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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

In Memory of Vince

As many of you have heard by now, the One-Eyed Golfer is no longer with us. Ryan Ballengee over at Waggle Room posted a really nice piece about Vince, and I'll refer you to that. Lots of people are leaving comments there about what Vince meant to them. But I wanted to say a couple of things about him on my blog as well.

I can't say I knew Vince Spence very well. We never met. (And now we'll never get the chance. To be honest, I always thought we would at some point.) But when I started this blog around 10 months ago, Vince was one of the first golf bloggers I became friends with. He encouraged me, and we traded a few emails about things. We jousted a bit in comments, and had a lot of fun with it. Vince always struck me as someone who was comfortable in his own skin, who didn't feel he had to do or say things just because people expected it. You knew what he thought, but he wasn't bitter about sharing it like some people. That's what I'll remember about Vince.

A lot will probably be written about his love of the game, those old classic golf articles he was posting amid his own stuff (which was both insightful and fun), and memories from people who knew him better than I did. But I'm going to miss his updates and our constant bickering over Tiger and Phil.

I don't know what the plans are for the One-Eyed Golfer blog, but for now I'll be leaving it up in my blog list. He deserves a better tribute than that, but I don't know what else I could do here that would be as good as leaving a link to his thoughts.

Matt, I'll be praying for you and the rest of your family. He was one of the best of the golf blogging community... and just a good guy. I'm gonna miss your old man. ;-)

3 comments:

  1. I was also shocked - I noticed the other day that he hadn't left a comment in a few days and I was wondering about him. It is incredibly sad to know that he is no longer with us.

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  2. Mike - To you and all of the golf bloggers who wrote about Vince, thank you. It's wonderful for us to know that others appreciated his wisdom and wit as much as we did. I've assembled as many blogs as I could find and will be passing them around during our "Irish wake". Matt will try to set up a computer today in the funeral home for blog viewing. I can't thank everyone, so I'm counting on them reading this on your site. Mary, Vince's sister.

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  3. Nice remembrance, Mike. I'll really miss Vince, too.

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