100 HOLES OF GOLF!

Sacramento Junior Golf Marathon
“100 Holes of Golf”
Bing Maloney Golf Course
Executive 9
November 7, 2020

This is Morton Golf Foundation’s 6th year hosting the Sacramento Junior Golf Marathon where each foursome played “100 Holes of Golf”. Several participants included junior golfers that in the past have been winners of our Junior Golf Development Grants. Also, joining them were several juniors that just wanted to join in the fundraising & play in the event. What a powerful way of junior golfers paying it forward.

“Good Day Sacramento”, KMAX-TV Sacramento’s local morning show met 46 junior golfers including their family & friends to do a live interview on air in their 9:00 a.m. hour. Kenny Castro kicked off the interview telling us why he plays in this event even though he has never applied for a Junior Golf Development Grant. Kenny participates because it supports the juniors he plays in tournaments with and builds stronger friendships. Then Nikki Chindavong told us she is very lucky to have received a Junior Golf Development Grant for the past 5 years. This has given her multiple opportunities to play in more golf tournaments & travel outside of our Northern California area.

The fun continued on the golf course where the players had the opportunity to win several prizes. See the picture attached where on Hole #7, Par 3 each foursome teed off at the same time! In between nervous laughter the winner closest to the hole won a sleeve of golf balls.

‘100 HOLES OF GOLF’ 2020

Please continue to help us raise money for this junior fundraiser by donating here: https://mortongolffoundation.org/donations-sponsorships/


How The Morton Golf Foundation Junior Development Grant Gives Local Junior Golfers Access To Critical Funds To Be Able To Play In Tournaments

Rob Siebers calls it the “make a wish for junior golfers.”

It’s the Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant, based out of the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento. Last year, grants in the form of financial assistance were given to 27 juniors in the area, enabling them to play in both local and national tournaments.

Both boys and girls, ages 10 to 18, are eligible to apply for grants, providing them with the necessary assistance to play a competitive tournament schedule throughout Northern California and around the country.

“It is very, very heartwarming to do this,” said Siebers, a Morton Golf Foundation Board member and the MGF Grant Administrator. “We really stress tournament play, because the biggest battle most kids fight in a tournament is nerves. They get nervous – ‘Oh, boy, this person hits the ball further than I do. They’re going to kill me.’

“The more tournaments you play in, the more you become accustomed to it and you’re not quite as jittery. So we like to have them play in a lot of tournaments. But you don’t want to play in it too many tournaments, as you don’t want to burn out.”

Applications for grants can be submitted online and are accepted annually from October 15 to December 31, according to the organization’s website, mortongolffoundation.org. Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 season.

Grants “are only used for the appropriated purpose of reimbursement of expenses,” and grants “will only reimburse expenses that are eligible under USGA and NCAA rules,” the Morton Golf Foundation said.

The online site, mortongolffoundation.org, has information about the process of applying for a grant, details covering eligibility requirements, grant funding, and eligible junior tours. Interviews are scheduled for both eligible applicants and their parents.

The MGF Junior Golf Development Grant is defined as “financial support for families to help their children learn to compete, develop skills, enhance core values and build lasting relationships through the game of golf.”

The credit for starting the Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant goes to Ken Morton, Sr., said Siebers.

Ken Morton, Sr., is a PGA Master Professional and the Chief Executive Officer for Morton Golf LLC. He was inducted into the National PGA Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Northern California Section of the PGA Hall of Fame in 2019. He was named as the National PGA Professional of the Year in 1998 and has been the recipient of the National PGA Junior Golf Leader Award, National PGA Horton Smith Award for PGA Education, and the California Golf Writers Golf Person of the Year Award.

“He doesn’t like to get credit for stuff. But this was his idea,” said Siebers. “Under his guidance, we started this program. It started out small, as we had five kids the first year. And then each year it seemed to double. We’ve raised more money and we’re giving back.

