Golf Canada joins the Canadian golf community in extending our deepest respect and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of golf writer and industry contributor Ian Hutchinson of Newmarket, Ont. on the news of his sudden passing.
Hutch had a meaningful impact over four decades chronicling the game of golf for a variety of outlets and trade publications during his respected career as a reporter and columnist.
In 2020, his contributions to Canadian golf were celebrated as a proud recipient of Golf Canada’s Distinguished Service Award. He was also honoured by the Golf Ontario Hall of Fame in 2017 as a recipient of the Lorne Rubenstein Media Award.
In 2008, Hutch reinvented himself in the digital space when he founded Golf News Now, a Canadian website and daily newsletter devoted to covering the golf industry. With GNN, he had become a trusted voice in the Canadian golf industry with daily insights and reporting on all facets of the game.
Hutch’s career began in 1978, covering a multitude of sports including golf for community newspapers including the Newmarket Era, Mississauga Times, and Mississauga News before moving on to become an associate editor at MVP, Canada’s national sports magazine at the time.
He also covered the NHL, CFL, NFL and MLB, before transitioning into full-time golf as an editor with ScoreGolf Magazine. Hutch would go to become managing editor of World of Women’s Golf Magazine before beginning a 14-year run as golf columnist for the Toronto Sun and other Sun Media newspapers.
Over a distinguished media career, Hutch contributed to various Canadian and US golf publications as an editor or writer including Pro Shop Magazine, Ontario Golf Magazine, Golf Scene Magazine, and Golf Canada Magazine in addition to writing for Golf Channel’s website.
He was also a long-time supporter of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, both as a frequent nominator as well a recent contributing member to the CGHF Selection Committee.
Hutch will be remembered and celebrated a tremendous contributor, storyteller, and supporter of Canadian golf.
A Celebration Of Life is planned for Monday, May 15 from 1pm – 4pm at Woodington lake Golf Course in Tottenham, Ont.
I’m devasted to have to report the passing of Ian Hutchinson.— Garry McKay (@GarryMcKay5) April 30, 2023
The president of Golf News Now apparently died this morning of heart failure at his home in Newmarket.
The family says details of a Celebration of Life will be provided later.
Golf wont be the same without Hutch. RIP. pic.twitter.com/NPoaVyZWQ4
A favorite image of Hutch.— Rick Young (@YoungerGolf) April 30, 2023
Man had a smile that could light up St Andrews. From our media trip to Scotland in 1995.
📸 Chris Gallow pic.twitter.com/y9YaaQCn62