This word, more than any other, was used by the people closest to Nick Bramlett
when they described him. The longtime TGA Volunteer and Rules of Golf expert
passed away on April 27. He was 81 years old.
Known as “PoPo”
to his family and closest friends, Bramlett loved being outdoors. He was an
avid bird hunter, but especially enjoyed hunting white-tailed deer on his lease
in West Texas near Sonora.
Bramlett’s loves was the game of golf. Volunteering and mentoring were in his
blood. He was named the Legends Junior Tour’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and
was also the recipient of the TGA’s South Texas Volunteer of the Year award in
“He was very
generous with his time, particularly in the support of amateur golf,” said A.J.
Cortez, a TGA Volunteer and close friend of Bramlett. “In the last 10 years, I
don't know of anyone who volunteered more for the TGA, USGA, LJT and the Houston
Golf Association. Additionally, he was extremely generous with his skills and
knowledge and served as an important mentor to many of the new volunteers
starting their path to becoming a certified Rules Official.”
passionate about all things golf – it was what originally led him to becoming a
Rules Official. He loved spending time on the course playing golf, but he was
equally passionate about giving back to the game that meant so much to him.
Bramlett was a dedicated servant of the game and from 2010-19 he spent nearly
250 days volunteering at TGA events. And that’s not counting the days he spent
helping other associations during that time.
“He loved the
sport. He loved being a Rules Official no matter what event he was working, whether
it was for the STPGA, NCAA or lending a hand at a local qualifier,” said TGA
Volunteer Bobby Grabstaldt. “He just loved being a team player. There was no
one in the TGA that was more generous with their time and willing to help and
be a part of a team than Nick was.”
peers spoke just as highly about who he was outside of golf.
“He was just a
really kind, thoughtful person,” Grabstaldt said. “He was always there for
everybody and was a true friend to all.”
“Nick was one
of those lucky people who never met a stranger,” Cortez said. “Nick was well
known to all the people we dealt with from the players and parents to caddies and
volunteers. Nick was never without a story and he relished telling them to
anyone and everyone who would listen.”
had a deep impact on the TGA staff.
“I worked a
number of events with Nick over the years, and I always looked forward to
seeing him,” said Mark Button, the TGA’s Senior Director of Communications. “He
was always so welcoming, nice and genuinely interested in helping people. I was
really sad to hear of his passing.”
The TGA sends
its deepest condolences to Nick Bramlett’s family and friends. Instead of
sending flowers, his family asked that you might consider making a donation to
the TGA on Nick’s behalf. He
would’ve liked that very much.