Glenn Joyner Obituary, Death – A former champion of the PGA Tour of Australasia and a highly beloved figure on the SParms PGA Legends Tour in recent years, Glenn Joyner has passed away less than a week before his 59th birthday, following a year-long battle with Stage 4 bowel cancer. In the early months of 2022, Joyner secured three victories on the Legends Tour, and his success led to a qualification for the Senior Open in July of the same year. However, his health began to decline as he felt increasingly fatigued during the event.
Upon returning to Australia, he was urged by his close friend, Guy Wall, to seek medical attention. It was then that he received the devastating diagnosis of Stage 4 bowel cancer, along with a prognosis of just 12 months to live. In a remarkable display of resilience, Joyner defied his diagnosis and achieved an emotional victory at The Australian Legends Pro-Am in November. He vowed to keep playing golf for as long as possible, stating, “I’ll just keep showing up and just keep playing while I still can.”
Joyner continued to compete into 2023, hosting and finishing tied for 12th at the inaugural Glenn Joyner Legends Invitational at Thaxted Park in March. However, a trip to Western Australia took a toll on his health, and he withdrew from the Cottesloe Open in May after the first round, marking his final competitive appearance. On Saturday, Joyner’s wife, Carolyn, shared the heartbreaking news on social media, paying tribute to her “beautiful husband” and expressing her profound loss.
Affectionately known as ‘Joyns’ to his fellow professionals, Glenn Joyner’s determination and unwavering spirit during the past year have left an enduring legacy. He became a member of the PGA in 1987 and had a distinguished career with numerous tournament victories in Australia and around the world. He faced off against some of the game’s greatest players, finishing third behind Greg Norman at the 1996 Ford Open and securing two top-three finishes on the Asian Tour in 1995.
Joining the Legends Tour in 2014, Joyner achieved 40 wins, including a significant victory at the 2016 SA PGA Seniors Championship. His impact on Australian golf is immeasurable, and his memory will be cherished forever. PGA of Australia CEO, Gavin Kirkman, expressed his condolences, saying, “Glenn made a magnificent contribution to Australian golf which will never be forgotten.” Joyner leaves behind his wife Carolyn, twin sons Marcus and Brad, parents Barry and Margaret, and a host of extended family and friends.