John Cheng

Born: Hong Kong on 21 January 1938

Passed away: Beijing on 16 March 2016

Aged: 78 years

Funeral Date: 17 April 2016


Service Details

John S.C. Cheng Born Jan 21, 1938, died March 16 2016 March 16th, 2016 saw the passing of John Cheng in Beijing, China, from chronic Leukemia. Over the course of his career, John was a chemical engineer, patent holder and the former owner of Cygnet Golf and inventor of Cygnet Better Golf, sharing his love of the game with family and many friends. John was much loved and is survived by his five children: Jean, May, Anne, Otto and Michael, along with his five grandchildren Lee, Amanda, Dylan, Sam and Jonas. Friends of John Cheng are invited to join the family for a Celebration of Life Memorial at the Emerald Links Golf and Country Club on Sunday April 17th from 2pm to 4pm. 6357 Emerald Links Drive, Greely, ON K4P 1M4.
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The Story

John Cheng was very active in the golf business. He had two marriages with a total of five children. He was very much loved by his family and friends. He was very passionate about golf and dedicated his life to it. He invented the first Metal Wood and created a new golf game called Cygnet Better Golf. Here is a list of some of his achievements:


• Patented the first modern metal wood in Canada in 1975, Patent # 968379.

• PCT patent received for Cygnet Better Golf in 2002 covering 110 countries, patent # W002 -058796A3

• Patent in China for Cygnet Better Golf received in 2006, Patent # ZL200530055552.4.

• Patent in China for the wrist guard received in 2006, Patent # ZL200420103042.X.

• Kativak School Board in Nunavut bought Cygnet Better Golf Equipment for playing golf up north of Canada in 2002 where there is 4 months’ total darkness.

• Staged the first International Beach Golf Tournament at Costa del Sol, Spain in 2003.

• Recognized by the PGA of Austria as a great invention 2003.

• Cygnet Better Golf equipment was used for playing snow golf in winter, teach golf year-round and bring beginners to play golf on golf course without damaging the fairways.

• Launched Desert Golf in Jordan in 2004. CygnetBetter Golf was patronized by His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan.

• Club Med purchased Cygnet Better Golf equipment for all their resorts in the Orient in 2004.

• The owners of Callaway tested the Cygnet Better Golf products and thought they were great inventions in 2008.

• One of the world's top Golf Instructors, David Leadbetter, loved Cygnet Better Golf and had his PGA Tour players sampling it in 2008. He was seriously interested in buying 10,000 portable golf sets per month to start marketing Cygnet Better Golf in the United States.

• Cygnet appointed Michael Gillett as the distributor for Australia

• John Cheng, the inventor of Cygnet Better Golf was an invited speaker at the Asia Pacific Golf Industry Show in October, 2010 to talk about the promotion of golf with CYGNET BETTER GOLF.

• Cygnet appointed the PGA of Asia as the distributor for Thailand in 2010.

• San-grila resorts purchased Cygnet Better Golf Products in 2010.

• CYGNET BETTER GOLF is well-known in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Presentations have been done to tens of thousands of teachers and students in Ontario, Canada thru the years.May schools have purchased CYGNET BETTER GOLF equipment for playing golf right at school year-round. The teachers and students loved Cygnet Better Golf.

• Cygnet Better Golf started marketing its products in China.

• In 2011, John Cheng and his daughter, Anne were invited To participate in the popular program, Dragons’ Den to Showcase his inventions on Canadian National Television (CBC) which has an audience of over 300 million in North America.

• Cygnet Better Golf was displayed at the 2013 Beijing Golf Show with phenomenal success including interview by the Chinese National Television
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I am so sad to hear about your father. He was a good friend of mine for over 20 years. We played golf together when I lived in Ottawa for a number of years. Later, when I moved to Toronto, he came to visit me a number of times. I went to visit him twice in China and spent some precious time talking about his business and his health. He was a very energetic person with prospective and determination. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow! Please send my regards to Jean, May, Otto & Michael. Love, Eric

Anne Cheng


I was shocked and saddened to hear of your father's passing. He was a warm and gracious person who will be missed not just by his family but by all who knew him. Please extend my condolences to your entire family. With my deepest sympathy, Dick

Anne Cheng