Hall of Fame
Long Beach Wilson High School
Symetra Tour graduate
LPGA touring pro 2013
Head Professional - Navy Course in Cypress
Serves on SCPGA Disabled Golf Committe as well as Patriot Golf and First Tee of Los Angeles Committees
Director of Golf, Head Professional and Director of Instruction at Recreation Park
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame was created in 1996 to recognize those individuals “who left their mark on golf in Long Beach”. Inductees can be players, administrators, coaches, innovators, volunteers or financial contributors. Inductees do not have to be residents of Long Beach. Spectators at the Long Beach Open are encouraged to attend the Induction Ceremony at the conclusion of the Open. The 2015 Inductees are:
Dick Linares & Walt Willows
Inaugural Emeritus Class
Ernest F. “Ernie” Combs
Walter Wallace-Headley McAndrews
As the sustainability of the game of golf becomes a concern, Phil Kessler is doing his part by introducing the game to kids, and doing it with a passion. Phil was born in Muskegon, MI, where he took up the game at age 4 and worked at the Muskegon CC, before moving to California in 1990. His involvement with junior golfers began in 1994 at Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course in Irvine. In 1998, he was appointed the Director of Junior Instruction at Heartwell Park Golf Course and took over a program that averaged four junior participants per month. Under his leadership, the program has grown to where now, an average of 75 juniors participate every month. Phil has also been instrumental in the growth of the highly popular Long Beach Junior Golf Association, where he was brought on board by fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Famer member Bev Brines, and he is the lead instructor and curriculum coordinator for the Association. Every Friday night for 16 consecutive years, he has taught the fundamentals to hundreds of the program's members, and created a rules and etiquette class to augment the knowledge the juniors receive about the swing. Along with his Long Beach work, he has volunteered with the Tregnan Junior Academy at Griffith Park, the First Tee of Los Angeles, the Urban Youth Golf Foundation, and in 2007 he was named the Outstanding Instructor for the Urban Youth Golf Foundation. Phil is also trained in club repair and club fitting and educated in how the club shaft effects the swing.
For over 30 years, Robin Bellamy has been a fixture on the Long Beach Golf scene, with memberships, leadership roles and good play in the women's clubs at El Dorado, Recreation Park 18, Skylinks and Lakewood (as well as at Torrey Pines and Industry Hills, but we will concentrate on her Long Beach activities!). She has served multiple terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the Women's Clubs at Skylinks and Lakewood, with extensive service to El Dorado's women's Club including two years as President. She also served as the Skylinks representative to the Long Beach Municipal Golf Commission for 9 years, and interacted with hundreds of Long Beach golfers as an employee in the Golf Reservation Office. Robin has won multiple Club Championships at Rec Park, Skylinks and the Executive Business Women's Club. She also has multiple runner-up finishes to fellow Hall of Famer Shirley Johnston at El Dorado. Robin has also been active in So Cal WPLGA Team Play competitions for nearly three decades with 15 Division Championships and has multiple flight wins in the Santa Barbara and Long Beach Women's Championships.
John is a local boy who took up golf after returning from the Vietnam War. Golf in general and the Recreation Park South Course in particular, are John McCann's passion. He has been a tireless proponent of "Little Rec" as a place for youth, beginners, seniors and members of the South Course Men's Club to be introduced to the game, or as a place for them to continue playing the game. He has been a member of the Men's Club for over 40 years, serving in many leadership positions including President, and hosting the monthly "McCann Open" on meeting days as a way for Club members and guests to meet, interact and have fun at the game and course he loves. As well as being a tireless worker in many capacities at the South Course, John served 11 years on the Long Beach Municipal Golf Commission, with 4 years as Chairman, and has become an integral supporter of, and fund raiser for, the Long Beach Golf Local League during its formation and early growth periods.
Dennis Wright, PGA
When Dennis retired from the US Army in 1997 after 23 years and a tour of duty leading a battalion of men from the 3rd Armored Division in the Desert Storm Gulf War, he moved to Long Beach. He began working at Recreation Park 18 giving lessons and managing the Tournament Office, before committing himself to becoming a member of the PGA with a goal of introducing the game he loved to non-golfers, particularly youth. Dennis moved to Heartwell Park GC and when he earned his membership in the PGA of America, he became the Head Golf Professional there in 2007. You can almost always find Dennis on the driving range giving junior lessons or helping with the acclaimed Long Beach Junior Golf Association. Dennis volunteers well over 100 hours a year to the various programs at Heartwell as well as going offsite to conduct introductory clinics for the Long Beach Unified School District's Adaptive Program, Special Olympics or Wounded Warriors, and as a Rules Official for the Long Beach Golf Festival. In 2010, Dennis was recognized by the Southern California Section of the PGA as the Metro Chapter Junior Golf Leader, a well-deserved honor saluting his love of introducing his favorite game to kids.
Baker has lived in Long Beach his entire life, playing in the Heartwell Junior Golf Program, and being named an All City and All League player at Millikan and an All Conference player at both Long Beach City College and Long Beach State. As he stated in his acceptance speech, he has worked at virtually every course in Long Beach, from a range and cart boy, to an instructor and PGA professional. Baker held the course record at Virginia CC with a 61 for several years, until that record was broken by fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member John Mallinger.
Stanley was a top player for Wilson High School and played on the UCLA golf team in 1951 and 52. He twice qualified for the NCAA National Championship but failed to reach match play both times. His crowning achievement was winning the 1951 US Amateur Public Links Championship at Brown Deer Park GC in Milwaukee. Dave retired to the Bakersfield area, and his son represented him at the induction ceremony.
A Long Beach native, Steve graduated from Wilson HS ('66), Long Beach City College ('68) and Long Beach State ('73) and was a top golfer at each school. He won the Metro Conference Championship at LBCC in 1968, and while attending Long Beach state, was invited to the NCAA Championship as an individual in 1970, and with the team in 1971. He won numerous junior tournaments before and while in HS and college, and was a 2-time Club Champion at both Recreation Park Golf Course and Los Alamitos Country Club. He also won the 1967 LB City Championship (Match Play). In 1969, he tied for 2nd at the US Amateur Public Links Championship at Downing GC in Erie, PA, and in 1970 was the runner up in the SCGA Amateur Championship at Oakmont CC. He turned professional in 1972, and over the next 18 years participated in the National Open of 33 different countries including the 1972 British Open at Muirfield. Since retiring from competitive golf, he has been an administrator with the Asian PGA tour and the South American PGA Tour, which he helped found.
