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                     Alice and Pete Dye

Alice Dye 1927-2019

Wayside House is mourning the loss of a wonderful woman, who, with her husband, Pete, changed the face of golf forever. Alice Dye was not the woman behind her husband in designing some of the greatest golf courses, she was the woman beside him, often suggesting changes in design and getting it her way. She was referred to as “the First Lady of Golf.” Alice passed away on Friday, February 1.

Alice and Pete were great supporters of Wayside House, hosting the Alice & Pete Dye Golf and Bridge Invitational at St. Andrew’s Club each year. The funds raised through their efforts have had a huge impact on Wayside House’s ability to sustain outstanding services for women with addictions. Alice’s brother, Perry O’Neal, who preceded her in death, was also a long-time advocate and supporter of Wayside House. He served on the board for many years and as president for several and spent countless hours with the organization contributing of his time, talent and treasure to see that Wayside House continues its important work for many years to come. 

                Alice Dye and Perry O’Neal

“She was a very gracious woman and we appreciate all she’s done for us. We’re grateful to her and her family and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family,” said Lisa McWhorter, CEO of Wayside House.

Alice was involved in the game of golf most of her life. She is best known as a leader, a golf champion and the first female golf architect. She won her first golf championships in 1942 at age 15—the Indiana State Junior and the Woodstock Club Championship. At age 17, she took the train to Winter Park, FL to begin her college career at Rollins, where she not only was captain of the women’s golf team but also played on the men’s team, where she met Pete. She has won 50 Amateur Championships, including 9 State Championships in Indiana- 3 State Championships in Florida, 11 Indianapolis City Championships, The Woman’s North and South, The Indiana State Junior, The Jones/Doherty, The Gold Medal Golf Olympics, The Women’s Eastern, National Ladies Club Championship, 2 USGA Senior and 2 Canadian Senior Tournaments, as well as 5 Women’s Western Senior Tournaments, National Ladies Club Championship and played on the 1970 Curtis Cup Team. Alice also won a gold medal in golf at the Senior Olympics.

After graduating from Rollins, Alice joined Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance and became a member of the prestigious Women’s Quarter Million Dollar Roundtable.

As a leader in golf, Alice has served on the USGA Women’s Committee, Women’s Western Board, USGA Women’s Handicap Committee, LPGA Advisory Council, First Tee Advisory Committee, and 20/20 Steering Committee. She was the first female President of The American Society of Golf Course Architects and the first woman to serve as an Independent Director for the PGA.

Over the years, Alice has received numerous awards and honors.  Some of her golf awards include honors from The Indiana Hall of Fame, The Heritage of Indianapolis, The Red Coat of Fort Wayne, The Don Rossi Award for Lifetime Contributions to Golf,  The Sagamore of the Wabash Outstanding Citizen Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Rollins College, Woman of Distinction Women’s Western, First Lady of Golf – PGA, Ike Granger Award USGA, Captain of 1992 Women’s World Cup, Lily of France Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, Spirit of Golf Award, Indiana Pathfinder Award, Honorary Membership Indiana PGA,  the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and received the top award The Donald Ross Award.  Alice was instrumental in helping develop the Indiana First Tee program which is dedicated to bring people of all racial, social and financial backgrounds into golf.

As an architect, Alice joined with her husband, Pete, in the design and construction of their first course, El Dorado (Royal Oak), now called Dye’s Walk, in Indianapolis. She continued as a co-designer for such famous courses as P.G.A. West in La Quinta, CA.; The Ocean Course in Kiawah, SC; Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, SC; Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN; Teeth of The Dog in La Romana, Dominican Republic; and Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, SC. One of her most notable designs is the famous #17 Island Hole at Tournament Players Course in Florida.

Alice developed the Two Tee system for women’s tees and has been a genuine crusader.  She paved the way for women to play on courses that are more manageable and women-friendly. 

Alice and Mark Shaw wrote From Birdies to Bunkers chronicling her life. She quoted Gay Chuba Berry “Every time a woman is empowered to succeed, that success is likely to reproduce itself in the lives of other women.”