Michigan Golf Mourns Popular Scoreboard Calligrapher Elaine Taylor

In photo: Elaine Taylor , left, with Sara Wold during a GAM tournament.

   Elaine Taylor, a popular scoreboard calligrapher at Golf Association of Michigan tournaments, will be remembered for her smile, positive attitude, dependability and energy.

   Elaine died last Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 78.

   Information on memorials and or funeral services is not available at this time. The GAM will update this story as those details become known. The GAM also plans to honor Taylor in some manner. Details will be announced at a later date.

   Taylor was a native of Canada, and previously worked as an X-Ray Technician in California. She resided for much of her life in Farmington Hills, volunteered for the Detroit Institute of Arts and was the mother of two sons, Mark and Matt. Matt is a PGA professional in Louisville, Ky.

   Mark Taylor said his mother enjoyed her work at golf tournaments.

   “She was a strong woman, a positive person who loved everything about the golf tournaments, doing the calligraphy, being on the rules committees,” he said. “She saw something that needed to be done, and she did it. It’s the way she was about everything.”

  Sara Wold, like Elaine a GAM Board of Governor and tournament volunteer rules official and starter for almost 30 years, will serve as the GAM President in 2018. She said she will miss Elaine, who was often her roommate at tournaments.

  “It was always so much fun to be with Elaine,” she said. “We took a trip to Scotland through the GAM and it was wonderful. She was always happy and friendly. “

   Wold said Elaine considered the GAM volunteers, staff and players as part of her family.

    “You know for some turning a score in is not a happy occasion, but she was friendly, caring and smiling and so professional that she made it easier on them,” she said. “She was dedicated. She made sure all the scores were posted correctly from the first golfer in to the last one.”

   Ken Hartmann, senior director of rules and competitions for the GAM, worked with Elaine for the last 16 years.

  “She took the scoreboards over from another great governor, Gus Cosmos, and she was like the U.S. Postal Service, always there, in the rain, in the cold, it didn’t matter,” he said.

   “The players, especially the older players, knew her and she liked interacting with them. I can’t tell you how many of the players have asked about her this last year when she was too sick to be at a lot of our tournaments. We’re going to miss her work. She was a talented calligrapher and they are hard to find. But we are going to miss just having Elaine around, too. She was likable, so personable, had a great personality. That’s what makes us sad right now.”

   Justin Phillips is the tournament director for the Michigan PGA, which Elaine also served as a scoreboard calligrapher for many years. In recent years Phillips said Elaine would request to work just one Michigan PGA tournament – the Michigan PGA Senior Open Championship.

  “She knew all the players, she enjoyed interacting with them and she was very much a part of that tournament,” he said. “We’re deeply saddened. She will be greatly missed by all of our staff and our players.”

   Wold said any tournament that Elaine worked seemed to have great comradery because she was involved.

  “I got to know her pretty well over the years,” she said. “We all liked working with her, and she was also just a real sweet lady, a good mother, wife and friend.”


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