Pandel Savic, the first player to quarterback Ohio State to a win in the Rose Bowl, died Tuesday morning in Columbus.
The Memorial Tournament, where he was general chairman emeritus, announced his passing at the age of 92.
A native of Macedonia, Savic traveled to the United States as a young boy and went on to lead one of the most all-American of lives.
After joining the Marines and fighting in the Pacific Theater in World War II, Savic enrolled at Ohio State.
He was a three-year letterman and threw for 581 yards and six touchdowns in 1949 when the Buckeyes went 7-1-2 and beat California 17-14 in the Rose Bowl after tying Michigan 7-7.
A neighbor and friend of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, Savic helped found The Memorial Tournament and Muirfield Golf Club.
“Pandel Savic was as good a friend as I have ever had,” Nicklaus said in a statement. “I have known Pandel since I was 6 years old, and until his passing this week, he had been a great friend, great supporter, and great family man.”