Kathy is a Long Beach native and graduate of Long Beach Poly High School. Even though she does not currently play the game of golf she has been an integral part of the Long Beach golf community through her involvement with the nationally recognized Long Beach Golf Festival for 20 of its 23 seasons. She began as a key volunteer for former directors Chris Neal (a fellow Hall of Fame member) and LeAnn Wong-Shigamoto, serving in various capacities for 10 years. In 1999 she became the Chairwoman of the Long Beach Open Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which has donated over $75,000 to charity during her tenure. Kathy is known for her outstanding organizational skills and was promoted to Assistant Director of the Long Beach Golf Festival in 2003. She assists the current director, fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member Bob Chaffee, in every aspect of operating each of the championship events that comprise the Golf Festival. Kathy's skills have helped to make the festival an outstanding community event that is enjoyed by hundreds of golfers each year.
A Long Beach native, John has been successful in numerous aspects of the game of golf throughout his like. He was the Long Beach Junior Champion in 1948 & '50, and was Medalist in the 1950 LB City Championship (Match Play) and runner up in that event in 1952. He was a top performer on the Long Beach Wilson High School golf team that won the CIF Championships in 1950, '51 and '52. There was no official State High School Championship in those years, but John's teams were recognized by the Cal Hi Sports publication as the best in the State. John served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, and turned professional when he returned. After a brief playing career, he became a sales rep and designer for First Flight Arnold Palmer and Titleist, and later founded both Power Track Golf and Golf Design, where he patented the extremely popular headwear ballmarker, used by literally millions of golfers. John owns over fifty US patents for golf related equipment.
Bob Chaffee has been active in many facets of the Long Beach Golf scene including the popular Smooth Swing Golf Schools at Skylinks and was elected to PGA membership in 1997. A regular fixture at Skylinks GC, Bob received his PGA membership in 1997, and was the PGA Head Golf Professional at Skylinks for the 8 years prior to the course closing for renovation in 2004. Along with being a busy and respected instructor, he mentored current Skylinks Head Pro Spencer McDaniel through his PGA apprenticeship, and has been a lecturer and instructor in the Long Beach State Phys Ed Department since 2002. Bob has a history of coaching dating back to his days at UCLA, and has been the Head Girls Golf Coach at St. Josephs’ High Schools since 2004. Bob has always been involved in the many golf-related activities going on in Long Beach, helping create the now 22-year old Special Needs Golf Clinic run in conjunction with the Long Beach Unified School District and became a rules official through attending PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshops so he could officiate in Long Beach Golf Festival events. When Skylinks closed, he accepted an offer to run the Long Beach Golf Festival, and continues to spearhead that nationally recognized group of tournaments in a professional and accommodating manner.
James Oh is yet another USGA Champion to be inducted into the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame. An exceptional junior and high school player – particularly for his diminutive stature at the time – James won countless local and regional tournaments including the Moore League Championship and Knabe Cup while at Lakewood HS. His junior golf career included winning two AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions events and the 1998 United States Junior Amateur Championship, as well as being named to several international junior teams. He was heavily recruited by many colleges but opted to attend UNLV. His amateur career included forays deep into the match play portions of the US Amateur Public Links and the US Amateur. James turned professional in 2002 and won a play-off for the 2003 Nationwide Mark Christopher Charity Classic at the Empire Lakes GC. He has played 2 years on the PGA Tour and 7 on the Nationwide Tour.
Ted Richards was a legendary golfer in southern California. Ted was born in Long Beach and was a standout at Wilson High School where he was runner-up in the 1939 CIF Championship to teammate Jackson Bradley, but he atoned with a 4 & 1 victory over Ed Peppe at Montebello CC in 1941. He was a decorated member of a B-24 crew that was shot down over Japan, and upon his discharge, it took him 6 months to re-learn how to walk. He enrolled at UCLA and played 2 years for the Bruins losing only 2 matches. In the 1949 So Cal Pub Links Championship he recorded a 62 at Recreation Park, breaking Sam Snead’s course record. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1959 US Amateur where he lost to Gene Littler, but that wasn’t that bad a year for him as he defeated another Long Beach resident, Irving Cooper, in the US Amateur Public Links Championship at The Seattle Golf Club. Ted settled in Los Angeles and won 18 club championships at Bel Air CC between 1957 and 1981 and won 2 SCGA and 4 SCGA Senior Championships during his storied career. Ted passed away in 2009.
John was born in Escondido, but played his college golf at Long Beach State, where he was a 3-time All Big West selection. Since graduating, Mallinger has made Long Beach his home. He was medallist at the 2005 Canadian Tour Qualifying School, but he earned the nickname “Monday Mally” by getting though several fall Monday Qualifying events and playing in enough Nationwide Tour events in 2005 to earn playing privileges for 2006. He breezed through all stages of the Qualifying School that year to earn his PGA Tour Card. It didn’t take long for him to prove he belonged in “The Big Show”, when he finished 3rd at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am that year, one of 9 top 10 finishes he has recorded so far in his career, including a recent runner-up finish at the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Mallinger finished 68th on the money list in 2007, and 98th in 2008. He has also played in three United States Open Championships.
John was born in Long Beach and attended LB Wilson HS before playing his collegiate golf at UCLA. Merrick won the Moore League High School Championship while at Wilson, won the 2001 SCGA Amateur Championship at La Jolla CC. While at UCLA, Merrick was a three time All-American, and won the 2003 PAC 10 Championship at Glendale’s Oakmont CC. Merrick won a Nationwide Tour event in 2006 and finished within the Top 25 money winners for the year, earning his PGA Tour membership. He decided to enter that year’s Qualifying School in an attempt to increase the number of events he could enter, and it was a good choice, as he finished 4th, dramatically improving his playing opportunities for the following year. Merrick finished 135th on the money list in 2007, but again successfully navigated Q-School that year to improve his position and finished 2008 with 4 top ten finishes, including a tie for 6th at the US Open at Torrey Pines, which earned him an invitation to the 2009 Masters. He finished second at this year’s 50th Anniversary Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Pam Springs.
Peter was born in Long Beach, and attended LB Poly High School before entering the University of California at Berkeley to play his collegiate golf. Peter was a four year starter at Cal and captained the Golden Bears to the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2004, and was named an NCAA 1st Team All American that year. Tomasulo earned privileges on the Canadian Tour in 2005, and during a 5-week stretch that summer, he won the Long Beach Open (defeating John Merrick by one shot), the Canadian PGA Tour’s Montreal Open and the Nationwide Tour’s Alberta Classic. Tomasulo was on the Nationwide Tour for 4 years, and after coming close several times, he finally earned his PGA Tour Card by recording seven top 10 finishes and claiming the #11 spot on the Nationwide money list in 2008.
