Name: Al Lara
City of residence: Escondido
Club: Southern California Mexican American Golf Association (SCMAGA), Carlsbad and Vista Chapters
Profession: C17 Glazing Contractor / Business Owner
Family: Fran (wife of 37 years), two sons, one daughter, and one old ugly dog
Volunteer and committee involvement: President and scholarship chairman for SCMAGA and board member for the Calfiornia Glass Association
A musician that Al listens to: Nina Simone
First car: 1957 Beetle
Favorite book: On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Guilty-pleasure food: Chips and Dip with Beer
Favorite non-golf item: Bar-b-ques
Favorite Southland hotspot: Sea Chest Grill in Cambria
One gadget Al can't live without: garlic press
Favorite quote: "I would rather die standing up to opression than to live kneeling to it." - Emiliano Zapata
If Al couldn't do what he does now as a profession, he would be a: Landscape Architect
Greatest pride: Family
Most visited website that is not work-related: SCGA.org
What Al likes about volunteering: The satisfaction of seeing the satisfaction on the faces of the people you can help
What would you tell a boy or girl to get them interested in golf: Not only will golf teach you life lessons and values, but those values will steer you throughout your life as you begin your education and career choices. The bonus is golf is fun and you can play forever.
Has golfed for: 21 years
What Al would like to see more of on the course: Ready golf and continuous putting because I feel it would help alleviate slow play in the public golf course world - my world. A little etiquette goes a long way also.
Favorite Tour player: Jim Furyk - someone with a wacky swing has got to love him, and Rocco mediate - good game, great smile and a 42" waist.
What part of the game of golf needs to change: Availability and affordability for those who choose to pursue the game seriously
Rule of Golf Al would change: None. Current rules are time tested.