Ken DugganKen Duggan, an important member of the Canadian golf community, has passed away at the age of 78 after a brief fight with pulmonary fibrosis.

Duggan began his golf career at Toronto’s Scarboro Golf Club in 1954 and then transferred to the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ont., as an assistant professional for five years. From 1961 to 1969 he was head golf professional at Scarborough, Ont.’s Cedar Brae Golf Club and then moved to Etobicoke, Ont.’s Markland Wood Golf Course from 1969 to 1993.

Past director of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Canada, he was also its president in 1968, earning him a lifelong membership. He was also director of the Golf Canada Foundation for five years.

As a golfer, Duggan won 65 professional tournaments and played in the Canadian Open 12 times. After retiring, he continued to teach the game and also became interested in golf course design, joining Markland Wood’s long-range planning committee.