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Richard C. Meckley, Cleveland Golf's first Tour representative, died of cancer June 28 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 81.
The former minor league baseball announcer entered the golf equipment business late in his career, when at age 64 in 1983, he was hired by Roger Cleveland to serve as the company's first rep on the PGA Tour. Meckley, who worked 10 years at Cleveland, received from players the nickname - Lo Tec Meck - for his love of persimmon woods.
After leaving Cleveland Golf, Meckley worked as a Tour rep for Ben Hogan Golf Co. and Wood Bros. Golf Co. He retired in 1996. Meckley's post-retirement years were spent mowing the greens at the TPC at Sawgrass and serving as administrative consultant to superintendent Fred Klauk. In 1980, he became one of 30 founding members of the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Meckley's first foray into golf occurred in 1970, when he began assisting with announcing and producing at Tour Golf Radio Network, based in New York, including some PGA Tour events.
Born April 27, 1919, in Elizabethtown, Pa., Meckley was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After working as a civilian comptroller for five years at Fort Rucker, Ala., he began working in radio, hosting a call-in show in Dothan, Ala., and becoming the voice of the Dothan Cardinals minor league baseball team. In the late 1950s, he refereed high school football and basketball throughout the Wiregrass, Ala., area.
In the 1960s Meckley announced local sporting events in Dothan, Ala. He also hosted a baseball show on Channel 4 TV.
From 1976-83 Meckley served as national account manager for AAA Cooper Transportation, based in Dothan.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dick Meckley 17th Green Golf Fund: Attention Bob Whiddon, SouthTrust Bank, P.O. Box 809, Dothan, Ala. Funds will be used to provide scholarships for the cart crew, wait staff and maintenance staff at the TPC at Sawgrass.
Survivors include his wife Ginny Meckley, Jacksonville, Fla.; son Shannon Meckley and his wife Marcia, Carbondale, Colo.; son David Meckley, Dothan, Ala.; a step-daughter, Stevie Scott, Charlotte, N.C.; sister Anna Mae Coble, Elizabethtown, Pa.; and grandson, Ben Meckley, Carbondale, Colo.
A memorial service was will be held July 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the TPC at Sawgrass.