Scottsdale, Ariz. (October 28, 2021) – The world of golf has lost an industry icon, as Orrin Vincent, founder of OB Sports Golf Management, passed away October 25, 2021 at his home in La Quinta, Calif. Vincent was one of the true visionaries and leaders in the field of golf course management. Since 1972, he had been involved in the management and development of some of the nation’s finest facilities and built OB Sports into one of the industry’s most highly respected and innovative management firms. In 2019, OB Sports was acquired by Troon and is now fully integrated into Troon’s management team and portfolio of courses.
“On behalf of the entire team at OB Sports and Troon, we are so grateful for the time that we all had with this amazing friend and mentor,” said C.A. Roberts and Phil Green, Orrin’s longtime partners at OB Sports. “Words cannot appropriately capture the charisma, enthusiasm, motivational spirit, and genuine compassion for others that Orrin provided to everyone he touched, both in and out of the golf industry.”
Vincent was instrumental in too many golf projects to name, but some of his most notable fingerprints can be found at Edgewood Tahoe, Angel Park, Langdon Farms, Washington National, Gamble Sands and the recently opened Dumbarnie Links in Scotland.
In addition to his accomplishments with OB Sports, Vincent’s impressive background and specialties included playing on the PGA TOUR; coaching and mentoring numerous aspiring junior, collegiate, and professional golfers; golf course design; golf course construction; premium facility maintenance; innovative marketing and brand development; retail sales; and growing every component of the great game and business he loved.
Vincent has received numerous personal awards for his expertise in golf. He was twice named the PGA Professional of the Year, seven-time PGA Merchandiser of the Year, “Bill Strausbaugh Award” winner and the prestigious “Presidents Plaque.” He was a seven-time SNPGA Player of the Year and was also inducted in the Seattle University Hall of Fame.
Vincent always had a keen interest in Junior Golf serving as a U.S. Junior World Cup Team Captain and was a founding board member for the American Junior Golf Association. He was awarded the AJGA’s “Digger Smith Award” for his lifetime achievements and support of junior golf. This past summer, he co-founded Coachella Youth Golf and was focused on promoting the game in the Coachella Valley and his beloved Pacific Northwest.
Orrin Vincent leaves behind his amazing wife Barbara, his three children O.D., Sheridan and Jenifer, and six beautiful grandchildren. Vincent was 76 years old, born March 2, 1945.