NCGA Mourns the Loss of Former President Paul Pugh
April 9, 2019
Paul Pugh, who served as NCGA President in 1986, died on April 8, 2019 due to cancer.
Mr. Pugh was born and raised in San Jose; a graduate of Willow Glen High School and San Jose State. He became a CPA and joined a firm with Jim Petrinovich in 1970 which flourishes today (Petrinovich, Pugh & Company).
He was an avid golfer serving as Club President for Almaden Golf and Country Club and President of the NCGA and California Golf Association. He played a key role in the development of Poppy Hills Golf Course with the NCGA and Cinnabar Hills Golf Club and was an integral part of the ceremonies when Poppy Hills opened in 1986. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Pugh called it “a very good day” and went on to talk about the initial 6-6 Coastal Commission vote that initially had thrown the project into doubt. As Pugh explained to the crowd, “Fortunately, two changed their vote.”
Following a number of speeches, four balls were placed in a row on the first tee and ceremoniously struck, with Pugh declaring, “This golf course is now officially opened.”
As part of the proceedings the NCGA gave each player a packet of poppy seeds with the suggestion that, should their ball land in the rough, “Please scatter your seeds.” A day later, the course opened for public play.
In retirement, golf remained a passion rivaled only by his love of model trains with a garden railroad that boasted over 1000 feet of track.
Mr. Pugh leaves behind his High School Sweetheart and Wife of 55 years, Nancy. Father of Penny Fraley and Husband Steve, Steve Pugh, and Brian Pugh and Wife Tara. Loving Grandfather to Taylor, Conor, Griffin, Brendan and Emily. Beloved Brother to Joyce Ehrhart and Husband Richard of Chico CA.