Golfers work their way down the first fairway during the second round of the Tucson Conquistadores Classic at the Omni Tucson National Resort on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

Chicago construction businessman Bill Nanini built the first luxury golf resort with the idea it would become host of the PGA Tour’s Tucson Open. It did, for more than 30 years, as a first-class resort attracted unprecedented live coverage on NBC. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.