Considered the greatest amateur golfer in Arizona, Dr. Ed Updegraff passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Saddlebrooke, Arizona, north of Tucson.
Updegraff, originally from Iowa, moved to Tucson in 1951. He would go on to collect 27 consecutive club championships at Tucson Country Club and five Arizona Amateur titles. He played in six Masters Tournaments and was the captain of the 1975 Walker Cup team. In 1999 Updegraff was awarded the Bob Jones Award, considered the U.S. Golf Association’s highest honor.
Since 1990, the Arizona Golf Association has bestowed its highest honor, the Updegraff Award, upon those who, “by their actions, exemplify the Spirit of the Game.”