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Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Selects 2019 Inductees

July 24, 2019

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame welcomes Gary Albin, Jennifer Bermingham and David Solomon as inductees for the 2019 year.

“The City of Long Beach has a rich tradition of golf, notable golfers and great tournaments,” said Parks, Recreation and Marine Director Gerardo Mouet. “We want to acknowledge those who were born or have lived in Long Beach and excelled at the game or made it better for those who play it. These inductees represent a significant contribution to the game of golf and golf in Long Beach in particular.”

The Induction Ceremony will follow the conclusion of the Long Beach Open at El Dorado Park GC on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Gary Albin: “Marine One” served as the United States Marine Corp pilot for the Presidential Helicopter for Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He is a Long Beach resident who joined the SCGA Rules & Competition Committee in 2004 and the Southern California PGA (SCPGA) Rules Committee a few years later. He has worked as the head rules official for over 100 Long Beach Golf Festival events and volunteers for at least 100 days per year for the SCGA, SCPGA and Long Beach Golf Festival as an official or to mark golf courses. He has also offered educational clinics on the Rules of Golf for local men’s and women’s clubs as well as for junior and college golfers. His efforts have led to the proper playing of the game and excellent tournament experiences for thousands of Southland golfers.


Jennifer Bermingham: “Coach Jen” was born in Long Beach and prepped at Millikan HS. She attended UC Riverside (UCR) where she was the 2006 Big West Freshman of the Year. She won six college events and was named to the All Big West Team all four years. She won the 2008 California Women’s Championship and 2009 Long Beach Women’s City Championship. Jennifer earned her LPGA Class A and PGA of America Class A teaching status, becoming an instructor at Skylinks GC for eight years. She is active in the SCGA’s Swing Tip video program and has supported women’s programming through the SoCal Women’s Golf Summit presented by the SCGA and SCPGA. Jennifer also established the local LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Long Beach chapter in 2013, introducing the game to over 100 local girls. She qualified for and made the cut in the KPMG Ladies PGA Championship and has served on multiple LPGA, USGA and PGA Committees. She is now serves as an instructor at Coto de Caza G&RC.

David Solomon: David grew up playing the Long Beach municipal golf courses and he lettered at Wilson HS and Long Beach State as well as being the captain of each team. He worked at both Skylinks GC and El Dorado GC and won the club championship at each course. David was the first person to win both the Long Beach City Match Play and Long Beach Stroke Play Championships. He has been a teaching professional for six years in the Northern California PGA Section, where he worked at the Ruby Hill CC and in 2017, he was named the Head Golf Professional at Napa Valley CC. David serves on the Northern California PGA Tournament Committee and has finished among the Section’s Top-5 point winners in four different years, playing in multiple PGA National Club Professional and Assistant Professional Championships. He won the 2015 NCPGA Section Championship and played in the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open that year and was the NCPGA Player of the Year in 2017, which earned him a spot in the 2018 Pebble Beach National Pro Am.

For more information on the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame and its members, please visit: http://cityoflongbeachgolf.com/hall-of-fame/general-information

FORMER INDUCTEES:

1996: Marlene Bauer-Hagge, Bev Brines, Jane Burnsed, Tom Crosby, Paul Goydos,

Betty Hicks, Adeline Jones, George Lake, Frank Newell, Jr., Millie Stanley, Del

Walker, Marty Walker

1997: Laura Baugh, Sue 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 Miller, Joe Robinson

2001: Tom Frost, Dan Gooch, Bob Livingstone, Jamie Mulligan

2002: Roland Davis, B. K. Jones, Les Padfield, Eldrick “Tiger” Woods

2003: Roger Cleveland, Monty Blodgett, Shirley Johnston, Wilbur W. “Bud” Lorbeer

2004: Mike Krantz, Mike Miles, Kemp Richardson

2005: Gordon Olson, Pearl Sinn-Bonanni

2006: Lisa Georgeson, 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

2010: Bob Chaffee, James Oh, Ted Richards

2011: Steve Cook, Kathy Eaton, John Tate

2012: Trevor Baker, Dave Stanley

2013: Robin Bellamy, John McCann, Dennis Wright

2014: Greg Hetzer, Phil Kessler

2015: Richard “Dick” Linares, Walt Willows

2015 EMERITUS CLASS: Ernest F “Ernie” Combs, Irving Cooper, Connie Freeze-Westover, Henrietta Holden, Joe Nichols, Walter “Boots” Porterfield and Anne Wallace-Hedley McAndrews.

2016: Brianna Do, Joe Grohman, Gary Wishon

2017: Larry Grant, Mike McMonegal

2018: Patrick Cantlay, Phillip Barlow

2019: Gary Albin, Jennifer Bermingham, David Solomon



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