Course architect Wogan dies at 91

Blessed with rich golf bloodlines that included a connection to the legendary Donald Ross, Philip A. Wogan surprised no one by making the game his career.

In 1957, Wogan succeeded his father, Eugene “Skip” Wogan, as superintendent and tournament director at Essex County Club in Manchester, Mass., site of this year’s Curtis Cup. Phil Wogan left in 1985 to pursue another passion: golf-course architecture.

When he died Jan. 15 at age 91 at a hospice in Danvers, Mass., Wogan had designed some 40 courses throughout New England.

Wogan’s father, credited with having founded the New England PGA, had succeeded Ross at Essex, and the son talked often of his meetings with the legendary architect. Wogan was widely praised in golf for designing “player-friendly” courses, the majority of which are daily-fee.

An Army veteran of World War II, Wogan received the Bronze Star for service at the Battle of the Bulge.

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