Died: George H.W. Bush, the former U.S. president and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, on Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94 and had suffered in recent years from Parkinson’s disease. Bush, a World War II Navy pilot whose lifetime of public service was capped by his 1989-93 term as the nation’s 41st president, enjoyed a lifelong association with golf. His maternal grandfather, George Herbert Walker, and father, Prescott Bush, were former U.S. Golf Association presidents. George H.W. Bush was the original honorary chairman of The First Tee, in 1997, and held the role until 2011. Bush earned recognition from America’s top golf organizations: PGA of America’s Distinguished Service Award, in 1997; USGA’s Bob Jones Award, in 2008; PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2009; and the American Society of Golf Course Architects’ Donald Ross Award, in 2018. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the game was his commitment to pace of play. Bush and his oldest son, 43rd President George W. Bush, were renowned for their speedy rounds of golf, often 2½ hours or faster for 18 holes. Bush was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 for lifetime achievement. Bush’s casket will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol from late today until Wednesday morning, before a funeral at the National Cathedral. His remains will be interred Thursday next to those of his wife and daughter at the Bush presidential library at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
Died: Bob Spence, the first director of golf at prominent Chicago-area course Kemper Lakes, on Wednesday in Morriston, Fla. He was 82 and had endured a lengthy fight with cancer. Spence was in charge of Kemper Lakes when it opened in 1979. The hosted a variety of championships, most notably the 1989 PGA Championship and this year’s KPMG Women’s PGA. A PGA Tour player off and on for six years, Spence became a nationally-known instructor before turning toward golf course architecture. He worked with Davis Love III on several courses, most notably Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga. A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, Fla.
Announced: By Callaway Golf, that it will acquire Jack Wolfskin, an active-wear brand, for €418 million, or about $476 million. Jack Wolfskin, which is based in Idstein, Germany, specializes in outdoor apparel and footwear. The brand primarily has served the European and Asian markets. Callaway expects to close the sale in the first quarter of 2019.