May 17, 2003
Warren Walter Orlick
Golf Professional – 50 years
Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) President (1971 – 1972)
Warren Orlick was born in Detroit, Michigan and began has golf career at the age of eight by caddying at the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club. He advanced to assistant professional and in 1940 became the head professional at Monroe (Michigan) Golf and Country Club. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and upon his release returned to his duties. From 1953 until his retirement in 1981 he served as the professional at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, MI. In 1955 he was named the first chairman of the PGA Rules of Golf Committee and was nicknamed “Mr. Rules” for his vast knowledge of the PGA rulebook. He would serve on the Rules Committee for each of Golf’s four major tournaments for the next three decades. In 1956 and 1960 he was named the Michigan Golf Professional of the Year and in 1960 was named the PGA Pro Golfer of the Year. Orlick was named PGA President from 1971 to 1972. Walter Orlick was inducted into the Michigan PGA Golf Hall of Fame in 2011, the PGA Golf Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. He passed away on May 17, 2003 at 90 years of age.