After a courageous battle with cancer, PGA Golf Professional Tex Kane of Wallingford, CT passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Born in Temple, Texas on July 26, 1945, Tex served in the U.S. Army National Guard stationed at Fort Sam Houston as a medic at the age of 21. He was an inspiration and support to many going into the golf profession, Tex was a big supporter of Junior Golf in Connecticut. His love for golf led him to devote his life to the promotion of the game.
Tex started his career as a golf professional at the age of 28 when he became the assistant pro at Clinton Country Club in Clinton. From there he became the assistant pro at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, until he became the Head Pro at Pilgrims Harbor now known as Tradition Golf Club in Wallingford, from 1975-1984. Tex then became a teaching pro at The New Haven Country Club. Tex also worked for the Sony Corporation as a Teaching Professional for the Sony In-House Golf Program. He traveled with the PGA Tour demonstrating swing analysis equipment and worked with renowned golf instructor Peter Kostis. Tex was the teaching pro at Hunter Memorial Golf Club from 1995-2003, during which time he was voted CT Golfer's Teaching Professional of the year in 1997. He became the head pro at Hunter in 2004, and worked there for the remainder of his life/career. Golf was a love and passion for Tex and he had numerous achievements during his career including three hole in ones, and a number of course records and tournament wins.
Tex touched so many lives, he is greatly missed by all that had knew him. His family started a scholarship fund following his passing, "The Tex Kane Scholarship Fund". Each year the "Tex Kane Memorial Golf Tournament" will be hosted at Hunter Golf Club in Meriden, CT. Scholarships will be presented at the annual tournament awards dinner. Scholarships will be presented to a High School senior that is actively participating on their High School Golf Team and meets the academic requirements. We know this is what Tex would have wished for. He was a great man, we intend to carry on this tradition in his name for many years to come!