2000 Inductee Biographies

Harriet_Glanville_2000_thumbHARRIET GLANVILLE – Harriet was the player to beat throughout the 1960s and 70’s in Long Beach and regional women’s golf circles.

Her list of victories included six Long Beach Women’s Amateur crowns, four So Cal Women’s Publinx Championships, four Los Angeles Women’s Senior Championships, and she was the club champion at each of the three Long Beach Women’s Clubs (Recreation, El Dorado and Skylinks).

Nationally, she qualified for the US Women’s Amateur 14 times, and played in the US Women’s Open as an amateur.

 

Ruth_White_Miller_2000_thumbRUTH WHITE MILLER – Ruth was a 30 year resident of Long Beach and won over 30 women’s championships during her competitive career.

The titles she captured included: The LA City Women’s Championship, Women’s SoCal PubLinx Championship, WSCGA Championship, WSCGA Women’s Senior Championship, Women’s Pasadena City Championship and the Women’s California Amateur Championship.

 

 

Joe_Robinson_2000_thumbJOE ROBINSON – After earning his stripes at the Bel Air and Brentwood Country Clubs, Joe Robinson was hired as the Head Golf Professional at the Virginia CC in October of 1947, and he served in that capacity for over 14 years.  He used his connections to bring Hollywood stars like Johnny Weissmuller and Burt Lancaster to the VCC member-guest tournaments, and he also convinced professional athletes like Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch to visit the Club.  In 1953, as the result of a shortage of caddies, Robinson convinced the Board of Directors at Virginia to approve the purchase of two “power-driven golf mobiles” and his merchandising savvy ensured that the golf shop at Virginia became a significant revenue producing entity for the course, and his pro shop served as a model for clubs across the southland.

Ron was among the wave of golf professionals who recognized the importance of juniors to the growth of the game.  Along with fellow professionals Bud Oakley and fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member George Lake, he founded the Long Beach Junior Golf Program based at Recreation Park in the 1960s, and worked with USGA members Bill Bryant and Ralph Miller, to create the Southern California Golf Association in the mid 1960s, which provided competitive golf opportunities to hundreds of young golfers.  According to son Ron, “my dad was determined that everyone would get a trophy, and if it was possible to have a Pee Wee defeated division, he would have it.”

Joe was recognized as the Southern California Golf Professional of the Year in 1960, and was inducted into the Section Hall of Fame in 1986.  Joe left Long Beach in 1961 to join the partnership that built Jurupa Hills CC in Riverside, and his family is still involved with that facility.