In Memoriam – Bill Wadden

William M. (Bill) Wadden III reached his 84th birthday November 9, 2015 and passed away on February 26, 2016. He was a Lifetime Member and Class A PGA Professional with over forty years of teaching and golf merchandising experience in the Chicagoland area.  He began his career in golf as owner/operator of the International Golf Club in Glenview, IL, a predecessor to today’s large golf superstores, and was an early pioneer in promoting indoor golf instruction and the use of video to analyze the golf swing. His interest in teaching golf led to positions as the Head Golf Professional at the Wedgewood Golf Club, the Village Greens of Woodridge, and the Lansing Country Club.

Bill devoted his activities to teaching golf full-time and was associated with the Links and Tees Golf Facility since 2001. Bill always took a keen interest in teaching competitive juniors. He was a former golf coach for Northeastern Illinois University, a NCAA Division I golf program, and served as a faculty member for the National PGA Junior Educational Program.

Throughout his life, Bill was a good player in his own right. As a youth, he played collegiate golf at John Carroll University in Cleveland.  The pinnacle of his playing career was contesting in the 1988 U.S. Senior Open at the Medinah Country Club.  At 69 years old, he accomplished every golfer’s lifetime dream of shooting his age.