Michael Alan Brannan |
Michael passed away at Stanford Hospital with his family by his side at on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from complications of kidney cancer.
Michael was born in Salinas California and became an accomplished golfer. His main golf accomplishments include: 1971 USGA Junior Amateur Champion, selected member of the 1977 Walker Cup Team and the US Collegiate All-Star Team and two-time California State Amateur Champion. He attended Brigham Young University and was a member of the BYU golf team from 1974-1978.
He played the PGA Tour from 1979-1983. In 1979, he won the Hassan II Golf Trophy, Rabat Morocco which is now a European Tour event. In 1983 he joined PING, INC working as a sales representative in Connecticut and later in Northern California. He was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the California Golf Writers Hall of Fame in 2004. Even after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in May 2011, he continued playing in amateur events and won the 2012 NCGA Senior Championship.
During the 1975 British Open in Scotland, he met his wife Shelley. Along with being a loving husband, he was a devoted father to his two sons, Kyle of Cameron Park and Chase of San Francisco. Even though he was an accomplished golfer, he considered his sons his best accomplishment in his life.
Michael leaves behind his father Jerry, his mother Joan of Salinas, his brother Gary of Stockton, three nephews Major Dereck Wilson of West Point, New York, Sean and Jared Brannan of Sacramento, sister in-law Karen Wilson Flagstaff, Arizona and mother in-law Patricia Ross of Tempe, Arizona. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him and knew him.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 18, 2013 at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church 902 Danville Blvd, Alamo, California at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael's memory to the NCGA Foundation PO Box NCGA, 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 or www.NCGAfoundation.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 13, 2013