The First Tee of Greater Sacramento’s Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals that had an everlasting impact on the landscape of golf in and around Sacramento. Tour players, club professionals, great amateur players and volunteers make up this unique list.
The 2019 TFTGS Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame Tournament & Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 3 pm during the Haggin Oaks Golf Expo when Mike Green, Ed Vasconcellos, William Land, Frank Freer, Lainie Case & Bob Burns will be inducted to this illustrious Hall of Fame list. Come join us for this wonderful event! It is free to attend and will be held on the ESPN 1320 Golf-to-Go Stage at the Golf Expo.
2019 TFTGS Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame Inductees
Mike received a golf scholarship to the University of the Pacific and then pursued playing professionally on the Space Coast Mini Tour, in Florida. He was hired as an Assistant Professional at Del Paso Country Club in 1982 and was promoted to Head Golf Professional in 1993. He received the Private Club Merchandiser of the Year Award in 1999, and he has been a contributing writer for the Play it Forward initiative. He has been heavily involved in prestigious events such as the Swing at Cancer Pro-Am, Del Paso’s Charity Golf Marathon, Del Paso’s Pro-Am Fore Kids, the 2015 U.S. Senior Open and the Del Paso Foundation. These events represent his commitment to Del Paso’s membership mission in giving back to the community.
William Land was a quiet and self-contained man who was viewed as an active businessman in the community and who gave the city nearly half a million dollars to enhance the conditions of its citizens. His will and probate records are larger in volume and weight than the man himself. When he died on December 31, 1911, the 74-year-old bequest $250,000 for a public park and $200,000 for the poor of Sacramento. Land invested heavily in the Sacramento area only. He said that he would not take money out of the city that gave him his fortune. Though we know little of William Land the man, his legacy speaks volumes through the beautiful park and golf course that bears his name.
Lanie’s work in education and volunteerism in golf makes her a favorite with the group she helped create: the first and largest Special Olympics golf program in the country called The California Eagles. Lainie helped champion special needs and those with disabilities and create a program that was often copied but never duplicated. The program has been a model for involving children and adults with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. In
Frank was committed to over 50 years to improving the game of golf in Sacramento, California. As the longtime Tournament Director to the prestigious California State Fair Golf Championship for nearly three decades and the Chairman for the 1963 USGA Men’s National Public Links Championship, he was synonymous with quality events for some of the best players in the world. He served on the NCGA Board of Directors (1962-1968) and the USGA Sectional Qualifying Committeeman, National Public Links (1964-1995). Few people in American have given as much to amateur golf as Frank C. Freer. He brought organization and professionalism to every part of golf that he touched. Known for his gentle and giving manner, Frank earned the respect and gratitude of golfers in Sacramento and throughout the United States.
Ed Vasconcellos started his career at Diamond Oaks Golf Course in Roseville, California back in 1969 and then would go on to spend the better part of three decades performing all parts of golf operations at the city-owned course and for the Roseville community. Over that time, Vasconcellos oversaw dozens of major amateur events including the longtime David Oxley Memorial Junior Championship, one of JGANC’s premier events. He worked extensively with the First Tee of Greater Sacramento on a variety of different events and is synonymous with golf in the City of Roseville.
Bob Burns is a lifelong northern Californian who developed an early interest in sports, history, and writing. As a sportswriter for The Sacramento Bee, he covered such events as the Olympics, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and every local golf happening in Greater Sacramento for more than a decade. Those early interests coalesced in The Track in the Forest, a chronicle of the 1968 U.S. Olympic men’s track team’s road to Mexico City in a year of
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The Haggin Oaks Golf Expo has over 200 manufacturers and booths scheduled to appear. Still going strong as “America’s Largest Demo Days,” Haggin Oaks Golf Expo hosts over 22,000 golfers from all over California, Oregon, and Nevada to showcase the latest in golf equipment to the best vacation destinations… along with everything in between! Best of all, admission is FREE!
The show runs Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday and parking is $5. For more information on the Haggin Oaks Golf Expo, go to our website, http://www.HagginOaksGolfExpo.com