Jim Ferree, who played golf at the University of North Carolina nearly 70 years ago and went on to play on the PGA and Senior PGA Tours, died Tuesday at the age of 92.
The Pinebluff, N.C., native played for the Tar Heels from 1951-53, winning the Southern Conference championship in 1953. He was a member of the PGA Tour from 1956-66, finished 17th in the 1957 U.S. Open and won the 1958 Vancouver Centennial. As a senior, he won the 1986 Greater Grand Rapids Open and 1991 Bell Atlantic Classic.
His swing inspired the design on the logo for the Senior PGA Tour.
“Jim Ferree was an amazing person, golfer, teacher and Tar Heel,” says UNC head men’s golf coach Andrew DiBitetto. “He was incredibly kind, sharp, witty and charismatic, and brought so much joy and laughter to others. He was special and will be missed deeply. Carolina Golf sends our thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family and friends.”
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