There was a familiar name on the range Tuesday at Crooked Stick Golf Club outside Indianapolis, site of this week’s BMW Championship – even if the man who answered to it was there only in spirit.
The Western Golf Association, which runs the third FedEx Cup playoff event, paid tribute to the late Gary Planos with a range placard bearing his moniker and an adjacent chair holding an empty WGA green blazer.
Planos, a PGA professional who worked at Kapalua and for many years was the de facto host of the PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions at the Maui resort, died suddenly in March. A Chicago-area native who attended college on a WGA Evans Scholarship and served a long tenure on the scholarship foundation’s board of directors, he was 62. Following his passing, a few of the PGA Tour players Planos befriended through the years referred to him as “Mr. Kapalua.”