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“I have only just heard the incredibly sad news. I send so much love to Jean and all the family. I often think of you all and the great times we had...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Caroline Brooman-White - London

“Such wonderful, fun memories I have with you and Ken. Years at Aspetuck, the Open in 1969. I send my love to you, dear friend. Joyce Aultman Haines ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Jean, I was sorry to hear about Ken's passing. My dad and Ken sure had a love for the game of golf....playing it; talking about it; writing about it...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Kim Aultman Dobro - Northbridge, MA

“was so sorry to hear of Kens passing. Our main contact was thru The SOS. We became friends over the years and it was always a pleasure to be in his...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Po Peterson

“I first met Ken in 1961,when he interviewed me for an article in the pilot copy of Golf World UK.He was a true and honest writer, who would never get...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Ken,Thanks for the great memories over the last 50 years on and off the golf course here in Connecticut as well as in Britain and Scotland. Fred...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Fred Hyman - Weston, CT

“Jean, I am sorry to learn of your loss and my sympathy to you and you family. Ken was a true gentleman and wonderful golfer. I was fortunate to...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Yancey Ford

“Jean: This is Peter Sansone, I just heard about Ken's passing today. I told Rick and we want to send our condolences to you and your family for your...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Peter Sansone

“Offering our sympathies at this time. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home - CT

“So sorry for your loss ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Doug Aaron

“In my early days as a member of the Society of Seniors, I was fortunate to play many rounds with Ken and not only enjoyed his friendship but looked...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Dr. Lew Blakey

“I deeply admired Ken dealing with him when I worked for Jack Nicklaus Productions in the early 90s. He was a very talented person that I learned a...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Sal Johnson

“Kenny was a first rate colleague, a first class intellect and a first class guy in most any sense of that phrase. He added much to the game and to...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Cal Brown

“Years ago at The Open in St. Andrews, I was approached by a gentleman with his dog saying,"Can you spare a few coins for me doggie?" Shortly...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Judge Roger Colton

“Jean, and family; I am saddened to hear of the passing of my friend, Ken. I have very fond memories of our trips to Palm Springs, Canada and other...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Joe Martirano

“My deepest condolences to the family. May the God of tender mercy comfort you at this sad time. Psalm 40:1 ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: A friend


KEN BOWDEN, INFLUENTIAL GOLF WRITER, FORMER GOLF DIGEST EDITOR AND NOTED JACK NICKLAUS COLLABORATOR, DIES AT 86. Ken Bowden, golf writer and longtime resident of Westport, Connecticut has died at the age of 86. Born in 1930 in Brooklyn to British parents, he grew up first in Australia and then England. An avid racing cyclist he started his journalistic career as editor of Cycling magazine covering the Tour De France and The Tour of Britain, and in 1958 published his first book 'Cycle Racing.' After taking up golf he became a plus handicap golfer, and in 1962 joined Golf World UK as it's founding editor, then returned to the United States, and from 1969-'72 served as the editorial director of Golf Digest, where he enlisted Jack Nicklaus to contribute what would become a long-running monthly instructional feature called "Jack Nicklaus' Lesson Tee." Soon after, he collaborated with renowned teacher John Jacobs on Practical Golf, the instruction book often cited by Butch Harmon, Jim McLean, Hank Haney and many other top teachers as foundational. The highlight of Bowden's career was collaborating on 12 books with Jack Nicklaus, including Golf My Way, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies since 1974, and, in 1997, the Golden Bear's second autobiography, Jack Nicklaus: My Story. Said Nicklaus upon learning of Bowden's passing, "Beyond writing all my instruction books, he was a terrific guy. Ken was a very good friend, a very good player, a very good writer, and a confidante." In his final book, a 2008 memoir titled Teeing Off, Bowden expressed pride for what he and Nicklaus achieved together, and added, "My gratitude to the game of golf, and to all those who encouraged and educated and befriended me along the way, is boundless." Some of Ken's personal golfing achievements include: Club Champion at Aspetuck Valley CC eight times over three decades - Club Champion three times, and Senior Club Champion six times at Loxahatchee GC in Jupiter, Florida, plus winning the Canadian Super Senior Amateur Championship in 2004. Ken is survived by his wife Jean of Westport CT, and his three children, Simon Bowden (NYC), Lindsay Jacobs (Shoreham, UK) and Matthew Bowden (Perth, Australia). To sign his online guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com Photo: Jim Mandeville, Director of Photography, The Nicklaus Companies.

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