Trojan Great Bud Bradley Passes Away

    Bud Bradley
    March 16, 2017

    Foster “Bud” Bradley, one of USC’s all-time top golfers who helped the Trojans to third place in the 1958 NCAA Championships to complement a storied amateur career, died on Sunday (March 12). He was 80.

    Bradley, inducted into USC's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, was among the nation's top amateur golfers throughout his life. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur championship in 1954, beating future USC teammate and pro legend Al Geiberger in the final match. He won the Hearst National Junior title in 1954 as well.

    He was an All-American second teamer three consecutive years (1956-58) as a Trojan. His 1958 USC squad finished third at the NCAAs, a then-best program finish and something that wasn’t bettered until the Trojans finished as NCAA runner-up in 2015.

    After USC, he became a stockbroker, but continued to play as an amateur. Among his titles: he won 1991 and 1992 SCGA Senior Amateur Championship, the Senior British Amateur in 1997 and the Senior Canadian Amateur in 2000. He also won 13 Wilshire Country Club titles.

    Bud is survived by daughters, Marla Bradley Weil, Paige Bradley Frost, and Laura Bradley Davis, and three grandchildren.

    A service will be held on Friday (March 17) at 11am at Hope Lutheran Church at 45900 Portola Ave. in Palm Springs with a reception to follow.