Intelligence service of the district of East
October 5, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – Rex A. Cole Sr., a PGA professional golfer and instructor at several local golf courses, passed away on August 25th.
A celebration of life is scheduled for October 29th at 3pm at the Carlton Oaks Golf Course in Santee.
Born November 6, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, Rex served in the Army from 1964 to 1970. In 1966 he married his wife Karen, but he also had a lifelong passion for golf. After working on golf courses in his teens, he decided to turn pro and became a PGA member.
He worked as a golf professional and instructor, teaching in Ohio and Massachusetts before moving to California, where he first worked at the Indian Wells Country Club in Palm Springs. He later went on to work as the chief pro golfer at the San Carlos Golf Course in San Diego, owned Polar Golf in downtown San Diego, and ran the Bonita Driving Range.
He later moved to East County where he was Head Golf Pro at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, where he spent 27 years serving PGA chapter and section events, US Open qualifiers and other competitive events, as well as recreational events ranging from putting competitions to to men’s tournaments and women’s club events, which also host fundraising tournaments and give group lessons.
He later became General Manager and Head Golf Pro at Cottonwood Golf Course in the Rancho San Diego area and served as a golf instructor at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca Community Colleges. He eventually returned to Carlton Oaks as a golf instructor until his retirement.
While working as a professional, he loved teaching children, running free junior clinics and free youth golf tournaments. He was very involved in junior golf and the development of the game. Rex served on the board of directors of the San Diego PGA Chapter for two years. He was very proud to be a Half Century PGA member. Within the PGA, he won the SCPGA’s Youth Player Development Award in 1986 and the Heritage Family Award in 2016.
His life mottos were “Make yourself a friend for a day” and “Be nice to everyone”.
Rex has also served in local charities, served on the board of directors of Santee / Lakeside Rotary, the Salvation Army, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
The greatest treasures in his life were his wife, children and friends. He leaves behind his 54-year-old wife, Karen, and children of whom he was so proud: Christina (Nino), Tammy (Mike), Alissa (Jeff), Sonny, Cassandra (Jeff), Rino, Renato (deceased), and Petra (Chris). He also leaves his sister Joann and his brother Mitchell, along with 14 grandchildren, a great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.