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Three New Members Selected for the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame 

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame, created in 1996 to recognize those individuals who “left their mark on Golf in Long Beach”, will be welcoming three new members in 2019, according to Parks Planning and Partnerships Manager Meredith Reynolds.  The 2019 inductees are Gary Albin, Jennifer Bermingham and David Solomon.  For more information on the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame and its members, please visit:  http://cityoflongbeachgolf.com/hall-of-fame/general-information.   

“The City of Long Beach has a rich tradition of good golf, good golfers, and great tournaments,” said Livingstone.  “We want to acknowledge those people who were born or have lived in Long Beach and excelled at the game or made it better for those who play it. These inductees represent what is good about golf in general and golf in Long Beach in particular.”   

Garry Albin: “Marine One” as he is called (he served as the United States Marine Corp  pilot for the Presidential Helicopter for Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan), is a Long Beach resident who joined the Southern California Golf Association Rules (SCGA) Committee in 2004 and the Southern California PGA Rules Committee a few years later.  He has worked as the Head Rules Official for over 100 Long Beach Golf Festival events and volunteers for at least 100 days per year for the SCGA, Southern California Professional Golf Association (SCPGA) and Long Beach Golf Festival as an official or to mark golf courses.  He has also offered educational clinics on the Rules of Golf for local men’s and women’s clubs as well as for junior and college golfers.  His efforts have led to the proper playing of the game and excellent tournament experiences for thousands of southern California golfers.  

Jennifer Bermingham: “Coach Jen” was born in Long Beach and prepped at Millikan High School.  She attended UC Riverside (UCR) where she was the 2006 Big West Freshman of the Year.  She won six individual college events in her four years and was named to the All Big West Team every year at UCR.  She also won the 2008 California Women’s Championship and 2009 Long Beach Women’s City Championship.  After UCR, she earned her Ladie’s Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Class A and Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America Class A teaching status.  She was a popular and successful instructor at Skylinks GC for eight years and created the local LPGA-USGA (United States Professional Golf Association) Girls Golf of Long Beach chapter in 2013, introducing the game to over 100 local young girls in that time, and winning several awards for that program.  She qualified for and made the cut in the KPMG (Financial Services Company) Ladies PGA Championship and has served on multiple LPGA, USGA and PGA Committees promoting the game, and has been a presenter at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.  She took a position at Coto de Caza Golf and Raquet Club in 2018.  

David Solomon: David grew up playing the Long Beach municipal golf courses and He lettered at Wilson High School and Long Beach State as well as being the Captain of each team.  He worked at both Skylinks and El Dorado Golf Courses and won the Club Championship at each course.  David was the first person to win both the Long Beach City Match Play and Long Beach Stroke Play Championships.  He has been a highly respected teaching professional in the Northern California PGA Section where he worked at the Ruby Hill Country Club for 6 years and in 2017, he was named the Head Golf Professional at the Napa Valley Country Club.  David serves on the Northern California Section’s  (NCPGA) Tournament Committee and has finished among the Section’s Top 5 point winners in four different years, playing in multiple PGA National Club Professional and Assistant Professional Championships.  He won the 2015 NCPGA Section Championship and played in the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open that year and was the NCPGA Player of the Year in 2017, which earned him a spot in the 2018 Pebble Beach National Pro Am.  

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will follow the conclusion of the $175,000 Long Beach Open professional golf tournament at El Dorado Park Golf Cource on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m. 

With the addition of these three individuals, the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame now has 88 members. 

