Remembering Thomas Kingsbury
The event is founded and dedicated in loving memory to Thomas Kingsbury, who was an enthusiastic golfer with an unparalleled passion for the game. Tom was a ‘scratch’ golfer, but you’d rarely find Tom playing with new equipment or balls, he could post a below-par score playing with found balls and rental clubs. Tom believed a golfer was not defined by his or her equipment or the course he or she played, but by their passion for the game and a desire to continue to improve. A real stickler for the rules, he was a purist. Tom had a natural swing, never tried too hard, but still hit the ball a mile. He was a genuine teacher of the game.
At age 63, Tom was poised to retire, complete his PGA ‘Q’ school certification and play and teach golf. However, that was not to be. Tom was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in February of 2007. Receiving both diagnosis and treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, he followed an aggressive, non-surgical course of chemotherapy. He was not a candidate for surgery as is true many patients diagnosed too late. Throughout treatment he stayed on the golf course. As fatigue set in, he surrendered to riding in a cart when he would normally walk. In August of 2007, Tom played his last round of golf in Danbury, Wisconsin on his home course of Voyager Village. It was only 9 holes. He passed away two weeks later.