Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Lloyd Syron passed away Thursday, and the Funeral Mass is Monday, June 13, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 134 Airport Road, Waterford.
The family will receive friends on Sunday (TODAY) from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, and at the Church on Monday 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Rite of Committal Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery.
Lloyd couldn’t help but spend his life in golf.
His father, Frank Syron, was a golf professional and his parents bought Elizabeth Lake Golf & Country Club in 1941, changed the name to Pontiac Country Club and turned it into a mecca for public golfers.
Lloyd started out caddying, went to the University of Notre Dame, played in three NCAA Championships, and in the summer of 1957 won the Michigan Amateur Championship at Belvedere in Charlevoix with a 3 and 2 final match win over John Kurach of Detroit.
After Notre Dame, he settled into the family business at Pontiac CC. It remains a family affair there and they have been a major supporter of public golf in southeast Michigan.
Syron coached the Pontiac Catholic High School golf team for 11 years and was named Michigan High School Golf Coach of the Year in 1981. Both Waterford high schools have used the course as their golf team’s home, and Syron has also sponsored the Oakland County Boys and Girls Golf Tournament and offered reduced rates to junior golfers.
In addition, Syron maintained the Frank Syron Memorial Tournament, named for Lloyd’s father, as a a stroke play fixture for many of the state’s best golfers every Fourth of July weekend. His son Mark, the Pontiac CC manager, won “The Syron” in 1990.
LLOYD SYRON OBITUARY
Edward Lloyd Syron passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022, in his home surrounded by his family. Born on July 7, 1936, Lloyd was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Therese Syron, Maureen Syron-Wood (daughter), Bridget Syron (daughter) and Frank Syron Jr. (brother). He is survived by Ann Syron (sister), Colleen Syron (daughter), Dr. Shawn Syron (son), and Molly Syron-Gerig (daughter). Lloyd grew up on the fairways of Pontiac Country Club, his parents’ business, where he learned the love of golf from his father, Frank Syron, who was a professional golfer. His life was a constant dedication to his family, the community, his many dear friends, and his commitment to make the game of golf accessible to all. He was a graduate of Shrine High School; and at the age of 15, he posted a score of 69 to beat Ben Hogan when Hogan famously challenged golfers across America to an open competition on the first ever National Golf Day. While a Varsity scholarship athlete at the University of Notre Dame, Lloyd played in 3 National Championships and led his team with lowest team average in his senior year. At the young age of 21, he won the 1957 Michigan Amateur Golf Tournament. He was a handsome, fearless, strong, competitor who spent his early days exploring while having adventures on and off the golf courses he visited across the country. His golfing days were filled with love and laughter. He had an uncanny ability to remember details about the friends he made during his travels and the details of the courses he played. On one such trip, he met the woman of his dreams, the lovely Mary Therese McNamara. With Mary Therese’s younger brother at Notre Dame, these two began a letter correspondence that led to a wonderful 60 year marriage that produced five children and nine grandchildren. His competitive golf career largely ended when he returned to Waterford to manage the family golf course as his own father’s health declined. While he left competition to raise a family, he continued to be a coach, mentor, and cheerleader for many avid golfers. Lloyd coached the Pontiac Catholic Golf team for 11 years and was named the Michigan High School Coach of the Year in 1981. In 2004, he was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame not only for his mastery of the sport, but for his accomplishments, community leadership, and commitment to making golf accessible for the public. As a father he seemed near perfect; encouraging every adventure, empowering every dream while unconditionally loving his five children through every choice. He’d get a twinkle in his eyes and raise one eyebrow just enough to let us know that he wished he could join our adventures. He always encouraged us to call home to convey the stories of our adventures. Lloyd loved deeply and often. Every golfer was his friend. Every friend was never forgotten. The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 134 Airport Road, Waterford. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Chapel, Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, and at the Church on Monday 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Rite of Committal Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery.
Published by Simpson-Modetz Riverside Chapel on Jun. 10, 2022.