2009 Inductee Biographies

John_Mallinger_thumbJOHN MALLINGER – John was born in Escondido, but played his college golf at Long Beach State, where he was a 3-time All Big West selection. Since graduating, Mallinger has made Long Beach his home. He was medallist at the 2005 Canadian Tour Qualifying School, but he earned the nickname “Monday Mally” by getting though several fall Monday Qualifying events and playing in enough Nationwide Tour events in 2005 to earn playing privileges for 2006. He breezed through all stages of the Qualifying School that year to earn his PGA Tour Card. It didn’t take long for him to prove he belonged in “The Big Show”, when he finished 3rd at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am that year, one of 9 top 10 finishes he has recorded so far in his career, including a recent runner-up finish at the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee. Mallinger finished 68th on the money list in 2007, and 98th in 2008. He has also played in three United States Open Championships.

 

John_Merrick_thumbJOHN MERRICK – John was born in Long Beach and attended LB Wilson HS before playing his collegiate golf at UCLA. Merrick won the Moore League High School Championship while at Wilson, won the 2001 SCGA Amateur Championship at La Jolla CC. While at UCLA, Merrick was a three time All-American, and won the 2003 PAC 10 Championship at Glendale’s Oakmont CC. Merrick won a Nationwide Tour event in 2006 and finished within the Top 25 money winners for the year, earning his PGA Tour membership. He decided to enter that year’s Qualifying School in an attempt to increase the number of events he could enter, and it was a good choice, as he finished 4th, dramatically improving his playing opportunities for the following year. Merrick finished 135th on the money list in 2007, but again successfully navigated Q-School that year to improve his position and finished 2008 with 4 top ten finishes, including a tie for 6th at the US Open at Torrey Pines, which earned him an invitation to the 2009 Masters. He finished second at this year’s 50th Anniversary Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Pam Springs.

 

Peter_Tomasulo_thumbPETER TOMASULO – Peter was born in Long Beach, and attended LB Poly High School before entering the University of California at Berkeley to play his collegiate golf. Peter was a four year starter at Cal and captained the Golden Bears to the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2004, and was named an NCAA 1st Team All American that year. Tomasulo earned privileges on the Canadian Tour in 2005, and during a 5-week stretch that summer, he won the Long Beach Open (defeating John Merrick by one shot), the Canadian PGA Tour’s Montreal Open and the Nationwide Tour’s Alberta Classic. Tomasulo was on the Nationwide Tour for 4 years, and after coming close several times, he finally earned his PGA Tour Card by recording seven top 10 finishes and claiming the #11 spot on the Nationwide money list in 2008.

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