LPGA Rules Official Doug Brecht passed away on Friday night in Oklahoma City. Doug was a 22 year veteran on the LPGA Rules Team, and as such, he was known throughout the LPGA’s family of players, tournaments and sponsors. Additionally, Doug was well known and respected across all aspects of the golf industry – so his passing will literally be felt by the thousands of people he knew.
Below is a statement from Commissioner Mike Whan:
"I talked to Doug’s wife Stephanie, and she told me that Doug passed very peacefully, and with his family close-by.
I’m no expert on how to grieve, but this one has hit pretty hard. There are no words that can either ease the pain of losing a member of our family, or help to fully explain or understand his passing.
What I do know for certain is that Doug loved being a part of the LPGA family, and he told me – on numerous occasions – that he felt blessed to have a job that he loved so much.
Personally, there was a distinctive peacefulness that always seemed to accompany Doug. No doubt, he is in a place of peace now and he will always be remembered for his kind heart and many gifts."
Memorial services have not been finalized at this time. For now, the LPGA asks that you keep Doug's family in your thoughts. We have lost a wonderful man, one of our strongest ambassadors, and a proud member of the golf industry.