It was never quiet around GNN in its early years when Ted Maude would have an opinion on just about every topic in the golf industry that ever came up.
A regular contributor to the Comments section and one who would add to his thoughts via e-mail or phone calls, he had been quiet the past few years due to health problems. The industry lost a character on Sunday when Ted died at the age of 70 after a long illness.
His opinions were not limited to issues within the golf industry as he took great pride in friends and relatives who succeeded such as longtime Kent State coach Herb Page and his brother-in-law John Henrick, both now members of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
They were among the names that Maude loved to jaw about and the old times that made his era so special to him, just the way we all revel in the game, and Ted did have a colourful history within the game as an entrepreneur.
He was a director of golf at South Ocean Beach Golf Resort in the Bahamas and played professionally during the summers in Canada in the ‘70s. He also toured with the “Swing’s the Thing” golf tour and ran a company that would arrange management for companies in ownership transition.
Along the way, he picked up some strong opinions that he didn’t mind voicing on a regular basis, a voice that’s been missed these last few years and certainly one that will be continue to be missed now that he’s gone.
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