Quinton Florence

Quinton Florence CHARLESTON - Quinton Terry Florence, 63, beloved husband, father, friend and mentor to many in the golf community, died peacefully on Monday, March 4, 2013, after courageously fighting cancer for nearly six years. Born March 24, 1949, he was the son of Quinton Florence, Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina and the late Martha Anne Townsend Florence. Husband of Hope, and father to Margaret Anne and John, Terry described his first love and biggest accomplishment as his wife and children. But his second love was the game of golf. Terry's contributions to golf include over 40 years as a player, teacher, and mentor. Terry was a two-time South Carolina Open champion and four-time South Carolina PGA champion. He played in four PGA Championships, three Senior PGA Championships, and two U.S. Senior Opens. Terry represented the United States in the 1980 and 1984 PGA Cup Matches, which is the club professional's version of the Ryder Cup. Terry also served as an assistant pro at Charleston Municipal from 1976 to 1980, as the first Director of Golf at Wild Dunes from 1980 to 2000, and in the same capacity at Bulls Bay Golf Club from 2002 until his death. For his numerous accomplishments in and contributions to the game of golf, Terry was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 2005, the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Gardner-Webb Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Born in Charleston, Terry's family moved to the Charlotte area when he was very young, where, at the age of 11, he took up the game of golf, winning several junior championships in his teens. The Florence family moved to Connecticut in 1965, and Terry graduated from New Canaan High School in 1967. Following graduation, Terry enrolled in the College of Charleston, where he played golf and basketball. In the fall of 1967, Terry met his wife Hope at the corner of Glebe and George Streets. The very spot where Terry met Hope is marked by an engraved brick that was laid in the sidewalk on August 19, 2012 - their 40th wedding anniversary. Terry transferred to Gardner-Webb College in Boiling Springs, N.C. his sophomore year, where, as a senior, he won 1st Team NAIA All-American Honors. Following graduation, Terry and Hope married and moved to Charlotte. In 1973, he and Hope traveled across the country so that Terry could play on the mini-tours. In 1974, Terry missed qualifying for the PGA Tour by one stroke, so Terry and Hope returned to Charleston. In 1976, Terry was hired as an assistant pro at Charleston Municipal, where he learned the golf business under head pro Al Esposito and how to teach golf from former Masters champion Henry Picard. In 1980, Terry became the first golf pro, then the first Director of Golf at Wild Dunes, where he led the resort to a top 100 world ranking. In 2000, with the financial and moral support of his many friends, he pursued the Senior PGA Tour. He was able to play in several Senior Tour events, which was just as thrilling for his friends and family as it was for Terry. Fortunately, because of the generosity of the owner of Bulls Bay, Joe Rice, Terry was able to continue to play in Senior Tour events while serving as Director of Golf at Bulls Bay. Though he was immensely successful as a family man and golfer, Terry perhaps was best known for the family atmosphere he developed with his employees, many of whom went on to become successful head pros themselves. Even after he became ill, he was always a positive person, and he was able to regularly play golf, spend summer afternoons with his family at Wild Dunes, and to travel to Europe with his family. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Hope; daughter Margaret Anne and son-in-law Peter Siachos; son John; father Quinton "Buddy" Florence; and brothers Bob, Gregg, and Bill Florence. Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, from 6-8 pm at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Highway. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, March 8 in the James A. McAlister Chapel with burial immediately following at Live Oak Memorial Gardens. A celebration of Terry's life with food, drink and fellowship, will be held on March 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm at 28 Bridgeside, located at 28 Bridgeside Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Terry Florence Golf Scholarship Endowment, c/o Coastal Community Foundation, 625 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29403. His guestbook may be signed at jamesamcalister.com. Arrangements by JAMES A. MCALISTER Funerals & Cremation. 766-1365. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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James A McAlister Funeral Home
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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Mar. 6, 2013