Emeritus Class Inductees

    Ernest F. “Ernie” Combs” – At the age of 15, Ernie Combs won the California Junior Championship at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey. At the age of 17, he partnered with reigning British Open Champion Walter Hagen to defeat Leo Deigel and former state junior champion Les Hensley. Ernie won numerous events at match play and in stroke play had several rounds that were course records at the time including Virginia CC and Catalina Island CC. He won the 1933 Men’s City (Match Play) Championship.
     
    Irving Cooper – Irv was a Wilson HS graduate, who also played at Long Beach City College. He won two LB City Junior Championships and the 1952 Long Beach City (Match Play) Championship. At one time he held the course record at Recreation Park GC of 63. He was the runner up to Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member Ted Richards in the 1953 US Amateur Public Links Championship at the West Seattle GC (where he set an all-time USGA record with a 12 & 11 victory in the semi-finals). He twice won the Los Angeles City Men’s Championship.
     
Connie Freeze Westover sm    Connie Freeze-Westover – Connie was a member of original Long Beach Golf Commission representing the newly opened Skylinks and El Dorado Golf Courses and was one of the people very responsible for creating the Long Beach Women’s City Championship contested over all three of the City’s municipal golf courses.
     
    Henrietta Holden – Henrietta was the driving force behind the establishment of the Women’s Club at Skylinks Golf Course and was the Club’s first appointee to the Long Beach Municipal Golf Commission, where she served for 12 years. She was also one of the women responsible for creating the Long Beach Women’s City Championship.
     
    Joe Nichols – Joe won the Long Beach City (Match Play) Championship in 1930, 1932 and 1934. Joe moved from Long Beach to Arizona to become an instructor and gained some notoriety for teaching the "rotor swing". He taught some of the early members of the LPGA Tour including 1979 US Women's Open champion Jerilyn Britz.
     
Boots Porterfield sm    Walter "Boots" Porterfield – Porterfield was the CIF Individual Champion and a member of Wilson High School’s Championship teams in 1942, 1943 and 1944. He turned professional and Apprenticed under George Lake at Recreation Parks GC. He played briefly on the PGA Tour in 1951 before running out of funding, and then took a job at Milwaukee CC for Manuel de la Torre. He won the 1954 Wisconsin State Open Championship played at his home course. He moved from Milwaukee to Oregon and worked at several clubs in the Eugene and Grants Pass areas. He passed away March 9, 2012.
     
Anne Wallace Hedly1 sm    Anne Wallace-Hedley – Anne began playing at the age of 11, after taking lessons from fellow Hall of Fame member Monty Blodgett who was the head professional at Virginia CC where her family had a membership. She won numerous So Cal Junior Golf Association tournaments, but in the pre-Title IX era of the late 1960s, there was no place for her to play golf in high school. After being denied the ability to try out for the Long Beach Poly High School golf team, Anne was part of a group of 6 girls (including Laura Baugh) to file grievances against the local and state CIF, that eventually dovetailed into the passage of Title IX – although she was already out of high school. She was a 4-time winner of the Virginia Club Championship, two-time winner of the El Niguel Club Championship and numerous top 3 finishes in city championships throughout the southland, and won the 1981 Mid-Winter Championship at the Los Angeles Country Club. In 1988, Anne was the first woman to apply for a Junior Membership at Virginia CC, but was rejected only to become the first female member of Old Ranch Country Club in 1990. In 1993 she began writing fiction and was published in numerous national magazines and had columns and articles published in the Orange County Golf Magazine and LA Times Magazine.