Craig is the Executive Director of the Southern California Public Links Golf Association. In this position he has championed philosophical changes in how municipal governments maintain and operate their golf courses, with key attention to planning for and meeting infrastructure needs and ensuring affordable golf throughout Los Angeles County. Craig was also involved in the reconstruction of PubLinks member golf course Skylinks in 2004.
Jeff Manson was a two-time Moore League Champion and CIF Southern Section Champion at Millikan High School. In 1987, he won the PGA National Junior Championship and the Big “I” Insurance Youth Championship. These two wins led to his being named the Junior Golfer of the Year in 1987. In 1989 he won the Long Beach City Stroke Play and in 1990 Jeff was an All American selection at the University of Arizona. After college, he attempted to play professionally for several years, before becoming a respected teaching professional at Skylinks and Lakewood golf courses, giving lessons to hundreds of Long Beach golfers.
Terry was a CIF standout at LB Poly High School, and played collegiately at San Jose State. In 1964 he won the NCAA Division I men’s golf championship at The Broadmoor – the last year the championship was played at match play. He finished 17th in the NCAA Championship the next year, and was a two time All American. As a professional, he won the California State Open in 1969 and 1970, and was a member of the PGA Tour.
Rudy turned pro in 1971 and was elected to PGA membership in 1976. He played on the Canadian Tour in 1976 and 1977 and played briefly on the PGA Tour in 1977-78 before the “all-exempt” tour that is now in place.
From 1972 to 1985 he worked at Heartwell Park GC, much of that time as the Head Golf Professional. It was during this time that he mentored the person who was arguably his most notable pupil, fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member Tiger Woods. He authored the book “In Every Kid There Lurks a Tiger” which covers his dealings with Tiger from the age of 4 to 10 years old.
In the 1980s, he relocated to the Paso Robles area, where he managed the Chalk Mountain GC and designed and built The Links Course at Paso Robles.
Rudy has always been very active in the game and in the profession, serving in many capacities with the SoCal PGA’s Northern Chapter, the Minority Golf Association of America and the First Tee of the Central Coast. He also received numerous awards including three time Northern Chapter Golf Professional of the Year, Section Junior Golf Leader and the Section Bill Strassbaugh Award for member and club relations.
In the 1960s and ’70s Gwen Hibbs was one of the “players to beat” in Southern California women’s golf circles. The highlight of her career was winning the 1973 USGA Ladies Senior Amateur Championship at the San Marcos Country Club, the first person with Long Beach ties to win a USGA Championship. In the Championship she defeated among others the 5-time reigning champion, Mrs. Philip Cudone, and her score of 231 broke the then tournament record by 2 shots. The Championship was held at the San Marcos CC in Chandler, AZ.
She was an 11-time club champion at Recreation Park and two-time club champ at El Dorado as well as serving as Club President in 1971-72, and she won the SoCal Pub Links Senior Championship seven times. Hibbs initiated the Long Beach Area Women’s Masters Championship and the Long Bach Tri-Club matches.
John Mansell was the City Auditor for Long Beach from 1951 to 1961 when he was appointed City Manager, a position he held for another 15 years. He played golf on a weekly basis and oversaw the design, construction and opening of both Skylinks and El Dorado Park Golf Courses.
Playing golf as regularly as he did, gave him a keen perspective on the needs of the courses, and in his position he was able to act accordingly and many of the benefits and enjoyment that today’s golfers receive from the City’s Golf Operation are a direct result of his love for and involvement in the game.
Lisa got involved with golf working for fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member Frank Newell at Skylinks GC. She was an LPGA teaching professional for 13 years, and worked in the shop at Heartwell for 13 years before being named as the General Manager for the Rec Park South Course in 1999 and took the same position at Heartwell in 2000.
When Bev Brines, passed away the job of following her as the Director of the Long Beach Junior Golf Association was not an easy task, but Lisa has done it with great aplomb since 2002. Lisa has made sure that the LBJGA is a great experience for the members, and a trusted place where the parents know that their kids are instructed and taught well. Lisa has expanded the roll of Long Beach Junior Golf to be more than just a tournament program for its members, but also a vehicle for the City and American Golf to reach out and introduce the game to kids who otherwise may never know anything more about the game than who that guy on TV (Tiger Woods) is! She received the NAACP President’s Award in 2005 in recognition of creating various golf programs for youth.
Lisa is also an active member of the Lakewood, Skylinks and El Dorado Women’s Golf Clubs, and served in several Board of Director capacities in each club.
As the Supervisor for the 4th District in Los Angeles County, Don Knabe has been able to positively influence the game of golf in many ways. Hundreds of high school golfers (both boys and girls) have been able to participate in the Knabe Cup at Lakewood CC, and thousands have benefited from the traveling LA County Junior Golf Program clinics and tournaments.
Recognized as one of the key elected officials in southern California for the promotion of affordable golf, Don has played a key role in the County of Los Angeles’ commitment to providing good golf at low rates, and without his involvement and support, the County’s Golf Operation would not be what it is. This includes “Junior Golfer Appreciation Month” each July where kids play for $1, and the legislation that doubled the amount set aside for golf course capital projects at all of the County’s golf courses.
John was a Long Beach native who eventually moved to Orange County, where he was the driving force behind the design and construction of the El Niguel CC.
In 1987, he was the medallist through 36 holes of the US Senior Amateur Championship at the Saucon Valley Golf Club. He defeated former champions Alton Duhon and Lew Oehmig as well as the previous year’s runner-up John Harbottle before the final match. In that match he played superbly in building a 4 up lead through 9-holes and eventually defeated James Kite, Jr. by a 5 & 4 score.
Bob San Jose
For over 25 years, Bob San Jose has been a member of the USGA’s US Amateur Public Links Committee and a respected Rules Official and tournament volunteer.
Bob got started in “administration” as a Board member and eventually as the President of the Skylinks Men’s Club. He was a delegate to SoCal Public Links Golf Association, and served as the Association President.
Locally, Bob has served as a Rules Official for the Queen Mary and Long Beach Opens, as well as numerous Long Beach Golf Festival events, and has been on the SoCal PGA Rules and Competitions Committee for over 20 years, working USGA and Tour qualifying events, and Q-School.
