Lowe new SCGA president

Bob Lowe of Ventura has been elected the new president of the SCGA. Lowe, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, can be found at golf tournaments across the country – PGA, Nationwide and Champions Tour – doing scoreboards.
Below is the press release from the SCGA.

Tom Morgan, Bill Woolfolk receive SCGA honors
1st SCGA Hall of Fame class inducted

UNIVERSAL CITY, October 30 Bob Lowe of Ventura, a member of Saticoy Country Club, was elected the 83rd president of the Southern California Golf Association at its annual meeting today. At an organizational meeting later today, officers and directors for the SCGA Foundation and SCGA Golf Course Management, Inc. were also elected.

Former SCGA Executive Director Tom Morgan of Manhattan Beach was given the SCGAs Lynn Smith Award for his many contributions to golf, and Bill Woolfolk of Los Angeles was named winner of the Jim House Award for his years of service as an SCGA committeeman and board member. At a lunch following the meeting, the inaugural class of six members was inducted into the SCGA Hall of Fame.


Other SCGA officers elected today were:
Kent Keller, Los Angeles (Wilshire CC), vice president;
John Rydell, Santa Barbara (La Cumbre CC/Valley Club of Montecito), secretary;
Steve Titus, Pasadena, treasurer.

Ed Holmes of Riverside (Victoria Club) remains on the board as immediate past president.

SCGA directors re-elected were:
Dr. Keenan Barber, Rancho Mirage (Mission Hills CC);
Ken Bien, Rancho Santa Fe (Rancho Santa Fe GC);
Al Frank, Glendale (Oakmont CC);
Jim Giles, Pasadena (Brookside Golf Club/La Caada-Flintridge CC);
Dennis Harwood, Corona del Mar (Big Canyon CC);
Bob Hedley, Seal Beach (Virginia CC);
Al Lara, Escondido (SC MAGA Vista Chapter/SC MAGA Carlsbad chapter);
Tom Lindgren, Indian Wells (The Palms Golf Club);
John Morello, Solana Beach (San Diego High School GA/Lake San Marcos CC);
Bob Osborn, Balboa Island (Friendly Hills CC/Newport Beach CC/PGA West);
Kevin Smith, Los Angeles (Hacienda GC/Bear Creek GC).

Errol Shaw of Bakersfield (Bakersfield CC), who served as SCGA president in 2006, retired from the board at the meeting.

Lowe, 77, joined the SCGA in 1995 and served as vice president last year. A former high school English teacher and coach in sports ranging from water polo and swimming to gymnastics, Lowe is well known in the golf community for the highly artistic scoreboards he creates for SCGA championships and for PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour events throughout the country.

Lowe attended USC, served in the Navy during the Korean conflict and eventually received Bachelors and Masters degrees in education from Whittier College. He and his of 50 years, Marlene (known to most people as Toots) have two children, Jacquelyn and James.

Officers elected were:
Marc Myers, Los Angeles, president;
Ed Holmes, Riverside, vice president;
Peter James, Pacific Palisades, vice president;
Kevin Smith, Los Angeles, secretary.

Directors elected were:
David Nicholas, Bakersfield;
Mike Roos, Los Angeles;
Tony Thornley, Rancho Santa Fe;
Jim Vernon, Pasadena.

Dirk Kingma, La Jolla, president;
Ron Livingston, Newport Beach, vice president;
Bill Pultz, Carlsbad, vice president;
Al Frank, Glendale, secretary/treasurer;
Jon Bilger, La Jolla, immediate past president;
Bill Cunerty, Rancho Santa Margarita;
Bob Lowe, Ventura (ex-officio).

Tom Morgan, who retired last year as SCGA executive director, received the SCGAs highest honor, the Lynn Smith Award, given for meritorious service to amateur golf in Southern California. Morgan served 13 years as the SCGAs executive director and 10 years as assistant executive director. In between those stints, he was executive director of the PGA Tour event now called the Buick Invitational in San Diego.

The award is named for Lynn Smith, a member of Annandale GC in Pasadena who was SCGA president in 1965 and vice president of the United States Golf Association from 1972-74.

Woolfolk, a former colonel in the Unites States Air Force, served on the SCGA board from 1999 to 2006 and has been a member of the Course Rating and Rules and Competitions committees for nearly 20 years. The award is given for extraordinary committee service and is named for Jim House, a former SCGA committeeman, board member and past president (1989) who, despite living in Brawley (Imperial County) logged thousands of miles each year as a volunteer for the SCGA.

The association saluted several of its major champions, including
Josh Anderson of Murrieta, California Amateur and SCGA Player of the Year;
Brett Kanda of La Crescenta, SCGA Amateur champion;
Tim Hogarth of Northridge, SCGA Mid-Amateur champion;
Rich Tolly of Laguna Niguel, SCGA Senior Amateur champion;
Steve Bogan of Placentia, SCGA Senior Player of the Year;
Johnny Holmes of Riverside, SCGA Tournament of Club Champions winner;
Rickie Fowler of Murrieta, a member of the 2007 U.S. Walker Cup team;
Jamie Lovemark of Rancho Santa Fe, a member of the 2007 U.S. Walker Cup team.

Six of the most prominent individuals in the history of golf in Southern California were inducted as the first class in the SCGA Hall of Fame. The six are:

A co-founder of The Los Angeles Country Club and of the SCGA, Tufts is often called the Father of Golf in Southern California. He was SCGA president from 1912 to 1927 and also served as the associations official handicapper for the first 27 years of the SCGAs existence.

The only five-time champion in the SCGA Amateurs 108-year history (1908, 1909, 1921, 1924, 1926), Hunter was also the California Amateur champion in 1920 and 1921.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Von Elm won three SCGA Amateurs and the 1926 U.S. Amateur (beating Bobby Jones in the championship match). In 1925, he became the only player ever to win the SCGA Amateur, California Amateur and Northern California Golf Association Amateur in the same year.

Dawson was one of Southern Californias greatest golfers, winning four SCGA Amateurs and the 1942 California Amateur (he is the last person to win the SCGA Amateur and California Amateur in the same year). However, equally important, Dawson was the visionary force that began the golf course boom in the Coachella Valley after World War II, developing Thunderbird CC, Eldorado CC and La Quinta CC, among others.

A native of San Diego, Wright was one of the greatest if not the greatest female golfer ever. Among her 82 tournament wins were four U.S. Womens Opens and four LPGA Championships. Wright was also instrumental in the growth of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Another San Diego-area native and also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Littler was one of the first home-grown Southern Californians to become a PGA Tour star. After winning the 1953 California Amateur and U.S. Amateur championships, Littler captured the San Diego Open as an amateur in 1954 and turned professional, winning 29 PGA Tour events including the 1961 U.S. Open.

Founded in 1899, the SCGA is one of the nations oldest and largest state/regional golf associations, with more than 160,000 individuals who belong to more than 1,200 member clubs throughout Southern California and Baja California. The SCGA provides USGA-approved handicap indexes for its members; measures and rates more than 450 golf courses; has one of the nations most significant tournament programs, with more than 150 days of events available to golfers of all abilities; is active in turfgrass research, junior golf and many education activities through the SCGA Foundation; publishes FORE Magazine and the annual Southern California Directory of Golf; and communicates to members and the golfing public at large through SCGA E-Communications and the SCGA Web site.

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