The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame, created in 1996 to recognize those individuals who “left their mark on Golf in Long Beach”, will be welcoming two new members in 2017. The two new members are Larry Grant and Mike McMonegal.
Larry Grant – Larry was born in Long Beach and introduced to the game at age 12. To afford lessons, he became a caddy at the Virginia Country Club. He has been a member of both Recreation Park and El Dorado Men’s Clubs for many years and won the Club Championship at Rec Park six times and their Senior Club Championship twice. He now lives in Westminster and is a member of Meadowlark Men’s Club where he has won the Club Championship 15 times. He has currently shot his age or better 184 times and has ten holes-in-one, including one on a par 4. He won the Long Beach Men’s City Championship in 1979 and the Long Beach Men’s Senior Championship in 1998 and 2000, and won the Los Angeles County Senior Championship three times (2001, 2005, 2012). He also won the Southern California Golf Association’s Senior Tournament of Club Champions in 2011 and the National Left-Handed Championship in 1995. In 2007 he qualified for the US Senior Amateur Championship at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Kansas and won two matches, advancing to the round of 16.
Mike McMonegal – Mike began playing at age 7 at Skylinks GC; since his dad was a fireman at adjoining Station 19, the course was a natural playground. Through his job as Assistant Golf Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, he has created and manages the LA County Junior Golf program, which has provided instruction and playing opportunities to over 40,000 juniors. Through this program, he mentored many recognized golfers like USGA Championship winners James Oh and Briana Do and local teaching professional Jennifer Birmingham, as well as providing employment to many local players who became golf professionals. The County’s Junior Program won the So Cal PGA’s Bill Bryant Award in 2013 for its contributions to Junior Golf, including the vision for creating and growing the hugely popular Knabe Cup for high school golf. He convinced the County to create a Championship Series with six events for men, women, seniors and teams conducted annually on courses throughout their golf operation. His prior job was working for LB Golf Hall of Fame member Len Kennett at Lakewood CC and despite moving to Eagle Rock for his County job, he has been extremely active with the Lakewood Men’s Club for over 30 years as a member, a Lifetime Member since 2001 and is currently serving as the Club’s President. Mike is also involved with charitable events including as a volunteer instructor at the LA Foundation for the Blind, the Tiger Woods Learning Center and for Wounded Warriors.
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 30th, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m.
The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame now has 83 members.