John Sirman, an influential and important NCGA board member in the 1990s, passed away August 21 at age 72.
Sirman served on the NCGA Board from 1992-1999. He served on the Poppy Holding Board from 1993-1999, becoming chairman in 1995 and serving in that capacity until 1999.
In that role, he was instrumental in the construction and opening of Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore. Sirman served on the Architectural Committee to hire Rees Jones for the design and construction of Poppy Ridge.
He worked closely on the design with Jones, and on the construction with project manager Hunter Gridley. It is told that during the development of Poppy Ridge from its construction in 1995 through to its opening in 1996, he practically lived at the facility. When it opened, Poppy Ridge joined Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach under NCGA ownership. The NCGA was the first regional golf association to develop one and then two golf courses for the benefit of its membership.
Sirman enjoyed a standout golf career at Fresno State from 1961-64, highlighted by a conference individual title in 1964 as well as All-American honors. Sirman won the Fresno City Amateur in 1961-62, the first to win back–to-back titles. He played in the 1968 British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland.
He was born in Fresno on January 26, 1943.
John is survived by his wife Dorothy. Remembrances may be made to Youth on Course or the First Tee of Fresno.