Thomas Place '49

Grove Cityís Tom Place began his remarkable six-decade career in athletics as a multi-sport athlete at Grove City College from 1947 to 1949.

After playing three sports and graduating with a bachelorís degree in English, Place embarked on a career in which he worked as a sports journalist and as PGA Tour information director while also having the opportunity to golf and ski with a former U.S. president.

In addition he received numerous awards and saw his superlative career highlighted with the "Lifetime Achievement" Golf Journalism award at the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament in 2009.

After graduating from Grove City High School and serving a 16-month tour of duty in the Marine Corps, Tom followed his older brothers across town to Grove City College.  He earned three letters in track, two letters in football and played two years of varsity basketball, all under coach Jim Loveless.  Place received his bachelorís degree in 1949 and worked as a volunteer assistant football coach for the 1949 season.

Tom became a noted sports writer over the next 22 years with stops at Oil City, Cleveland and Pittsburgh before returning to Cleveland for a 10-year stint at the Plain Dealer.  He earned recognition as the outstanding ski writer for 1963-64 and served as president of the U.S. Ski Writers Association four years later.

For 20 years, beginning in 1972, he worked as Director of Information for the PGA Tour and directed media operations for more than 700 tournaments. He also spent five years working with the media from 32 countries for the World Cup of Golf.

Place lived and worked with the greatest golfers in the world in the golden era of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and others.

Tom received the collegeís Alumni Achievement Award in 1980.  More special memories involve 18 years on the Board of Directors for President Gerald Fordís Pro-Celebrity golf tournament and working as editorial director for the President Fordís golf magazine and the Jerry Ford Celebrity Ski Classic.