In recognition of his over a quarter century of USGA work, he is a recipient of the Association’s Ike Grainger Award
Gordon Olson first joined the Recreation Park Men’s Golf Club in 1968, and joined the Club’s Board of Directors two years later. He has been a member of the Board for an amazing 39 consecutive years. He has been the President almost half of that time, including the past 4 years. During his time on the Board, he has been involved with every operation or activity of the Club, including strong support for both senior and junior members. He has also championed the Club’s various philanthropic activities throughout the City.
He served on the Municipal Golf Commission for eight years (1988-94), including two as Chairman (1990-92).
Although Pearl grew up in Bellflower, she participated in countless junior and amateur tournaments in Long Beach and surrounding areas and is a member of the Virginia Country Club.
While she won the LPGA Tour’s State Farm Rail Classic in 1998, her greatest achievement was likely winning the 1988 US Women’s Amateur and US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships in the same calendar year. When she accomplished that feat, she became only the second person in history to hold two USGA titles at once, the other being Robert Tyre Jones. Pearl repeated as the WAPL Champion in 1989.
As her playing career wound down, she tried some TV commentary for the LPGA Tour, and in 2009 was named the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Cal State Fullerton, which had just added the sport.
Mike began playing golf at age 16 and was part of the 1970 State JC Champion team at Fullerton College before transferring to Long Beach State. As a 49er, he played in the NCAA Championship as an individual (finishing 10th) and was named an All American.
He won the 1972 Men’s City Championship and was low amateur in the inaugural Queen Mary Open, where he shot a then course record 64 in the second round. After turning professional, he won the 1975 Queen Mary Open and traveled to the many tours in Asia and South America for eight years. His overseas wins included the 1978 Dunlop Match Play, 1979 Thailand Open and 1980 Otago Charity Classic. He partnered with Simon Owen to win the New Zealand Team Match Play, defeating British Open winner Peter Thompson and US Open Champion Kel Nagle. He qualified for two British Opens, at St. Andrews and Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
At one time he held the courses records at Skylinks, El Dorado, Los Alamitos and the Navy course, and recorded 5 holes-in-one. He was the head golf instructor at both Los Alamitos (1981-1986) and Skylinks (1986-2003), and volunteered at Heartwell with their junior golf program.
Mike was an All American at Long Beach State in 1982, and played on the PGA Tour for 2 years. Mike qualified for the US Open in 1986 and 1987. The first time he qualified for the Open, he set the course record at both the Zaharias and Eisenhower golf courses at Industry Hills in the first-stage qualifying event, winning the medal by 9 shots.
Mike turned from playing professionally to become a respected teaching professional at the Virginia CC, and began playing in SoCal PGA Section events. He has had many Section triumphs, the most notable being a win in the section Championship in 2009. This was also the year that Mike qualified for his third US Open (winning a playoff at the Sectional Qualifier at Saticoy CC) and qualified to play in the PGA Championship, after winning a playoff at the PGA Club Professional Championship.
A Long Beach native who prepped at Millikan, Kemp was a three time (freshmen couldn’t compete back then) All Pac 8 golfer at USC, as well as a two-time All American (2nd Team in 1967 and 1st Team in 1968).
Kemp’s fluid swing and great touch around the greens (especially for a big man) led him to many championships, but the highlight of his career was winning the US Senior Amateur in 2001 at Norwood Hills CC, in St. Louis. Not only was this the pinnacle of Kemps’ golfing career, but when added to his father John’s Senior Am championship 14 years earlier, it made the Richardsons the first father-son championship duo in USGA history. For good measure, Kemp won the Senior Am again two years later at The Virginian Golf Club in Virginia.
Anyone who has ever missed a green in regulation has benefited from the technological expertise that Roger Cleveland has provided to the game through his innovative wedges.
A Long Beach Poly and USC golfer, Roger began tinkering with club design and founded the Cleveland Golf Company in 1979. The company’s forte at the time was building replicas of the famous woods and irons of the 1940s and 50s. He sold the company to Rosignol in 1990, but it is still one of the major manufacturers and innovators in the game.
Roger’s knowledge was missed after he sold Cleveland, so he came back to work as the Chief of Golf Club Design for Calloway, a position he still holds, and his knowledge of club design and technology has kept him involved in the discussions and decisions the USGA is continually undertaking to balance skill and technology in the game.
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After an apprenticeship at Lakewood CC, Monty Blodgett was hired as the Head Golf Professional at Virginia CC on January 1, 1965. During his nearly 5 years at Virginia, he played extensively with the members and was extremely popular. In 1970, Monty made the decision to take over the concession at the relatively new municipally owned El Dorado Park GC from that course’s original professional, Don Willis.
While at El Dorado, Monty teamed with fellow Hall of Fame member Doug Ives, Dick Chalk and others to create the Queen Mary Open, which was originally played at El Dorado and Recreation Park, but eventually became a staple at El Dorado. Monty served as the Head Professional at El Dorado for a dozen years, until deciding not to re-bid on the concession.
Along with being a fine player, Monty was always an exceptional instructor and after leaving El Dorado, he hung up a teaching shingle at the Newport Beach CC and continued giving lessons to not only the NBCC members, but others who sought out his expert eye.
A member of the Long Beach Women’s Golf Clubs since 1981, Shirley has been a dominant player as well as a loyal volunteer. Her first title at Recreation Park happened the first year she was a member, and she has totaled over 30 Club Championships at the three courses during her playing career.
Shirley has served on the Boards of Directors at both Skylinks and El Dorado for over two decades, serving in almost every major capacity, including President. She was appointed to the Municipal Golf Commission in 2007 as the representative of the El Dorado Women’s Golf Club.
Wilbur "Bud" Lorbeer
Bud partnered with Frank Vessels in 1958 to oversee the building and operation of Heartwell Park Golf Course. He eventually became the sole-concessionaire at Heartwell, and operated the course and restaurant until 1986.
Bud also won both the course and food concessions at El Dorado, and operated the Long Beach Starter Services, which was the City’s first experience in contracting out previously City-staffed services in 1981.
Throughout his tenure as the operator of both courses (and he operated others in the area including Bellflower’s Gene List and Whittier Narrows) Bud was a champion of growing the game for women, and particularly junior golfers, including underwriting the original Heartwell Junior Golf Program in the mid 1970s.
Roland Davis coached the Wilson High School Golf Team from 1932 to 1962 and won nine consecutive CIF Southern Section boys golf championships from 1938-46) and 17 total, as well as a record 19 consecutive Moore League Championships. He is also a Charter Member of the CIF Hall of Fame.
