Industry Loses an Icon

Jaime Ortiz-Patino dies

One of the golf industry's greatest icons, Jaime Ortiz-Patino, died Jan. 3 in Marbella, Spain, at the age of 82. Patino was the owner and honorary president at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande Andalucia, Spain.

"Jimmy" Patino received the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's Old Tom Morris Award in 1999.

On his Facebook page, Ken Mangum, director of golf courses and grounds at the Atlanta Athletic Club and a good friend to Patino, wrote:

"Golf lost one of its finest in Jimmy Patino. He was a great friend and traveling partner the last 12 years. We went to almost every Major and Ryder Cup. He loved golf and the people in golf. . I am fortunate to have had him as a friend."