RIP Doug Brecht
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Brecht talking Cristie Kerr through a ruling

Longtime and beloved LPGA rules official Doug Brecht passed away last Friday after a three-month battle with the West Nile Virus. Brecht was 62.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Doug, but from what I’ve gleaned from the numerous tweets from LPGA players and others in the golf world, we lost a very special person. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement:

“I talked to Doug’s wife, Stephanie, and she told me that Doug passed very peacefully, and with his family close-by. I’m no expert on how to grieve, but this one has hit pretty hard. There are no words that can either ease the pain of losing a member of our family or help to fully explain or understand his passing.

“What I do know for certain is that Doug loved being a part of the LPGA family, and he told me – on numerous occasions – that he felt blessed to have a job that he loved so much.

“Personally, there was a distinctive peacefulness that always seemed to accompany Doug. No doubt, he is in a place of peace now and he will always be remembered for his kind heart and many gifts.”

Our thoughts and condolences to the Brecht family and the LPGA.

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