DuPre, acclaimed S.C. amateur, dies at 57

COLUMBIA, S.C. – David DuPre, one of the most accomplished South Carolina amateurs in recent decades, died March 6, according to The State newspaper. He was 57 and had suffered from leukemia.

DuPre won four State Amateur titles, seven other South Carolina Golf Association championships and played in the 1982 U.S. Open. He was an eight-time Columbia Country Club champion and earned four letters in the 1970s at the University of South Carolina. DuPre was a member of the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame.

“The Gamecock athletic family has certainly lost one of its finest,” Puggy Blackmon, the University of South Carolina’s director of golf, said in a statement. “David was not only a fine player but also a great ambassador for Carolina golf.”

Frank Ford III, a champion amateur in the Palmetto State and a 2003 Golfweek “Local Legend,” recalled DuPre not only as “a great player with great talent’’ during an interview with The State, but also “a class act in the truest sense.”

Chip Prezioso, a regular fourball partner with DuPre, told The State that, were it not for DuPre’s chronically troublesome back, “there’s no telling what he could have done, if he had been healthy.”

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church in Columbia, according to DuPre’s obituary in The State. The family asks that memorials be made to the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, P.O. Box 286, Irmo, SC, 29063.

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