Pandel Savic, led OSU to first Rose Bowl win and founding member of Muirfield, dies at 92

Pandel Savic, one of the patriarchs of major sports in Central Ohio who served multiple capacities over several decades, has died at 92. (File photo: WSYX/WTTE)

DUBLIN, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- One of the patriarchs of major sports in Central Ohio, who served multiple capacities over several decades, has died at 92.

Pandel Savic, the QB who led Ohio State to its first Rose Bowl win in 1950, passed away, according to officials at Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament. Savic was one of the club's founding members and served as general chairman of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide for more than 30 years as the event became one of the premier stops on the PGA Tour.

The Macedonian immigrant came to the U.S. by himself in 1934 at the age of nine to join his father, who settled in Northern Ohio. When he turned 18 in 1943, he fought in the South Pacific as a member of the Marines.

“Pandel Savic was as good a friend as I have ever had," said Memorial Tournament Founder and Host, Jack Nicklaus. "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."

Savic was also inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame in 2009.

Memorial services have yet to be announced.

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