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Missoula Country Club remembers golf legend

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Jun 12 2013 05:00:03 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 06:40:16 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Missoula Country Club flew its flag at half-staff Wednesday, to honor golf great Miller Barber.

The 82-year-old passed away at his home in Arizona Tuesday evening. Friends and family say his legacy will live on.

Missoula County Club Golf Professional Skip Koprivica showed NBC Montana around the club’s Miller Barber room. The walls are lined with pictures and trophies, all donated by Barber.

“People can cherish some of the memories by coming up and seeing Miller's memorabilia,” said Koprivica.

All things that commemorate a live well lived. Barber’s successful career started in the 1960s and 70s. And he played among some golf greats.

“You can see Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer,” said Koprivica as he looked at a Ryder Cup team photo from 1971.

While Barber grew up out-of-state and spent years on golf tours, he had a home in western Montana near Rock Creek. Barber spent time on the Missoula County Club course as an honorary member.

Koprivica notes Barber also hosted the Miller Barber Montana Pro-Am -- a tournament that not only gave Montanans a chance to interact with professional golfers, but raised money for the University of Montana.

Koprivica said it’s clear it is more than Barber’s list of golf accomplishments that make him a legend.

Through his career Barber had 11 PGA Tour victories, 24 Senior Tour victories and he’s the only player with three Senior U.S. Open Victories and five Senior Major Victories.