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Statement from Jim Richerson, PGA on the Passing of Lonnie Nielsen, PGA

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"The PGA of America is deeply saddened by the passing of three-time PGA Professional Player of the Year Lonnie Nielsen, who left an indelible mark upon his peers while competing at the highest level and with countless amateurs he inspired in the Western New York PGA Section," said PGA President Jim Richerson. "But perhaps Lonnie's greatest gift was his humble approach to success and being a premier ambassador for the game of golf. We send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Mary Jo, and family."