Jim Flick, golf instructor to PGA champions; at 82

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Jim Flick, a golf instructor for more than 50 years whose clients included Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus upon joining the Champions Tour, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at 82.

Mr. Flick taught golf in 23 countries. He wrote five books, the most recent one titled, ‘‘Jack Nicklaus, Simply the Best.’’

Nicklaus sought out Mr. Flick in 1990 to help with his game after his longtime coach, Jack Grout, had died. They cofounded the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools, which operated from 1991 to 2003.


A native of Bedford, Ind., Mr. Flick began playing golf at age 10.

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He attended Wake Forest on a basketball scholarship and roomed six months of his sophomore year with Arnold Palmer, who was a junior.

Mr. Flick turned pro after he graduated in 1952 and tried tournament golf until realizing his career was in teaching.

Mr. Flick was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame and the Southern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame in 2002.

Golf World magazine selected him as one of the top 10 teachers of the 20th century.