Heaven's fairways have yet to see the likes of Linc Townsend. Robert Lincoln (Linc) Townsend was called home Friday, August 4, 2023. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday August 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 711 N. Country Club Road, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Known to his friends as "Linc," Robert Lincoln Townsend was born June 15, 1985 in Oklahoma City, the younger son of Ralph Aldon (Bud) and Elizabeth Grace, Betty (Burtschi) Townsend. Linc grew up in a home full of love and support in Stillwater in the shadow of Westwood Elementary. One of his mother's fondest memories is of watching "the boys," along with his brother Will, make the morning walk a short block to school.
Excelling in both academics and athletics, Linc found a true passion for golf at an early age. Every Friday during the summer, his mother would take him to Stillwater Country Club to play five holes of junior golf; and, he wasn't very good. In a 2003 Daily Oklahoman interview after winning a major Junior PGA tournament, he was quoted: "No one is going to like it if they're not very good. I was just a hacker when I first started." It wasn't long before he mastered the mechanics. By 15 he started to see his game improve and began shooting in the low 70s. He never had a swing lesson, and had only been to a short game coach one time. He improved his mechanics by videotaping his swing and correcting his mistakes.
Stillwater Country Club was his home course and hole 15 was his favorite. He could easily eagle that hole which proved a marked advantage during SHS High School Golf Invitationals.
Three years later at the age of 18, Linc was the Shawnee Ford Junior Classic Champion after posting a 3-under-par, 139. He sank a 40-foot putt for eagle on the eighth hole, and birdied18 to win by two strokes, finishing at 141. Townsend's only bogey of the afternoon came on the first hole.
And the rest is history. His love of golf grew with time. Linc steadily became one of the best young golfers in the state, thanks to his focus and dedication. He won Division 6A Conference Champion his sophomore year in high school. Linc earned All-Conference honors for three seasons and his numerous awards and titles included 2003 Oklahoma Golf Association's Junior Golfer of the Year, OGA Tour All-Star, SHS Male Golfer of the Year his Junior and Senior Year and being named to the McDonald's All - State golf team. He lettered four years in golf, and earned the Low-Stroke for the SHS Goff team his junior and senior years. In 2003 he broke the course record at Stillwater Country Club with a low-round of 62, breaking Ben Crenshaw's record of 63 during the 1973 NCAA Championships. A sense of competition and natural ability brought out the best in Linc. As he approached graduation, he was ranked 47th best high school golfer in the nation. The trophies and awards mounted; but, Linc was always humble about his God- given talents and always eager to share his knowledge of golf.
Linc graduated from Stillwater High School in 2004. After receiving numerous Division 1 scholarship offers, he accepted a golf scholarship to play for Coach Grier Jones at Wichita State University prior to returning to Stillwater and then relocating to Oklahoma City.
In Oklahoma City Linc spent several years learning the jewelry business with Michener Ferrand Jewelers. As a child, Linc was fascinated by rocks and all thing "shiny." At the recommendation of Mark Farrand, he enrolled in the prestigious Gemology Institute of America in California to earn his accreditation as an appraiser and gemologist.
Also passionate for assisting those on the path to self improvement, Linc became very involved with Pellow Outreach. Through this program, he not only joined a brotherhood, but found opportunities for leadership and mentoring, assisting new attendees through sponsorship. Through these programs Linc was also able to connect with his passion for golf wining the annual Possom Kingdom Resort Golf Tournament for the past two years celebrating and supporting recovery.
Linc's passing came all too early for those he leaves behind. He was blessed with a plethora of friends and a family that loved him dearly. His tenacity, passion for competition, love for his family and dry humor will be missed. He is survived by his parents, Bud and Betty Townsend, his brother and sister-in-law, Will and Erica Townsend, and his nephews, Alex and Eddie Townsend and his beloved dog, Daisy.
In Linc's memory, donations may be sent to St. Francis Xavier, 711 Country Club, Stillwater, Ok., 74074, where a special fund has been established for the purchase of a memorial statue or Stillwater Pioneer Athlete Memorial, Box 351, Stillwater, Ok. 74076.