Long Beach, CA
Three new members selected for the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame
July 5, 2016. The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame will be welcoming three new members in 2016, according to Hall of Fame Chairman Len Kennett. The 2016 inductees are Brianna Do, Joe Grohman and Gary Wishon.
“The City of Long Beach has a rich tradition of good golf, good golfers, and great tournaments,” said Kennett. “We want to acknowledge those people who have played the game well, like Briana Do, as well as those who serve the game and make it better or more enjoyable for everyone, like PGA members Joe Grohman and Gary Wishon. These inductees represent what is good about golf in general and in Long Beach in particular.”
Brianna Do – Brianna was born in Long Beach and attended Wilson High School, where she won the More League Individual title and led the Bruins to League Championships each year she played. She also finished 2nd individually in the State CIF while at Wilson. She had an excellent junior golf career, twice being named an AJGA All American and was selected as a member of the 2007 Junior Solheim Cup team before accepting a golf scholarship to UCLA. During her years in Westwood, she was twice selected to the All Pac 12 conference team (2nd Team as a sophomore and Honorable Mention as a junior) and was part of UCLA’s 2011 National Championship team. Also in 2011, she won the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at the Old MacDonald course at Bandon Dunes. In Brianna’s first year as a professional on the Symmetra Tour she made 4 of 11 cuts, but in her second year, she had 7 top-10 finishes and ended the year 3rd on the money list to gain privileges on the LPGA Tour for the 2016 season. During the Portland LPGA event she qualified to play in the 2016 RICOH Women’s British Open.
Joe Grohman – Joe has been the head golf professional and general manager at Navy Golf Course in Cypress since 1998, and before that was a professional at Long Beach’s Heartwell Park Golf Course from 1995 to 1998. Along with his duties related to successfully running a busy golf course, Joe donates countless hours conducting clinics and other functions that introduce the game of golf to youth, veterans, Wounded Warriors and people with various special needs like stroke and burn victims; this is often done in conjunction with the Long Beach VA Hospital. He has conducted private fund raising to stage many of the activities he has provided, often involving many volunteers from throughout the Long Beach area and has hosted some of these great activities at each of the Long Beach golf courses. In addition to this work, Joe has served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Section of the PGA of America as well as the Section’s Metro Chapter, volunteering for many of their various committees. His list of awards and recognitions is impressive, including the USGA’s 2001 Course and Junior Program “Best in the Nation” award and the 2010 Armed Forces Recreation Special Citation Award - US Navy, which is the military’s highest honor for civilian recreation employees. Also, he received the Southern California PGA’s President’s Award in 2012 and was the Section Golf Professional of the Year in 2013
Gary Wishon – Gary was born and grew up in Long Beach, playing on the golf teams at Wilson High School and Long Beach City College where he was named to the All Metro Conference team in 1969 and 1970. He turned professional and apprenticed under fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame members Monty Blodgett at El Dorado Park GC and Pinky Stevenson at Virginia CC, gaining his PGA membership in 1978. Upon Stevenson’s retirement, Wishon became the Head Professional at Virginia, and held that capacity until 1991. At that point, he decided to give golf course architecture a try and moved to the central coast of California, where he was the Head Professional at Chalk Mountain GC and received a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1999. He his good friend and fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Famer Rudy Duran went into business together, and among other projects they created the River Oaks GC (a 6-hole player development course) in Paso Robles in 2004. Gary returned to the Long Beach area in 2011 and is currently the Head Golf Professional at Recreation Park 18 GC. Since returning to Long Beach he has provided architectural consulting on the renovation of all of the bunkering at “Big Rec”, has researched much of the history of both courses at Rec Park and The Virginia CC, and has provided input on tree plantings and other architectural concepts at all of the Long Beach area courses. Gary was the runner up in the 1989 So Cal PGA Section Championship, losing to Scott Bentley the last year the event was conducted at Match Play, and also garnered runner-up finishes in the Section’s stroke and match play Four Ball Championships. Gary has served on several SCPGA Committees as well as the Section Board of Directors and is considered an excellent golf instructor.
As always, the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will follow the conclusion of the $165,000 Long Beach Open professional golf tournament at El Dorado Park GC on Sunday, July 31st, 2016, at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Bob Livingstone (562) 570-3122
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With the addition of these three individuals, the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame now has 81 members.