BILL NARY
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NARY, BILL June 20, 1915 to March 13, 2012 Born in San Francisco, at age 11, he started playing golf. Bill joined the PGA and was hired at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 1938 - 42. He and Bing Crosby played golf there; then played the horses at Del Mar. Bill was drafted into the Navy during World War II. He won the 1949 Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. At the 1952 El Paso Open, he was the second to ever shoot 60 in PGA play. He played with all the greats, incl. Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. While teaching in Chicago, he met Margaret Koch. They married in 1952, settling in Chula Vista, CA in 1960. Bill's local teaching career began at Bonita Golf Club; then at Stardust and Cottonwood, returning to Bonita when they re-opened. Many of his students have turned pro and won awards. He continued to teach until age 95. He played every Thursday with The Bandits: Bob Henson, Ben Byrd, and Carl Brown. Bill is survived by daughter Carole Mulholland (Mike) (Sparks, NV), granddaughters Julie and Erin, great-grand-daughter Alyssa; daughter Catherine (Newport, OR); son John (Karin) and grandsons Will, Jacob, and Sam (Chula Vista, CA). A celebration will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. at Bonita Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bill Nary Memorial Scholarship Fund via SDCCU. Please RSVP and for more information contact John.Nary@ gmail.com, (619) 906-8226, or billnarygolfpro.com.


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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Mar. 25, 2012.
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March 26, 2012
I am saddened to hear of his passing, but the fact that he was still playing at 95 makes me smile. I took lessons from Bill for many years and remember him fondly. He always had a wad of cash from playing the horses and was a phenomenal trick shot artist. To this day, I still practice some of the trick shots he taught me. I know that words can't heal the pain of his loss, but revel in the stories you will hear and tell.
Kevin Buda
March 25, 2012
I remember Bill and Mary when we all lived in the Oaklawn Apartments back in the mid-60s.

I saw Bill in the past year at Bonita (we were having lunch after golf and he was having lunch). Though he didn't recognize me, I remembered him and I thought he looked well. I was saddened to read of his passing.

I hope you are playing with my husband now, Bill, and giving him some 'pointers'.

With sincere love and sympathy,
Pat Pasquill, Johnny & Dianne
Patricia G. Pasquill NEE Nicastro
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