Tiger Woods and Co. remember top golf coach Bob Torrance
14-time major champ leads tributes to adored Largs man
THE world of golf lost one of its greatest characters during the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Players wore black ribbons in tribute to Bob Torrance, who passed away at the age of 82. He had been ill for some time suffering from cancer and died in his sleep.
Largs Golf Club, where Torrance began his journey into golf as an assistant, flew their flag at half-mast in memory of the great man. The club’s Facebook page said: “Sincere condolences go out to June, Sam and all the Torrance family from all at Largs Golf Club after the sad passing of Bob Torrance. The game of golf and the town of Largs has lost a great man. Rest In Peace Bob, a true legend.”
Torrance went on to become the pro at Rossendale in Lancashire and then Routenburn in his hometown of Largs. Tiger Woods was amongst those to pay tribute to him.
“I’ve known Bob for a lot of years,” said Woods. “He’s been fantastic to me. We’ve had a lot of great conversations about golf. It was always fun picking his brain about the game, how it’s evolved and how he believes it should be played. I’m going to miss him very much.”
Writing in the latest issue of bunkered magazine, notable golf writer and good friend of Torrance Jim Black said Torrance
was a “man’s man who rarely bothered about the niceties of political correctness”.
“I thought the world of Bob Torrance, who was a father figure to me, and I feel privileged to have known him and to have enjoyed his friendship, his wonderful stories, his kindness and sense of humour; to have been able to share confidences with him through a mutual trust,” Black writes. “Bob genuinely was a one-off and golf has lost one of its true characters.”