Former Stanford Golf Great Doug Clarke Passes Away

June 25, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Doug Clarke, a Stanford alum and one of the top amateur golfers ever to come out of San Diego County, passed away at age 50 last Thursday in San Diego. The cause of death was attributed to premature heart failure.

Clarke was named one of the top 10 junior phenoms of all time by Sports Illustrated in 2000, along with such players as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and Phil Mickelson. He was a two-time San Diego County Junior Golfer of the Year and the nation's No. 1 golf recruit from La Jolla High School when he received a scholarship to Stanford in 1977. He won the Southern California Golf Association amateur championship at the age of 18, won two Walker Cup matches at age 20 and played in the Masters in 1980.

He lettered at Stanford from 1978-80 and was a 1978 All-American.

In recent years, Clarke became a teaching pro, and resumed playing competitively.

Services will be June 30 at 2 p.m. at All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla. A celebration of life will follow at the La Jolla Golf Club.

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