Having only returned from Ireland yesterday, I was surprised and saddened to hear about the passing of Ken Trowbridge, a fascinating golf pro who worked in the Toronto area for his career. According to a post by Ian at Golfnewsnow.ca, Ken was admitted to hospital for a cancer treatment, but died from what sounds like a heart attack.
I ran into Ken regularly throughout the years and I know he was a regular reader of this blog. I spoke to one industry insider today who said Trowbridge was the ultimate ideas man.
“He always had a million ideas, though not all of them worked,” the source said. “But I far prefer guys like that to guys without ideas.”
Ken first approached me a couple of years back when I was working with IMG Sports and Mike Weir. He had an idea for a traveling teaching facility and wanted to connect with Weir. He thought I could help and I provided an introduction. Doubt the idea got anywhere — but Ken seemed to have dozens of them, so I’m sure he wasn’t bothered if it failed to fly.
Trowbridge was also partly responsible for the creation of Launch near Brampton, and in recent years had taken over running Grand Niagara, which remains in receivership. The last note we exchanged last year about Grand Niagara was full of enthusiasm for the course and what Ken thought he could do with it. He’d also asked me to take part in a panel discussion on the state of golf at last year’s Toronto Golf Show. It was an interesting idea, though I think it floundered, lost amidst those golfers searching for two-fers at the show.
He’ll be missed.