“If you know Ken well enough, he says, ‘We’re going to make this happen.’ And it happened. He doesn’t like his name mentioned. He doesn’t want to take credit. But a lot of good things spring from his mind.

“As far as I’m concerned, he gets the credit.”

Those eligible must be 18 years old or younger and not having entered college.

Additional requirements, according to mortongolffoundation.org:

  • Families must be residents of the greater Sacramento area, defined within a 50-mile radius of Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, located at 3645 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA.
  • Families must be “in need” of financial support to participate in junior golf tournaments and activities.
  • A junior golfer must have a history of actively participating in golf.

Each grant is based upon individual needs.

Eligible families are reimbursed, as determined by an “agreed-upon golf plan,” for the following expenses, according to mortongolffoundation.org:

  • Tournament registration fees.
  • Transportation to and from travel tournaments for the junior player only.
  • Lodging and meal costs for the junior player only in travel tournaments.
  • Golf equipment.
  • Golf lessons.

A minimum of 50 percent of each Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant must be spent on junior tournaments.

There are several junior tours that golfers can play in. This includes The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour, Sacramento Golf Council Tournaments, Junior Golf Association of Northern California, Junior Tour of Northern California, Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, Future Champions World Tour, US Kids Tour, International Junior Golf Tour, U.S. Golf Association and American Junior Golf Association events.

“We put it out to the general public,” said Siebers, a former member at Rancho Murieta Country Club who now plays out of Haggin Oaks. “Families that have junior golfers can fill out an application to receive a grant. The first thing we emphasize is that it’s not a subsidy, but it’s an enhancement.

“We pride ourselves in trying to define what’s the best thing for the kid.”

Last year, organizers of the Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant interviewed 34 applicants.

There are so many lessons that can be learned from playing golf and being around the game, said Siebers.

“Golf is kind of the game of life,” said Siebers. “It teaches you etiquette. It teaches you perseverance, responsibility and fairness. You can tell a lot about a person from how they conduct themselves on a golf course.”

Siebers’ wife, Jane Siebers, is the executive director of the Morton Golf Foundation, which is now in its eighth year.

“Once we give a grant, we don’t forget about them. Jane and I go out and watch the kids playing in the tournaments,” said Rob Siebers, who retired as president of Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc. “We enjoy meeting the families and getting to know the kids.

“We just want to make sure that we’re spending our money where the need is, where the opportunity is, and where the potential is. The one thing we do insist upon, is that if you’re going to buy equipment, that you get professionally fitted (for clubs).”

The interview committee takes time to talk to each of the junior players about “core value” and what extracurricular activities they are involved in, said Siebers.

“What else are you doing besides golf? Because you can’t just do golf,” said Siebers. “You’re a young person. You should be playing other sports or playing in the band or doing drama. You should have more than one interest.

“If you get to be 16, 17 years old, and you’re really interested in golf and trying to get a college scholarship and all that, then you maybe narrow your focus to golf. But as young people, you’ve got to widen and broaden your experience, broaden your activities. It will make you a better athlete, which will make you a better golfer.

“And so, we really strive giving back. We want to see these kids volunteering, whether it’s for us, or for other things. We stress how important giving back to your community is and giving back to the game of golf.”

Cameron Champ of Sacramento, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, was the first recipient of a grant from the Morton Golf Foundation when he was playing junior golf. Champ won the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa in 2019 and is currently No. 77 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Champ got his start in golf at Haggin Oaks, as he was introduced to the game by his grandfather, Mack Ray Champ. Cameron was with the First Tee of Greater Sacramento and as a junior played at Morgan Creek Golf Course in Roseville and Whitney Oaks Golf Course in Rocklin.

Champ is a 2018 graduate of the Korn Ferry Tour and joined the PGA Tour in 2019.

The Morton Golf Foundation, founded in 2010, “funds programs offering a healthy outdoor recreational environment that stresses the building of lasting personal relationships while seamlessly instilling life’s core values for the youth, disabled, and under-served communities of Sacramento,” according to mortongolffoundation.org.