Former Inductees: 

1996: Marlene Bauer-Hagge, Bev Brines, Jane Burnsed, Tom Crosby, Paul Goydos, 

 Betty Hicks, Adeline Jones, George Lake, Frank Newell, Jr., Millie Stanley, Del  

Walker, Marty Walker 

1997: Laura Baugh, Sue Ewart, Marge Ferrie, Mark O’Meara 

1998: Ralph Cryder, Doug Ives, Len Kennett, Chris Neal 

1999: Alice Bauer, John Clock, Harlan “Pinky” Stevenson 

2000: Harriet Glanville, Ruth Miller, Joe Robinson 

2001: Tom Frost, Dan Gooch, Bob Livingstone, Jamie Mulligan 

2002: Roland Davis, B. K. Jones, Les Padfield, Eldrick “Tiger” Woods 

2003: Roger Cleveland, Monty Blodgett, Shirley Johnston, Wilbur W. “Bud” Lorbeer 

2004: Mike Krantz, Mike Miles, Kemp Richardson 

2005: Gordon Olson, Pearl Sinn-Bonanni 

2006: Lisa Georgeson, Don Knabe, John Richardson, Bob San Jose 

2007: Rudy Duran, Gwenn Hibbs, John Mansell 

2008: Craig Kessler, Jeff Manson, Terry Small 

2009: John Mallinger, John Merrick, Peter Tomasulo 

2010: Bob Chaffee, James Oh, Ted Richards 

2011: Steve Cook, Kathy Eaton, John Tate 

2012: Trevor Baker, Dave Stanley 

2013: Robin Bellamy, John McCann, Dennis Wright 

2014: Greg Hetzer, Phil Kessler 

2015: Richard “Dick” Linares, Walt Willows 

2015 EMERITUS CLASS: Ernest F “Ernie” Combs, Irving Cooper, Connie Freeze-Westover, Henrietta Holden, Joe Nichols, Walter “Boots” Porterfield and Anne Wallace-Hedley McAndrews. 

2016: Brianna Do, Joe Grohman, Gary Wishon 

2017: Larry Grant, Mike McMonegal 

2018: Patrick Cantlay, Phillip Barlow 

2019: Gary Albin, Jennifer Bermingham, David Solomon 

Questions: Bob Livingstone (562-570-3122 or 562-225-5547)

            Golf Programs

           Long Beach Golf Festival

The LBGF is an annual series of golf tournaments presented by the City of Long Beach and American Golf Corporation. They include tournaments for amateurs, professionals, men, women, and juniors. There are both stroke- and match-play events.

Read about the history of the Long Beach Golf Festival

The culmination of the LBGF is the $155,000 Long Beach Open. This four-day tournament annually includes many of the top young professionals among its 312-player field. Several past winners have gone on to success on the PGA Tour, including Paul Goydos, Scott McCarren, Dennis Paulson, and Bob Burns.

Come and join us by either participating, or volunteering, for any of our events. All the information needed is included in our website at www.lbgolffestival.com, or contact us with any questions.

            Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame was created in 1996 to recognize those men and women who had left their mark on golf in Long Beach. Inductees may be players, administrators, coaches, volunteers or contributors, and do not have to be residents of the City. Every year the new inductees are recognized at the conclusion of the nationally recognized Long Beach Golf Festival immediately following the final putt of the Long Beach Open. If you know men or women who fit this description, please call (562) 570-3122.

            Nominations for the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame was created in 1996 to recognize those persons who had "left their mark" on golf in the greater Long Beach area.We honor not only accomplished players, but those who have donated many hours of service for nothing more than a love and respect of this great game.If you know men or women who fit this description, please nominate them on the attached form.I guarantee that all nominations will be accepted and treated with respect and care.

-Len Kennett, Chairman of the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Committee

2008 Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Nomination Form

            Long Beach Little Linksters

(sponsored by Partners in Parks)

Long Beach Little Linksters is an introductory golf instruction program at Heartwell Golf Course for youth between the ages of 8-12. Plans for the Little Linksters program are under way for 2008. Two week-long sessions are held during July. Applications are available at the golf courses or by calling (562) 570-1272.

            Long Beach Junior Golf

What started as a few junior golfers at Heartwell Golf Course, has now grown into the premier grass roots junior golf program in Southern California with some 400 juniors involved. Offered to ages 7 to 17, children are taught how to play, the rules of the game, and golf etiquette. The program has now expanded to include a Junior Golf Academy building located next to the Heartwell Golf Course site. For more information, call (562) 570-1272.