Former WPGA President, Bob Friend, dies Sunday
By WPGA • February 4, 2019


Friend had a 16-year career in Major League Baseball, most notably as a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was part of the 1960 World Series Champion team and went on to be a four-time all-star. Friend remains the Pirates franchise leader in starts (477), innings pitched (3,480 1/3), and strikeouts (1,682).

After his retirement from professional sports, Friend continued living in Pittsburgh where he began his career beyond baseball. He became involved with local politics, where he served as the Allegheny County Controller, and was an insurance broker for many years. In 1988, Friend was elected President of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.

Friend married his wife Pat in 1957 and the couple had two children, Bob and Missy. Friends’ son, Bob, won the 1984 and 1985 WPGA Amateur Championships before beginning his professional golf career. As a professional, he won the 2006 WPGA Open Championship and spent time of the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour.

The WPGA family would like to extend our condolences to the entire Friend family.


About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.