“Today, the Morton Golf Foundation is helping better the lives of several kids programs, disabled programs and hundreds of underserved individuals each and every year,” the organization said.

There is an upcoming fundraiser for the Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant. It’s the “Kids’ 100 holes of golf fundraiser,” a team event that is scheduled for Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m., at Bing Maloney Golf Course’s Express 9 in Sacramento. It’s a nine-hole executive course.

“We want the kids to get together and have fun,” said Rob Siebers. “The tournament has really two purposes. It’s an opportunity for all the families in the Morton Golf Foundation to get together and talk. The other is an opportunity for the kids to go out and raise money and give back to their own cause. It’s a way for these kids to raise money and give back to golf, because we take that money and then we spend it back on the kids in the form of grants.” For more information, contact Rob Siebers, MGF Grant Administrator, at rjjsiebers@gmail.com; or go to www.MortonGolfFoundation.org; or contact Morton Golf Foundation at 3645 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA, or at (916) 808-0969.

Marty James is a freelance writer who makes his home in Napa. He retired on June 4, 2019, after spending 40 years as a sports writer, sports editor and executive sports editor for the Napa Valley Register, a daily newspaper in Napa County. He is a 1979 graduate of Sacramento State and a member of the California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Association. He was inducted into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in 2016.


2nd Annual “Capital Golf Challenge” Supporting The Morton Golf Foundation Held At William Land Golf Course!

Under the beautiful Sacramento sunny sky on Friday, 9/25/2020 the 2nd Annual Capital Golf Challenge was held at William Land Golf Course.

There were 8 City Elected Officials wearing orange playing a 2-person golf match between 8 County Elected Officials wearing green.

Competition was high spirited, the golf with interesting, and a great time was had by all!

The winning team again this year was the City Team.

The City of Sacramento TEAM name was added to the perpetual trophy that can be seen at City Hall.

CITY TEAM

  • Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
  • Councilmember Rob Fong, Ret.
  • Councilmember Eric Guerra
  • Councilmember Lauren Hammond, Ret.
  • Councilmember Rick Jennings
  • Councilmember Jay Schenirer
  • Councilmember Steve Cohn, Ret.

COUNTY TEAM

  • Supervisor Patrick Kennedy
  • Supervisor Sue Frost
  • SMUD Board Director Gregg Fishman
  • SMUD Board Director Nancy Bui-Thompson
  • SCOE, Brian Cooley, Ret.
  • SJUSD, Richard Launey, Ret.
  • Elk Grove Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen
  • Sac City School Boardmember Darrell Woo

The dollars raised for the past 2 years go toward the construction of a Life and Golf Skills Academy at Hiram Johnson High School. The Community Services Project funds raised will be

Used for the construction project installing Phase 1 of the Stadium Concept which will benefit all students in the Hiram Johnson neighborhood. The Hiram Johnson community will have the opportunity to participate not only in after school golf programs but also throughout the summer months.

The goal is to start construction on Phase 1 in early 2021.

Please take a moment and watch the video at https://youtu.be/OxR4uStkpSE

The 2021 dates secured for next year’s annual fundraiser to help maintain and staff the facility will be on Friday, August 20th at William Land Golf Course.

Hope to see you there!


2nd Annual “Capital Golf Challenge” Supporting The Morton Golf Foundation Held At William Land Golf Course!

Under the beautiful Sacramento sunny sky on Friday, 9/25/2020 the 2nd Annual Capital Golf Challenge was held at William Land Golf Course.

There were 8 City Elected Officials wearing orange playing a 2-person golf match between 8 County Elected Officials wearing green.

Competition was high spirited, the golf with interesting, and a great time was had by all!

The winning team again this year was the City Team.

The City of Sacramento TEAM name was added to the perpetual trophy that can be seen at City Hall.

