Canadian golf loses one of its own — golf journalist Norm Woods passes

I was saddened today to hear of the passing of Waterloo-area golf writer and editor Norm Woods, who died after a battle with cancer. Only recently Norm had sent out a note to his peers that his son Steve would run the family’s magazine, Golfscene, while he fought back against the disease. He was looking forward till the end:

On a more positive note, we have some interesting editorial / marketing ideas in the works for 2012. Our objective remains constant: to get ‘more golfers to play more golf.’ We will continue to focus on delivering quality content that is informative, entertaining and helpful to golfers.
Although it’s not possible right now for me to visit golf courses and or attend events, I would be pleased to chat with you at any time if you wish to say hello. My passion for the industry and the great people involved will never waiver!

I never wrote for Norm, but he did write a nice review of my last book. I always enjoyed chatting with him when I’d run into him at events. He was a hard working golf writer and covered his regional beat well.

I was pleased to have him as a peer — and hope the magazine continues on.

Here is Norm’s thoughts on running the magazine for the past decade. He’ll be missed.

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  • I got to know Norm quite well since opening our golf course almost 10 years ago … and it turned out the first person ever to subscribe to Golf Scene was my dad when thinking about opening a golf course.

    Norm was great for our industry … and for golfers. Always one to promote local events, news, and always, always available to chat.

    Norm will definitely be missed … but I know that Golf Scene will live on with Norm’s son Steve!

    Barry Forth … and everyone at Copetown Woods Golf Club

  • norm was a great guy who helped my son look for a scholarship through his program and also helped him on the kiwi golf tour. easy to talk to and always willing to help or give advice. thanks norm

  • Norm and his team built a great magazine and website at a time when other similar operations where shrinking or shutting theirs down. That is a testiment to the work he did and the kind of person he was.

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