B. K. Jones was the right man at the right time. Hired as the Superintendent of Golf for the City of Long Beach in 1958, he was instrumental in the creation of the golf operation that today’s Long Beach residents enjoy, as Heartwell Park GC, Skylinks GC and El Dorado Park GC were all opened during his tenure.
Les was a founding member of the Skylinks Men’s Club, and served as the Club’s Charter Secretary-Treasurer in 1959. He continued on the Board through 1965, serving as Handicap Chairman, Tournament Chairman, Vice President and President.
From 1964 to 1966, he was the Clubs’ representative to the SoCal Publinx Golf Association, and served as a member of their Board of Directors during that time as well. He was a 9-year member of the Municipal Golf Commission including 7 years as Chairman, and as a City liason was part of the group that organized the Queen Mary Open in 1972, and he served in various capacities with the tournament for its first nine years. Les had the idea of creating a Stroke Play City Championship that played one round on each of the City’s regulation golf courses and was also heavily involved with the administration of that event as well as the Women’s and Junior City Championships.
Les eventually joined the Virginia CC and has been active on many of their committees as well as the Southern California Seniors Golf Association.
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods
Tiger Woods’ accomplishments and career statistics are well chronicled, but not everyone knows that his first round of golf was played on the front nine of the Heartwell Park GC in Long Beach, or that that is also the course where he made his first birdie.
Growing up, Tiger honed his game at Heartwell, including taking lessons from fellow Hall of Fame member Rudy Duran. He also played Recreation Park in matches while attending Western HS and played in the Southern California Junior Match Play at El Dorado Park GC while playing in southern California junior tournaments.
In April of 2001, the Tiger Woods Foundation held one of its four annual junior golf benefits at El Dorado Park GC, where 40 local youths received over an hour of one-on-one instruction from Tiger, and over 2,000 children and adults watched his clinic on the El Dorado driving range.
It all started in Long Beach….
For nearly 10 years, Tom was the Regional Vice President for American Golf Corporation and oversaw their operation of the City of Long Beach’s five golf courses.
Tom oversaw the growth and commitment to the concepts of the Long Beach Golf Festival and placed a high priority on numerous Junior Golf programs that benefited not only the Long Beach Junior Golf Association at Heartwell Park GC but also the coordination of introductory programs with Long Beach Unified School District.
Working hand-in-hand with Director of Parks (and fellow Hall of Famer) Ralph Cryder, Tom orchestrated great strides in the quality of product and service that was provided by the Long Beach Golf Operation to the residents of Long Beach and everyone who played the courses.
Dan has been as involved with golf in Long Beach as anyone. For over 20 years, he has run the “Goose Invitational” in memory of his mother, Marie C. Gooch, with the proceeds benefiting the men’s and women’s golf teams at Long Beach State and Long Beach City College.
Dan has also been involved with charity golf events for Wilson High School, the Long Beach Century Club and Long Beach State Athletics. He served two terms on the Long Beach Golf Commission and has been very active on the Board of Directors of the Recreation Park Men’s Club.
Bob “qualifies” for the Hall of Fame in almost all of the categories of consideration: player, volunteer, coach and administrator. Bob was the youngest person ever appointed to the a City Board or Commission when he was named to the Municipal Golf Commission in 1988, and served 4 years as Chairman. During his tenure he wrote the City’s Golf Operations Manual.
He served over 20 years on the Board of Directors of the El Dorado Men’s Club and has been a Rules Official for all of the LB Golf Festival events, as well as for USGA, SCGA and PGA events, and in 2009 was elected to the SCGA Board of Directors. He also served 6 years on the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee. As a player, he was the number 1 player at Millikan, but always in the shadow of good friend Paul Goydos. He did however win the Club Championship of both El Dorado and Recreation Park Men’s Clubs.
Bob was the Head Men’s Golf Coach at Long Beach State from 1994-2009, following fellow Hall of Famer Del Walker. He was named Big West Coach of the Year twice (2000 and 2004). He served as a paid consultant to the City on golf-related matters several times and in 2009 was named Superintendent of Golf Operations, overseeing the American Golf Lease.
Jamie played at Wilson High School and Long Beach State before turning professional. After apprenticing at Recreation Park GC and Virginia CC, he was named to his first Head Golf Professional position at Skylinks GC, where he began his golf schools and laid the foundation for what has become a storied career as an instructor.
From Skylinks Jamie moved to Coyote Hills where he oversaw the construction and opening of that venue, and then in 2000, he was named the Head Golf Professional (and eventually Chief Operating Officer) of the Virginia CC, which he has termed his “dream job”. During his tenure he has overseen the addition of a practice center, and restoration of the historic clubhouse and renovation of the golf course.
Along with support for various charitable organizations and his college Alma Mater, he has been very involved with the Committee and Education programs of both SoCal Section of the PGA and the PGA of America, and was named the Section Teacher of the Year in 2000. He is noted for allowing other golf professionals to observe how he operates his teaching program and how his team runs his golf operation, and he received the SCPGA’s highest honor when he was named the Section’s Golf Professional of the Year in 2005.
A published author, Jamie has had countless articles published in nearly every major golf publication and is widely recognized as one of the most respected instructors in the country, working with “The Stable” that includes Craig Barlow, John Cook, Paul Goydos, John Mallinger, John Merrick and Peter Tomasulo, and other accomplished professionals and Tour winners including Amy Alcott, Gary Halberg and Muffin Spencer Devlin.
Harriet was the player to beat throughout the 1960s and 70’s in Long Beach and regional women’s golf circles.
Her list of victories included six Long Beach Women’s Amateur crowns, four So Cal Women’s Publinx Championships, four Los Angeles Women’s Senior Championships, and she was the club champion at each of the three Long Beach Women’s Clubs (Recreation, El Dorado and Skylinks).
Nationally, she qualified for the US Women’s Amateur 14 times, and played in the US Women’s Open as an amateur.
Ruth White Miller
Ruth was a 30 year resident of Long Beach and won over 30 women’s championships during her competitive career.
The titles she captured included: The LA City Women’s Championship, Women’s SoCal PubLinx Championship, WSCGA Championship, WSCGA Women’s Senior Championship, Women’s Pasadena City Championship and the Women’s California Amateur Championship.
