2002 Inductee Biographies

Roland_T_Davis_02_thumbROLAND T. DAVIS – Roland Davis coached the Wilson High School Golf Team from 1932 to 1962 and won nine consecutive CIF Southern Section boys golf championships from 1938-46) and 17 total, as well as a record 19 consecutive Moore League Championships. He is also a Charter Member of the CIF Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

BK_Jones_thumbB. K. JONES – B. K. Jones was the right man at the right time. Hired as the Superintendent of Golf for the City of Long Beach in 1958, he was instrumental in the creation of the golf operation that today’s Long Beach residents enjoy, as Heartwell Park GC, Skylinks GC and El Dorado Park GC were all opened during his tenure.

 

 

 

 

Les_Padfield_2002_thumbLES PADFIELD – Les was a founding member of the Skylinks Men’s Club, and served as the Club’s Charter Secretary-Treasurer in 1959. He continued on the Board through 1965, serving as Handicap Chairman, Tournament Chairman, Vice President and President.

From 1964 to 1966, he was the Clubs’ representative to the SoCal Publinx Golf Association, and served as a member of their Board of Directors during that time as well. He was a 9-year member of the Municipal Golf Commission including 7 years as Chairman, and as a City liason was part of the group that organized the Queen Mary Open in 1972, and he served in various capacities with the tournament for its first nine years. Les had the idea of creating a Stroke Play City Championship that played one round on each of the City’s regulation golf courses and was also heavily involved with the administration of that event as well as the Women’s and Junior City Championships.

Les eventually joined the Virginia CC and has been active on many of their committees as well as the Southern California Seniors Golf Association.

 

Tiger2_2002_thumbELDRICK "TIGER" WOODS – Tiger Woods’ accomplishments and career statistics are well chronicled, but not everyone knows that his first round of golf was played on the front nine of the Heartwell Park GC in Long Beach, or that that is also the course where he made his first birdie.

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Tiger and Rudy Duran
Growing up, Tiger honed his game at Heartwell, including taking lessons from fellow Hall of Fame member Rudy Duran. He also played Recreation Park in matches while attending Western HS and played in the Southern California Junior Match Play at El Dorado Park GC while playing in southern California junior tournaments.

In April of 2001, the Tiger Woods Foundation held one of its four annual junior golf benefits at El Dorado Park GC, where 40 local youths received over an hour of one-on-one instruction from Tiger, and over 2,000 children and adults watched his clinic on the El Dorado driving range.

It all started in Long Beach….