Ken Bien elected president of the SCGA

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. (Oct. 22, 2013) - Ken Bien, a retired consultant and member of Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, was elected president of the Southern California Golf Association at its Annual Meeting, held Tuesday morning in Universal City. He succeeds The Palms Golf Club and San Diego Country Club member Dr. Tom Lindgren.

“I am excited to take on this role for an organization I am so passionate about,” stated Bien. “Looking forward, I hope to continue implementing our recently-completed strategic plan and focus on making the game of golf more attractive to the younger generation of Southern California.”

Joining Immediate Past President Lindgren on the SCGA Executive Committee are Vice President Al Frank of Oakmont Country Club, Secretary John Morello of St. Mark Golf Club and Treasurer Dr. Keenan Barber of Mission Hills Country Club.

New addition to the SCGA Board of Directors included David Cardwell of Mission Viejo Country Club and Peter Jensen of Annandale Golf Club.

Honored at the Annual Meeting were:

  • Don Tartre of San Diego Country Club, who received the Jim House Award, which recognizes the work of an exceptional SCGA volunteer.
  • Bo Links and Richard Harris, who received the Lynn Smith Award, which honors outstanding contributors and service to amateur golf in Southern California.
  • David Ho, who was named the winner of the Newell Pinch Delegate Award for his service working as an SCGA ambassador
  • Melvin Whitaker, who was awarded the Don Carlson Award for his accomplishments as the Handicap Chair of Lake Arrowhead Country Club
  • The Livingston Family Foundation received the John Argue Founder’s Award, established to honor SCGA Youth on Course Founder and former SCGA President, John C. Argue. The Livingston Family is a constant supporter of SCGA Youth on Course
  • Tony Thornley, honored with The President’s Award, annually given to an SCGA member who's dedicated to furthering the mission of SCGA Youth on Course

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