bear's touch. He served as executive director and director for CBS's coverage of the Masters for 38 consecutive years, elevating the year's first major championship into one of sports' most enduring rituals of spring. Nicknamed the Ayatollah, Chirkinian (MY SHOT, page 64) is noted for innovations that are now staples of televised golf—from listing players' scores in relation to par to placing microphones on tee boxes.