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At Pine Valley, Ransome Was A King

Last week, the name rolling most frequently off the tongues of golfers at Pine Valley was likely that of George Arthur Crump, who was the primary designer of that esteemed layout and the person after whom the club’s annual invitational tournament is named. After all, the Crump Cup was being contested for the 89th time. And many of the finest amateur golfers in the land were there, to do battle on the course during the day and share food, wine and conversation at night. This year, however, equal mention was no doubt made of another famous Pine Valley persona, that of Ernest L. Ransome III. A former club president and green chairman, Ransome was an icon, for the power he held and the sage ways he wielded it. His role as head of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world as well as his management style also earned him tremendous respect in the greater golf world, as did
the ways he tirelessly promoted the sport. For many years, Ransome played in the Crump, and as Pine Valley president, he proudly presided over that four-day competition. Even after he relinquished the reins of leadership, he remained a regular and revered presence at the event. But Ransome was in another place this year. A better place, some would say, for he had passed away in early May, at the age of 86. Ransome was best known for the strong way he ran Pine Valley, as president from 1977 to 1988 and as the sole member of the Green Committee for two decades, and also for how he elevated the stature of an already celebrated retreat even higher.


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