North Carolina Pro Bob Boyd Dies

Bob Boyd, a PGA of America Life Member and the PGA Professional National champion in 1988, died Monday morning after a five-year battle with leukemia. He was 55.

After being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in early 2006, Boyd underwent two bone marrow transplants over the intervening years. The latest took place in January in Chapel Hill, N.C., but his body rejected it.

After being diagnosed the first time in January 2006, Boyd shocked the local golf community by winning the Carolinas PGA Crowfield Senior Open by seven strokes in Goose Creek, N.C., in December of that same year.

In all, Boyd was named the Carolinas PGA Player of the Year seven times. He joined the European Senior Tour in 2004, and won the 2005 Open de Espana Senior. He had 15 top-10s and finished four seasons in the top 30 in the Order of Merit on that tour.

The leukemia was rediscovered during a doctor's visit in August 2010, a couple weeks after he played in the British Senior Open at Carnoustie.

Boyd was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in February 2008, and the section's Player of the Year award was named in his honor.

Before he played in last year's Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club near Denver, Boyd told, "I always enjoy the competition. I may have had a business management degree from the University of Maryland, but I had always been in love with golf. I've been playing since I was 12 or 13 years old."

In all, he competed in 10 PGA Championships and five U.S. Opens.

Boyd is survived by his wife Pam and son McLean. Funeral arrangements are pending.