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Dwayne Netland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dwayne Netland, 77, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Tuesday at Hospice of the Valley.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 22 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to the charity of the donor's choice or to the Journalism School Sports Internship Fund in memory of Dwayne Netland at the University of Minnesota Foundation, Box 70870, C-M-3854, St. Paul, Minn. 55170-3854.

He was born in Willmar to Clarence and Ethel (Forsberg) Netland. He graduated from Willmar High School and the University of Minnesota. His career as a sports writer began at newspapers in Austin, Minn., and Madison, Wis., before joining the Minneapolis Tribune from 1956 to 1974, where he covered professional football, baseball and hockey and was golf editor. In 1974, he joined Golf Digest magazine in Connecticut. He became senior editor and, for 23 years, covered golf tournaments in Japan, Scotland, England and North America, including numerous U.S. Open and 18 Masters tournaments. He also authored sports books, including "The Crosby: Greatest Show in Golf" with Bing Crosby and "Bob Hope's Confessions of a Hooker" with Bob Hope, that was a New York Times bestseller for 21 weeks.

He is survived by his wife: Joanne; a son: Peter Netland of New Market; and a brother: Bruce Netland of Duluth.

He was preceded in death by his first wife: Mavis.