Dr. Phil Hughes, a
prime mover in the establishment of the Miami Valley Golf Association, died on
March 16 at a hospital in Hilton Head Island, S.C. He was 80.
Dr. Hughes, a
native of South Orange, N.J., was a graduate of Princeton University. He came
to Dayton in 1965 to practice ophthalmology after serving four years in the
U.S. Navy Medical Corps.
Hughes, who had key
relationships within national golf organizations, used those contacts to
solicit funds for the MVGA when it was in its infancy. After retiring in 1996,
he served as president of the fledgling MVGA for six years. He was inducted in
the Dayton Amateur Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.
Dr. Hughes was a
longtime member of Dayton Country Club, carrying a 3 handicap at one time, and
won the DCC club championship in 1971. He also was a member of the renowned
Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon, N.J., and was proud of having once defeated
the decorated amateur Billy Joe Patton in a match.
He was also a
director of the Western Golf Association and a strong supporter of its Par
Club, which supports the Evans Scholarship Program.
Dr. Hughes and his
wife, Marian “Miki” Hughes, moved to Hilton Head many years ago and belong to
the Belfair Country Club.
Services for Dr.
Hughes are to be held in Hilton Head on Friday, March 22. The Island Funeral
Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements. A celebration of his life
will be held at Dayton Country Club later in the spring.