September 17, 1963 - October 21, 2013
Todd Welden, 50, of Pawleys Island passed away at home on October 21, 2013 after a brief, but hard-fought, battle with cancer. His wife, Cam, was at his side. Welden was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa on September 17, 1963. He graduated Iowa Falls High School in 1982, and subsequently attended the University of Iowa. He is preceded in death by grandparents Dick and Ruth Welden and Laurence and Marie Ricke, and by his sister, Kathy McFadden. One of eight children, he is survived by his parents Jerry and Ramona Welden and siblings: Wayne (Steph Hill) Welden, Ricke(Julie) Welden, Ruth (Don) Kloetzer, Chris Welden, Sue (Doug) Minard, Anne(Mike) Wiarda, Katie (Doug) Haverkamp, Jenni (Mike)Hummel, Mike (Kristin) Cranston, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
After several formative jobs in the golf industry, beginning as an assistant golf professional at Pawleys Plantation from 1989 to 1993, Todd was named Head Golf Professional at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. He began in August of 1993, before the Club opened to the public in 1994, and excelled in that position until his death twenty years later. He became Director of Golf and had a gift of hiring talented people. In addition to being an avid golfer and surfer, Todd loved motorcycles. He was a zealous New Orleans Saints and Iowa Hawkeyes football fan. He introduced Cam to cycling, and they enjoyed travelling to Colorado, Costa Rica and anywhere else there was excuse to be near the ocean.
Family, friends and colleagues will remember Todd for his ready smile, sense of humor and uplifting disposition. Those fortunate to know him speak of his love for children and animals and … at least one daily stop at Starbuck's. Todd was generous. With no credit to cancer, he died with only one kidney. In 2010, after noticing a billboard encouraging organ donation, he decided to donate a kidney simply because he wanted to "give back." Welden had no idea who would receive his gift, although he and the recipient became friends following the successful transplant.
This is an example of "who he was," said John Springs, a close colleague and the Club's General Manager. "That's one of the most noble things I've ever heard of anyone doing."
In his life and career, Todd contributed much and was recognized for excellence. He served on the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Board for at least two terms. He has been a respected member of the PGA of America since 1993. In 2005, he was given the distinguished honor as the Carolinas Section Merchandiser of the Year; he was nominated again this year for Merchandiser of the Year although the winner has not yet been announced. He was currently serving on the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association, and was President of his community property owners' association board.
Eddie Dennis, golf pro at Arrowhead Golf Course and Todd's best friend of nearly thirty years, says this: "What everyone who knew him will miss most is his sense of humor. Todd never failed to make me and everyone around him laugh. He was so generous, with his time and resources. He was quick to care for animals and anyone in need … The best way to sum up Todd is he was simply and perfectly a great guy we will miss every day of our lives."
At Todd's request the family is grateful for donations made in his honor to the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston, 843-724-7957; www.rmhcharleston.org or Saint Frances Animal Center in Georgetown, 843-546-0780; www.sfanimals.org.
A celebration of life service for Todd Welden will be held at 5PM on Thursday, October 24 at the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. Burial services will be private.
Published in The Sun News on Oct. 24, 2013