CITY TEAM

  • Mayor Darrell Steinberg
  • Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
  • Councilmember Rob Fong, Ret.
  • Councilmember Eric Guerra
  • Councilmember Lauren Hammond, Ret.
  • Councilmember Rick Jennings
  • Councilmember Jay Schenirer
  • Councilmember Steve Cohn, Ret.

COUNTY TEAM

  • Supervisor Patrick Kennedy
  • Supervisor Sue Frost
  • SMUD Board Director Gregg Fishman
  • SMUD Board Director Nancy Bui-Thompson
  • SCOE, Brian Cooley, Ret.
  • SJUSD, Richard Launey, Ret.
  • Elk Grove Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen
  • Sac City School Boardmember Darrell Woo

The dollars raised for the past 2 years go toward the construction of a Life and Golf Skills Academy at Hiram Johnson High School. The Community Services Project funds raised will be

Used for the construction project installing Phase 1 of the Stadium Concept which will benefit all students in the Hiram Johnson neighborhood. The Hiram Johnson community will have the opportunity to participate not only in after school golf programs but also throughout the summer months.

The goal is to start construction on Phase 1 in early 2021.

Please take a moment and watch the video at https://youtu.be/OxR4uStkpSE

The 2021 dates secured for next year’s annual fundraiser to help maintain and staff the facility will be on Friday, August 20th at William Land Golf Course.

Hope to see you there!


Morton Golf Foundation President Tom Morton and Team Win Vallara Capital Cup

A HUGE congratulations to our Morton Golf Foundation President Tom Morton for raising $46,464 for the Morton Golf Foundation.

Over the past three days, Tom and his team, the Sactown Scramblers, played in the Villara Capital Cup that has become Sacramento’s largest fundraising event.

Twenty-eight Sacramento area community leaders competed in a 3-day Ryder Cup format tournament. His team, the Sactown Scramblers, came in clutch yesterday and won the tournament.

By winning the tournament Tom’ss 14-man team earned an additional $100k to the charities of their choice. Tom had the most amount of single donations- and the 28 players raised over $1.8 million dollars for charity! 

See Good Day Sacramento’s Segment on the Vallara Cup below:


Morton Golf Foundation Junior Grant Winner is the youngest player in the Men’s CA State Fair Championship

2020 96th Annual California State Fair Men’s Championship at Alister MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, September 5 -7

Jaden Dumdumaya, one of Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant Winners was the youngest player at the age of 14 playing in the Men’s State Fair Championship over Labor Day weekend. He had his older brother Vohn as his caddie to keep his spirits high & any nerves away.

The first day of this 3 day tournament Jaden shot even par, 72 to prove he deserved his spot in this event with every contestant older than him. He was cheered on by his coach, his dad Stan Dumdumaya.

The excitement really kicked in on the 2nd day with his mom, dad, grandma & grandpa cheering him on he shot 4 under for a 68. He made the cut!

The 3rd day Jaden dressed in red, white and blue in honor of Labor Day as he shot 1 over to finish his 3 day round with a 213.

Jaden will sleep well tonight dreaming of more competitive golf tournaments ahead.

Look for Jaden Dumdumaya’s name on more leaderboards to come.


The Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant Applications are now open for the 2021 season.

For more information on how to apply for a Morton Golf Foundation Grant, visit https://mortongolffoundation.org/morton-golf-foundation-grant-application/

Grants to other 501c3 organizations and/or to individuals must first fill out a standard application form, then be approved by the Morton Golf Foundation Board of Directors and finally provide the necessary documentation requested to account for how the funds were used. Applications will be reviewed at quarterly Board Meetings.


Thank You from an MGF Junior Golf Grant Winner

Nikki Chindavong has been receiving a junior golf development grant for the past four years and it has been great to see her grow in both her personality and in her golf game.

