2004 Inductee Biographies

Mike Krantz c 1970 thumbMIKE KRANTZ – Mike began playing golf at age 16 and was part of the 1970 State JC Champion team at Fullerton College before transferring to Long Beach State. As a 49er, he played in the NCAA Championship as an individual (finishing 10th) and was named an All American.

He won the 1972 Men’s City Championship and was low amateur in the inaugural Queen Mary Open, where he shot a then course record 64 in the second round. After turning professional, he won the 1975 Queen Mary Open and traveled to the many tours in Asia and South America for eight years. His overseas wins included the 1978 Dunlop Match Play, 1979 Thailand Open and 1980 Otago Charity Classic. He partnered with Simon Owen to win the New Zealand Team Match Play, defeating British Open winner Peter Thompson and US Open Champion Kel Nagle. He qualified for two British Opens, at St. Andrews and Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

At one time he held the courses records at Skylinks, El Dorado, Los Alamitos and the Navy course, and recorded 5 holes-in-one. He was the head golf instructor at both Los Alamitos (1981-1986) and Skylinks (1986-2003), and volunteered at Heartwell with their junior golf program.

 

Mike_Miles1_04_thumbMIKE MILES – Mike was an All American at Long Beach State in 1982, and played on the PGA Tour for 2 years. Mike qualified for the US Open in 1986 and 1987. The first time he qualified for the Open, he set the course record at both the Zaharias and Eisenhower golf courses at Industry Hills in the first-stage qualifying event, winning the medal by 9 shots.

Mike turned from playing professionally to become a respected teaching professional at the Virginia CC, and began playing in SoCal PGA Section events. He has had many Section triumphs, the most notable being a win in the section Championship in 2009. This was also the year that Mike qualified for his third US Open (winning a playoff at the Sectional Qualifier at Saticoy CC) and qualified to play in the PGA Championship, after winning a playoff at the PGA Club Professional Championship.

 

Kemp_Richardson_thumbKEMP RICHARDSON – A Long Beach native who prepped at Millikan, Kemp was a three time (freshmen couldn’t compete back then) All Pac 8 golfer at USC, as well as a two-time All American (2nd Team in 1967 and 1st Team in 1968).

Kemp’s fluid swing and great touch around the greens (especially for a big man) led him to many championships, but the highlight of his career was winning the US Senior Amateur in 2001 at Norwood Hills CC, in St. Louis. Not only was this the pinnacle of Kemps’ golfing career, but when added to his father John’s Senior Am championship 14 years earlier, it made the Richardsons the first father-son championship duo in USGA history. For good measure, Kemp won the Senior Am again two years later at The Virginian Golf Club in Virginia.