After earning his stripes at the Bel Air and Brentwood Country Clubs, Joe Robinson was hired as the Head Golf Professional at the Virginia CC in October of 1947, and he served in that capacity for over 14 years. He used his connections to bring Hollywood stars like Johnny Weissmuller and Burt Lancaster to the VCC member-guest tournaments, and he also convinced professional athletes like Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch to visit the Club. In 1953, as the result of a shortage of caddies, Robinson convinced the Board of Directors at Virginia to approve the purchase of two “power-driven golf mobiles” and his merchandising savvy ensured that the golf shop at Virginia became a significant revenue producing entity for the course, and his pro shop served as a model for clubs across the southland.
Ron was among the wave of golf professionals who recognized the importance of juniors to the growth of the game. Along with fellow professionals Bud Oakley and fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member George Lake, he founded the Long Beach Junior Golf Program based at Recreation Park in the 1960s, and worked with USGA members Bill Bryant and Ralph Miller, to create the Southern California Golf Association in the mid 1960s, which provided competitive golf opportunities to hundreds of young golfers. According to son Ron, “my dad was determined that everyone would get a trophy, and if it was possible to have a Pee Wee defeated division, he would have it.”
Joe was recognized as the Southern California Golf Professional of the Year in 1960, and was inducted into the Section Hall of Fame in 1986. Joe left Long Beach in 1961 to join the partnership that built Jurupa Hills CC in Riverside, and his family is still involved with that facility.
Along with sister Marlene, moved to Long Beach at an early age and became one of the elite golfers of her time. Before leaving her native South Dakota, she won the state’s Womens’ Amateur Championship at age 14, and was named the state’s Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year.
Alice won the Long Beach City Women’s Championship two times (1943 and 1949) as well as several other amateur events including the WSCGA Championship at Riviera. She turned professional in 1950 and along with her sister Marlene and 11 others, founded the LPGA. She never won on the LPGA Tour, coming closest when she lost a play off for the 1955 Heart of America Tournament, which was one of her 6 career runner-up finishes on Tour.
John Clock was a member of the Virginia CC who through his volunteer activities served as President of the Virginia CC, the Southern California Golf Association (1946), the California Golf Association (1947) and the United States Golf Association (1960-61). John was one of only four Californians to serve as President of the USGA in its 120 year history.
Harlan "Pinky" Stevenson
Pinky grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Wilson HS in 1958. He played college golf at Long Beach City, University of Texas at Houston and Long Beach State. His greatest golfing achievement was winning the 1956 US Junior Amateur Championship at the Taconic CC, in Williams, Massachusetts. Among the competitors in the Junior that year was Jack Nicklaus who lost in the semi-finals, which meant the US Junior was the one USGA Championship for which Jack was eligible that he did not win. Pinky won the 1960 SoCal Publinks Championship before a stint in the US Army, and after his enlistment, he returned to Long Beach and turned pro, winning the California State Open and being named the Press Telegram’s Golfer of the Year in 1966.
When his daughter was born, he chose family life over competitive golf and from 1969-1976 Pinky settled down as the Head Golf Professional at the Virginia CC. While a club pro, he won numerous SoCal PGA Section golf tournaments and he qualified to play in the US Open Championship. Pinky retired to Coeur d’Alene in 1981 to spend time with family and his horses, and spent a brief time as the Head Golf Professional at San Luis Rey Downs CC, before finally retiring again to Las Vegas, where he passed away in January of 2007 at the age of 67, after battling cancer.
Ralph was the Director of the City of Long Beach’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine from 1987 to 1998, and the City’s Golf operation was one of his passions. He had always had a dream of a “Festival of Golf” that would provide well run golf tournaments for every type and level of player: men, women, juniors, seniors and professionals, and he was able to reach that dream when he created the nationally acclaimed Long Beach Golf Festival, which provides competitive opportunities to hundreds of Long Beach area residents every year. Ralph was also passionate about the City’s golf courses being the best operated and maintained in the state.
According to fellow Hall of Famer Chris Neal “the City of Long Beach was lucky that Ralph was a golfer and not a sailor, because if he was Long Beach would not be known for having the finest golfing event and busiest golf course system in the country”.
Doug grew up in Long Beach and began working for the Press Telegram upon his graduation from Berkeley. When no one else wanted to take over the paper’s weekly golf column in 1967, Doug volunteered and he immediately became hooked on the game. His Thursday “PARticulars” column was a must read for nearly two decades.
In 1972, he and El Dorado GC professional Monty Blodgett created the Queen Mary Open, a professional mini-tour event that received national notoriety (future PGA Tour members who made their professional debuts in the QMO include major winners Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara, Craig Stadler and Scott Simpson). Doug also founded the Golden State Golf Tour in 1982, which served as a training ground for many aspiring young professionals throughout the southwestern United States.
Len was the Captain of the USC golf team when he won the Southern California Intercollegiate Championship. He turned professional in 1953 and was named the head pro at the Marine Memorial GC in Oceanside. He also served in that capacity at San Gabriel CC, Los Verdes GC and Lakewood CC.
As a PGA Professional, Len’s passions included junior golf and “looking out for Joe 6-pack” by making the game affordable and enjoyable. Wherever he was the golf pro, you could expect a well run Junior Program and Junior Championship, as well as a Women’s Championship and great customer service and pricing. Even since his retirement, he will return to be the starter and personally welcome each competitor to the tee at The Len Kennett Junior Championship and Len Kennett Women’s Championships at Lakewood CC.
Len received the So Cal PGA’s Bill Bryant Award for Distinguished Service to Junior Golf in 1991, and received the SCGA’s highest honor for service to the game, The Lynn Smith Award in 2005, and he is still the only professional to be so honored.
Chris got involved with golf when Doug Ives asked her to help him run his Golden State Tour, where she served as the main administrator for the next 5 years.
In 1989 when American Golf needed someone to run the newly formed Long Beach Golf Festival, Chris was a natural choice. The Festival grew from three events involving about 500 players playing just over 1,000 rounds in the first year to seven events with 1,600 golfers playing over 4,000 rounds when she retired in 1998. Along with running all of the Golf Festival events in a professional and efficient manner, the players could always count on warm hospitality from Chris and all of her tournament volunteers.
Chris also volunteered on the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Committee, with the Long Beach State men’s golf teams’ booster club and countless volunteer activities.
Laura made an early name for herself in golf by winning both the Long Beach and Los Angeles Women’s City Championships in 1970 at age 15. The following year she won the US Women’s Amateur, and was named the LA Times Woman of the Year. She also won two California Junior Girls Championships and was named to the 1972 Curtis Cup and World Cup Teams.
