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Mercedes - Benz signs on as Sponsor of The Long Beach Mayor's Trophy Charity Golf Tournament Presented by Oxbow Carbon LLC

Monday, July 16, 2012
Entries/Sponsorships Still Available; Event Benefits Special Olympics Southern California & Junior Golf Programs

Celebrating 33 years as one of Long Beach's most popular restaurant venues, Legends Sports Bar & Grill has joined a growing list of major sponsors supporting the 2012 Long Beach Mayor's Trophy Charity Golf Tournament Presented by Titleist/FootJoy. Legends will provide a barbecue lunch on-course for the more than 150 local business leaders and golfers scheduled to participate in the fourth annual tournament, which will be hosted by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster on Monday, July 16 at Skylinks Golf Course.

"The community has been very supportive of Legends, especially since re-opening after the fire," said Legends owners Gene and RayAnn Rotondo. "We are very grateful to be in a position to provide assistance to such worthwhile and deserving organizations."During the past year, Legends has contributed more than $75,000 in donations and services to a variety of local causes.

Legends joins Presenting Sponsors Titleist and FootJoy; Silver Sponsors Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Southern California Edison, Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Marriott, Southern California Public Links Golf Association, Entegra, California United Terminals, Consolidated Disposal Services, Choura Venue Services, and Integrated Business Systems; and Hole Sponsors Chick-Fil-A (who will provide snacks on-course), Hirsch & Associates, David Volz Design, Long Beach Container Terminal, Inc., Shoreline Village, City Light & Power, Reischl Physical Therapy and Greenberg Glusker. A variety of sponsorships are still available at all levels, ranging from hole sponsorships to title sponsorship, along with tournament entries -limited to the first 144 players to register. The Long Beach Mayor's Trophy is operated by the non-profit American Golf Foundation (www.americangolffoundation.org) in collaboration with American Golf and the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine, in cooperation with Partners of Parks.

Entry into the tournament is $250 per player or $1,000 per foursome, and includes great tee gifts and tournament awards compliments of Titleist; lunch; a variety of on-course contests; and an awards dinner featuring a performance by the James Christopher Band. Other tournament activities include live and silent auctions, featuring golf vacations to premier destinations including TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and American Golf's Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, OR; and a golf demonstration by world renowned paraplegic golfer and trick shot artist Dennis Walters at 11:00 am prior to the 12:00 noon shotgun start. Registration begins at 10:00 am.

Proceeds from the Long Beach Mayor's Trophy will benefit junior golf programs throughout the City of Long Beach, as well as Special Olympics Southern California (www.sosc.org). For 40 years, Special Olympics Southern California has empowered children and adults with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Golf is one of 12 Special Olympics sports offered, providing numerous opportunities for advanced competition- including the Summer Games held at CSU Long Beach every year. Special Olympics changes lives through the power of sport and reaches beyond the athletes who participate.

For more information and to receive a tournament brochure including both entry and sponsorship information, please contact Cindy Elliott at (562) 431-5962 or cepr@msn.com.

Former Inductees, listed by year of induction:

  • 1996: Beverly Brines, Jane Burnsed, Tom Crosby, Paul Goydos, Marlene Bauer-Hagge, Betty Hicks, Adeline Jones, George Lake, Frank Newell, Jr., Millie Stanley, Del Walker, Marty Walker
  • 1997: Laura Baugh, Sue Bennett 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 White Miller, Joe Robinson
  • 2001: Tom Frost, Dan Gooch, Bob Livingstone, Jamie Mulligan
  • 2002: Roland Davis, B. K. Jones, Les Padfield, Tiger Woods
  • 2003: Monty Blodgettt, Roger Cleveland, Shirley Johnston, Wilbur W. "Bud" Lorbeer
  • 2004: Mike Krantz, Mike Miles, Kemp Richardson
  • 2005: Gordon Olson, Pearl Sinn-Bonanni
  • 2006: Lisa Jorgeson, 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

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. In 2008, three new members were added to the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of inductees to 53. 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. The 2008 inductees were former NCAA Champion and Poly golfer Terry Small, former National Junior Golfer of the Year and Millikan alum Jeff Manson and SCPLGA Executive Director Craig Kessler. 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 sessions will be held this summer starting July 7-11 and July 14-18. The program is 50% full at this time, 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.

Fundamental Golf for Tots

Children ages 4-6 can learn fundamentals and putting motions through imaginative and award wining experience of art, poetry, and play, benefiting own game. (4wks) Putters available for in-class use. $10.00 Material fee. Clubs available for purchase. Classes at Heartwell Golf Course. Instructor. Nancy Dunn-Kato, 2010 US Kids Master Teacher. Click here to register.