2011 Inductee Biographies

Cook1 thumbSteve Cook – A Long Beach native, Steve graduated from Wilson HS ('66), Long Beach City College ('68) and Long Beach State ('73) and was a top golfer at each school. He won the Metro Conference Championship at LBCC in 1968, and while attending Long Beach state, was invited to the NCAA Championship as an individual in 1970, and with the team in 1971. He won numerous junior tournaments before and while in HS and college, and was a 2-time Club Champion at both Recreation Park Golf Course and Los Alamitos Country Club. He also won the 1967 LB City Championship (Match Play). In 1969, he tied for 2nd at the US Amateur Public Links Championship at Downing GC in Erie, PA, and in 1970 was the runner up in the SCGA Amateur Championship at Oakmont CC. He turned professional in 1972, and over the next 18 years participated in the National Open of 33 different countries including the 1972 British Open at Muirfield. Since retiring from competitive golf, he has been an administrator with the Asian PGA tour and the South American PGA Tour, which he helped found.


Eaton2 thumbKathy Eaton – Kathy is a Long Beach native and graduate of Long Beach Poly High School. Even though she does not currently play the game of golf she has been an integral part of the Long Beach golf community through her involvement with the nationally recognized Long Beach Golf Festival for 20 of its 23 seasons. She began as a key volunteer for former directors Chris Neal (a fellow Hall of Fame member) and LeAnn Wong-Shigamoto, serving in various capacities for 10 years. In 1999 she became the Chairwoman of the Long Beach Open Pro-Am Golf Tournament, which has donated over $75,000 to charity during her tenure. Kathy is known for her outstanding organizational skills and was promoted to Assistant Director of the Long Beach Golf Festival in 2003. She assists the current director, fellow Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame member Bob Chaffee, in every aspect of operating each of the championship events that comprise the Golf Festival. Kathy's skills have helped to make the festival an outstanding community event that is enjoyed by hundreds of golfers each year.


Tate1 thumbJohn Tate – A Long Beach native, John has been successful in numerous aspects of the game of golf throughout his like. He was the Long Beach Junior Champion in 1948 & '50, and was Medalist in the 1950 LB City Championship (Match Play) and runner up in that event in 1952. He was a top performer on the Long Beach Wilson High School golf team that won the CIF Championships in 1950, '51 and '52. There was no official State High School Championship in those years, but John's teams were recognized by the Cal Hi Sports publication as the best in the State. John served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, and turned professional when he returned. After a brief playing career, he became a sales rep and designer for First Flight Arnold Palmer and Titleist, and later founded both Power Track Golf and Golf Design, where he patented the extremely popular headwear ballmarker, used by literally millions of golfers. John owns over fifty US patents for golf related equipment.