Laura turned pro in 1973, but had to wait 6 months to compete in her first event, as the Tour had a minimum age requirement. She had the 36 hole lead in her first professional event where she ultimately placed second, and in the half year that she played, she finished 2nd on the money list and was named Rookie of the Year. She finished here career finishing second ten times, but was never fortunate enough to find the Winners Circle.
Sue Bennet Ewart
Sue has been active in the Long Beach golfing community since the mid-1970s. She is not only a decorated and accomplished golfer, but served the game as a member of the WSCGA’s Rules and Course Rating Committees, the USGA Women’s Mid Amateur and Women’s Committees and the USGA/R&A Rules of Golf Committee.
As a player, Sue won over 20 local Championships including the Long Beach Women’s City Championship in 1977-78-79 and 1990, and the Southern California Master’s Championship in 1988, 90, 91, 93 and 95.
She played with fellow Hall of Famer Millie Stanley at Long Beach State before turning pro and playing on the LPGA Tour in 1981-82. She regained her amateur status and became the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Long Beach State in 1996, retiring from there in 2009. She was voted the Big West Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2009.
At the age of 14 Marge enrolled in the children’s golf class at San Gabriel CC. In 1940, she joined the ladies group at Virginia CC and she remained active for many years. She was a Director of WSCGA Board and held memberships at Bel Air, Riviera and Virginia until she moved out of the state in 1963.
Marge was a 12-time Club Champion at Virginia, a 3-time winner of the California Women’s Amateur, and also won the Nevada State, Trans-Miss and Long Beach Women’s City Championships.
Marge died in 1963, and an article about her life described her as “gentle, feminine, lovely and gracious, magnificent and humble, loved and respected by everyone everywhere. Marge Ferrie will always be remembered as a fine sport, a kind person and a great lady.”
A native of Mission Viejo, Mark chose to attend Long Beach State when the coach promised him on his recruiting trip “that he would never have to qualify, and would always be in the lineup”. Mark won the 1979 US Amateur at Canterbury Golf Club in Ohio in a great duel with fellow southern Californian John Cook, and was a three-time All American at Long Beach State.
Mark turned pro in 1980, and had a magnificent career with 16 victories including the 1998 Masters and British Open, which made him a clear PGA Tour Player of the Year choice that year.
Born in South Dakota, Marlene took up golf at the tender age of 3, under the watchful eye of her father, Dave. The family moved to Long Beach in 1941, and she dominated junior golf both locally and nationally including wins the Long Beach Boys Junior Championship at age 10, and the LA City Women’s Championship at age 13. That same year she won the Long Beach Women’s Amateur Championship and became the youngest player to make the cut in the US Women’s Open, ultimately finishing 8th.
At the age of 15, she won the US Junior Girls and became the youngest athlete to ever be named AP Athlete of the Year. She turned professional at the age of 16, and for the next 20 years, she was among the LPGA’s top money winners. She was a Charter and Founding Member of the LPGA, and won her first Tour event at the age of 18. She finished her career with 26 victories, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
Beverly “Bev” Brines
Bev was a retired US Air Force nurse and schoolteacher, but was NOT a retired person.
After taking a job as a starter at Heartwell Park GC in 1987, she founded the Long Beach Junior Golf Association in 1991, with the goal of encouraging kids of all backgrounds to take up the sport. In the program’s first year, 33 kids signed up, and with her hard work and dedication, the program grew to as many as 800 kids (ages 7 to 17) in 1996.
In 1993 she began a caddie program at Old Ranch CC in Seal Beach that used kids from the LB JGA, and in 1995 Bev was honored with an article in Sports Illustrated that told of the success of the program.
Jane Lange Burnsed
Jane started her golf career as a junior in 1945 under the supervision of fellow Hall of Famer George Lake. Jane won the 1953 LA City Junior Championship, the 1959 LA City Women’s Championship and was a 4-time Long Beach City Women’s Champion (1955, 1957, 1965 and 1972).
Jane also was the Club Champion of the Recreation Park Women’s Club eight times. She was voted the Amateur Golfer of the Year for the City of Long Beach in 1954 and 55; the only woman to ever receive that honor.
Jane turned professional in 1976 and is still a member of the LPGA. She was the Head Golf Professional of the California CC in Whittier from 1978 to 1988, then she transferred her shingle to the Virginia CC, where she gave lessons for another 10 years.
Thomas F. Crosby
Tom was a life-long golfer and enthusiastic supporter of the game. Long an advocate of junior golfers, when he was appointed to the City’s Municipal Golf Commission in 1975, he was chosen to manage the Long Beach Junior Golf Championship at Recreation Park and Little Rec. He ran that event until 1991, when it became part of the Long Beach Golf Festival. He remained active in the tournament until his death in 1993, when the tournament was renamed The Tom Crosby Memorial Junior Championship. Tom finished his career on the Golf Commission by serving as its Chairman from 1981-1984.
Paul grew up playing “The Boneyard” as Recreation Park GC was called in John Feinstein’s book “A Good Walk Spoiled” which featured a chapter on Paul. Paul was the Club Champion at The Park the first time he was old enough to play in it in 1981 (and won it another five times) and won the Moore League Championship all three years he was eligible while playing for fellow Hall of Famer Marty Walker.
He also played for Del Walker at Long Beach State before turning professional in 1990. He won the 1990 Long Beach Open with wife Wendy as caddie, about one month before daughter Chelsea was born. Paul won the 19932 Ben Hogan Yuma Open and successfully earned his Tour Card that same year and he has been a fixture on the Tour ever since.
He won Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational in 1996 and the Sony Open of Hawaii in 2007. Paul has the distinction of shooting a 61 at three of the golf courses in Long Beach: Recreation Park GC, El Dorado Park GC and The Virginia CC. He has honoray lifetime memberships in both the El Dorado Park and Recreation Park Men’s Golf Clubs, and received the first honorary membership that Virginia CC ever granted.
Betty took up the game in 1937 during a freshman golf class at Long Beach City College and from there became one of the game’s “great golfers”. How great, you ask? She once carded a 2-under par 69 at venerable Riviera CC…from the men’s tees!
During her career she won 20 National Championships including the 194` US Women’s Amateur. Her first victory was the Long Beach Women’s City Championship, which she one only one year after first taking up the game. She was a founding member of the Women’s Professional Golfers Association and the LPGA.
She served as the Head Golf Professional at Los Coyotes CC in Buena Park form 1957-59 and was a teaching pro at Recreation Park 18 (1941-42), Virginia CC (1943-45) and Lakewood CC (1949-53). Betty wrote many books and articles about golf and in 1995 was inducted into the Women’s Sports Federation’s International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in New York City. She is also a member of the California Golf Writer’s Hall of Fame and in 1965 was named “one of the Fifty Outstanding Citizens of Long Beach”.