Scott Smith and Nikki Chindavong at the 2020 Jr/Sr Funvitational
Scott Smith and Nikki Chindavong at the 2020 Jr/Sr Funvitational

A few months ago, the Morton Golf Foundation connected Nikki with Scott Smith to play in the Jr/Sr Funvitational on July 31, 2020, at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Scott purchased matching shirts for their team (which is a tournament tradition) and the two of them spent a fun day on the golf course for this event sponsored by The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. This duo shot a score of 11 under gross, 16 under net. That day Scott and Nikki bonded through golf and we are sure there will be another match set up for the two of these golfers to play together again soon.

Nikki recently sent a thank you letter to the Morton Golf Foundation and we wanted to share it with everyone here. We were touched by the great art and her kind words:

Nikki Chindavong Thank You to the Morton Golf Foundation
Nikki Chindavong Thank You to the Morton Golf Foundation

“Dear Morton Golf Foundation,

Thank you for everything you do for junior golf. Your endless support and positivity has motivated me through these tough times! The year of 2020 has brought lots of surprises and changes to our lives, however, the Morton Golf Foundation has still tried to make this the best year ever!! I am so excited for the future and to see things go back to “normal”. Thank you for your continuous support 🙂

Best regards,

Nikki Chindavong”


A Request for Your Support

Support Tom Morton, President of the Morton Golf Foundation, as he fundraises for the Morton Golf Foundation during the Villara/DCA Capital Cup this September 25, 26 and 27, 2020.

Hello Morton Golf Foundation Supporter!

Tom Morton

As you may know, I am President of the Morton Golf Foundation and like so many charities we have had to cancel our most important fundraising activities providing key funding for us to enhance and improve the Sacramento community through the wonderful game of golf.

Villara/DCA Capital Cup

Now, more than ever, local non-profits are struggling not only to serve our communities but to just maintain operations. Luckily, I have been given an incredible opportunity to help make up some of this loss by competing in the Villara/DCA Capital Cup, a golf tournament among fellow Sacramento business leaders to raise funds for local charities and non-profits. I am playing for and supporting the Morton Golf Foundation to further our mission of funding programs offering a healthy outdoor recreational environment that stresses the building of lasting personal relationships while seamlessly instilling life’s core values for the youth, disabled, and under-served communities of Sacramento. And if my team wins, the Morton Golf Foundation will receive a share of the $100,000 grand prize!

Please consider making a contribution (of any comfortable amount) through my fundraising page:

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/tom-morton-morton-golf-foundation/tommorton3

All donations go directly to the Morton Golf Foundation, as well as help me win the grand prize on the foundation’s behalf—with every $5,000 I raise in advance, I earn a “mulligan,” which can only help me that much more toward winning a share of the $100,000 grand prize!

Thank you as always for your past support and continued generosity.

All the best,
Tom

Tom Morton | Director of Coaching & Development
Partner, Morton Golf LLC
PGA Master Professional
PGA of Canada Professional
President, Morton Golf Foundation


29th Annual Jr/Sr Funvitational Hits it Right Down the Middle

With all the cancellations happening with COVID-19 it was a pleasure that the fun could continue at the 29th Annual Jr/Sr Funvitational at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA on July 31, 2020.

Jr/Sr Funvitational

It was straight tee times instead of a shotgun start and the lunch & awards could not be held following golf due to social distancing requirements.

Jane Siebers & Michael Alves at the 2020 Jr/Sr Funvitational
Jane Siebers & Michael Alves at the 2020 Jr/Sr Funvitational

All day on the golf course you could hear shouts across the fairway as friends were cheering on their fellow golfers. The format was a 2-person scramble. What a great way to work as a team for all 18 holes.

There were smiles all around as the tournament ended and it was bumping elbows to thank your foursome for a great round.

The day was enjoyed by approximately 100 golfers and several were Morton Golf Foundation Board Members and friends.

Our hats are off to The a First Tee of Greater Sacramento TEAM for putting on another great event. Their continued hard work was well worth it!

Please join us next year at this event as we ALL support junior golf!