Report: S.C. pro Terry Florence dies at 63
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Charleston, S.C., PGA professional Terry Florence died Monday after fighting cancer at age 63, the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier reported.
Florence was named to the PGA Carolinas Hall of Fame in 2008, having built a teaching career at lowcountry courses including Wild Dunes.
PGA Tour golfer Tommy Gainey paid tribute to the man he called a "mentor" Tuesday on Twitter:
R.I.P. Terry Florence you were a great golfer, friend, and mentor to anyone that he came in contact with. #inspiration -- Tommy Gainey (@TwoGlovesGolf)
First becoming a PGA pro in 1978, Florence spent 23 years at the Wild Dunes resort, according to the PGA Carolinas Section website. Most recently, Florence had taught at Bulls Bay GC.
An All-American at Gardner Webb, Florence's competitive accomplishments also include two South Carolina Open victories, the PGA Carolinas site said, as well as qualifying for 16 PGA Professional National Championships, four PGA Championships, two Senior PGA Championships and a U.S. Senior Open.
Tweeted country music singer Darius Rucker:
God got a great friend and a better man to play golf with today. Terry Florence you are loved and will be missed. Thank u for being you. -- Darius Rucker (@Darius Rucker)
Added pro golfer Tommy Biershenk:
@dariusrucker @Rickey_Sullivan.The golfing world will miss a true mentor, friend, and hall of fame inductee.RIP Terry Florence! #inspiration -- Tommy Biershenk (@Tommy_Biershenk)
Clemson golfer Stephen Behr also mourned Florence's death:
The world lost a good man today in Terry Florence. A mentor to my dad and a true inspiration to many. #prayers -- Stephen Behr (@SBehrJr)
Florence earned numerous awards for his work as a PGA pro, according to the PGA Carolinas website, served on several boards and worked on charity events and other volunteer efforts.