Adeline "AD" Jones
“Golf wouldn’t be golf in Long Beach without Ad” according to many of the members of the Long Beach Women’s Golf Clubs. A member of the Recreation Park Women’s Golf Club from its inception in 1928 until her death in 1998. Even at the age of 90, when she was inducted in the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame, she would play (and walk!) 18 holes at Big Rec on Tuesdays and 9 holes at The South Course on Fridays.
“You meet the most beautiful people on the golf course” she liked to say.
George Lake was the Head Golf Professional at Recreation Park Golf Course for nearly half a century. During his tenure, he founded and administered one of the largest junior golf programs in the United States and brought several professional golf tournaments to Long Beach, including the “original” Long Beach Open, which was a Tour stop in 1949.
He helped fund raise for and build the 9-hole course at the LB Vets Hospital and gave lessons to the vets that went through rehabilitation there. His inspiration and dedication to others and to the game were recognized when he received the first ever Golf Professional of the Year Award from the So Cal PGA, and was later in the first class of inductees into the SCPGA Hall of Fame.
His son Brian said upon his induction to the LB Golf Hall of Fame: “George Lake, through his commitment to helping others, was responsible for introducing the game of golf to thousands of children and adults, many of whom went on to become top amateur and professional competitors. He, however, was just as proud of those who had just learned a game they could enjoy for a lifetime.”
Frank C. Newell, Jr.
Frank Newell was the head golf professional at Skylinks GC from its opening in 1959 until American Golf Corporation took over the City Golf Operations in 1984. During his 25-year tenure, he promoted junior programs and was one of the most popular and respected teaching pros in Southern California. Even 19 years after his passing, his son Frank has people who tell him that they took their first lesson from, or were introduced to the game by his father.
A graduate of Poly HS, Long Beach City College and UCLA, he compiled a distinguished amateur record in the 1930’s and 40s. While at LBCC, he won the Junior College Intercollegiate and Southern California Intercollegiate, which was open to all 2- and 4-year colleges, thus the Newell-led LBCC squad beat all of the 4-year colleges! While competing for UCLA, he won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and was the first-ever Bruin golfer selected to play in the NCAA Championship.
In 1935 Newell represented Long Beach in the US Public Links Championship along with fellow Hall of Fame member Del Walker, and in 1942 he won the Long Beach Men’s City Championship, played at Match Play. He competed briefly on the PGA Tour in 1953, playing with such greats as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum.
He was a class “A” PGA Member for over 40 years and was a Lifetime Member of the SoCal PGA. After his retirement in 1984 he served as a golf instructor for several cruise lines and was a founding member of PGA West. He was inducted into the Long Beach City College Hall of Champions, and lived in Long Beach until his death in 1990.
His son Frank said upon his induction into the inaugural Hall of Fame class: “As a father, teacher and employer, he instilled in me a love for the game, integrity and a strong work ethic. Many of his employees are successful businesspeople and professionals who often remind me of the lessons they learned from my dad.”
Mildred M. "Millie" Stanley
A native Hawaiian who moved to California in the late 1950’s, Millie won over 75 Championships in 5 different decades (1950s-1990s).
Locally, she won three Long Beach Women’s City Championships (1971, 73-74) and coached the Long Beach State women’s golf team from 1980-84. During her coaching stint, she orchestrated the raffling of a donated Mercedes Benz to generate $100,000 that was used to both fund the team and create the Mildred Stanley Golf Endowment.
She was the only woman to play golf for a service team (US Navy) in the 1950s, and has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame, including 49er Athletics, San Diego Golf and National Golf Coaches. Millie also served on the Tournament Committees for the US Women’s Mid Amateur and Women’s Trans National, and in 1993 she received the WSCGA’s Distinguished Service Award “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments that have furthered the game of golf in the interest of women.
Delbert "Del" Walker
During the City of Long Beach’s Centennial in 1988, the Press Telegram named Del Walker the city’s “Golfer of the Century”. Del (or “Coach” as everyone simply called him) excelled in many golfing capacities, including as a great player, an SCGA Committeeman and coach at Long Beach State.
Coach took up the game in 1927, after reading a book by Harry Vardon, and within three years was good enough to make the UCLA golf team, where he never lost a match and won the Southern California Collegiate Championship in his rookie year.
Del was a member of the Virginia CC from 1940 until his death in 2003. Along with winning the Club Championship nine times (the first in 1940 and the last in 1977), he eagled every hole on the course at least one time. He won the Long Beach City Championship (Match Play) four times (1943-44-45 and 54) and the City Stroke Play Championship twice (1949 and 50). He also won the Western Publinx Championship in 1939 and several International Seniors Championships.
He came out of retirement in 1982 to coach the Long Beach State men’s golf team “for one year” and ended up doing it for 12. He was the Big West Coach of the Year in 1982, 1986 and 1994.
Martha "Marty" Walker
Marty was an outstanding athlete at Long Beach City College and won many championships during her career. In 1933, she was voted the “Outstanding Woman Athlete” while at City College.
Her professional career was as a teacher, and while teaching English and the blind at Wilson High School, she became the first woman in the history of the CIF to coach a boys team when she began an 11-year stint as the Bruins Head Coach in 1973. In 1984 she came out of retirement to coach the women’s team at Long Beach State, a position she held for 13 years.
Marty was the Club Champion at Virginia CC in 1942 and 1958 and was elected to the Halls of Fame for Wilson HS, Long Beach City College, Long Beach State, the Long Beach Century Club and the California Interscholastic Federation. Her most amazing feat was always considered to be shooting a 78 at Virginia the day her son Jim was born.NOMINATIONS WANTED FOR LONG BEACH GOLF HALL OF FAME
The City of Long Beach, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine is accepting nominations for the 2013 Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame to recognize members of the community who have "left their mark" on golf in the City of Long Beach. The guidelines include:
1. Nominees do not have to live in Long Beach.
2. Nominees may be living or deceased.
3. Nominees do not need to be a "good" golfer, or even a regular golfer.
4. Nominees will be considered from many categories: Player, Coach, Administrator, Volunteer, Financial Supporter, etc.
5. There will be no discrimination because of age, race, religion or gender.
Nomination forms remain active for five years from submittal date.
For Nomination Form, go to: www.cityoflongbeachgolf.com