Like everybody else, I was shocked to hear about the passing of Ken Trowbridge earlier this week.
I just call Ken a true professional. I had the honour of sitting on a couple of panels with him, speaking at conferences. When you spend time at a conference or on a panel with somebody, you get talking about views on life and I’ll tell you one thing. He loved the Canadian PGA.
Ken may have been opinionated. He may not have agreed with what the association has done over the years, or something the golf course owners had done, but I don’t think you would find many pros who loved the business as much as Ken.
Of course, he was well-known in the media. He and I got into a few conversations because a lot of his columns were very controversial. After reading a few, I’d see him a couple of weeks later and we would get into a lively discussion.
He was always thinking outside the box. He was a great player in his day and a great administrator, but first and foremost, he loved his profession.
Controversy isn’t a bad thing and Ken’s columns were always for the betterment of the game and the Canadian PGA. It was never for personal gain and that’s one thing I appreciate about him – he was always doing it to grow the game and grow the profession.
It’s like he was keeping the business of golf accountable. Just because we do something for 50 years, it doesn’t mean that it’s right in this day and age and Ken had some different ideas.
We can all take something from Ken Trowbridge – if you have a great idea, never be afraid to speak your mind, even if others disagree.