Born in Sacramento, Tom has been around golf at Haggin Oaks since the age of 5. Tom’s golf career was fostered through the Haggin Oaks Junior Golf Programs and his father, five-time national PGA award winner, Ken Morton, Sr. Tom has played tournament golf since the Little Linker program at age 7, leading him to the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Tour and American Junior Golf Association events. His scholastic achievements and golf game enabled Tom to receive a golf scholarship to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he played competitively for 4 years. Today, Tom is the Vice President of Player Development for Morton Golf, LLC.
As President of the Morton Golf Foundation, Tom is heavily involved with both fund development and dispersing of funds to those organizations that are using the game of golf to enrich lives.
In 1997, Mike was named the Head Golf Professional at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA. Today, Mike is the Director of Golf at Haggin Oaks and a partner with Morton Golf, LLC. Mike has become an expert in golf course operations, including tournament operations, pro shop operations, range operations, retailing, club repair, club fitting and golf instruction. Some of Mike’s career highlights include:
- 2008 PGA of America Merchandiser of the Year Award recipient
- 2007 NCPGA Merchandiser of the Year Award recipient
- 2004 NCPGA Horton Smith Award recipient
- 1998-2008 Sacramento Golf Council Member
- 1998-2008 California State Fair Championship Tournament Director
Terry is the President of Morton Golf LLC, and has over 30 years experience working with all aspects of golf course operations. As the Chief Operations Officer with Morton Golf with company oversight, he is committed to cost-effective management of resources and quality performance. He takes pride in monitoring behaviors through Morton Golf's Core Values and he monitors the results of Morton Golf through his vast knowledge of software/hardware platform implementation, insurance/banking review and implementation, information technology development, and food & beverage/catering operations.
Terry is an affiliated member of CMAA – Club Manager Associations of America and the NGCOA – National Golf Course Owners Association.
Ken Morton, Jr.
Ken handles the retail and marketing day-to-day operations for Morton Golf LLC and has become an active voice in the golf industry through his work in education and the Association of Golf Merchandisers. He has given seminars to PGA sections and AGM groups and is a contributing writer to many golf publications, including The Merchandiser, Golf Pro Magazine, Golf Business, Golf Today and more. Under his guidance, the Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop has won the Golf Digest/Golf World Business Top 100 Golf Shop Award an unprecedented 25 consecutive times. His creative promotional and event ideas have garnered national attention. In 2000, he was named as one of the 40 most influential people in golf under the age of 40 by GolfWeek Magazine. He was also a Board of Directors member of the AGM and in 2001, won their Excellence in Education Award. In January of 2006, he became the organization's President. In 2006, his book The Little Book Of Big Golf Promotions was published and has become the leading industry resource for marketing and promotional concepts. He followed it up with The Little Book of Big Golf Promotions II- A Second Helping in 2009 and The Little Book of Big Golf Promotions III- A Third Helping in 2011. He also writes for several country music publications including That Nashville Sound, Nashville Scene, The 9513, Saving Country Music and Engine 145. He has helmed the annual Morton Golf Foundation fundraiser, the Golf & Guitars Music Festival, since its inception.
Ken Morton, Sr.
As the most-awarded golf professional in the history of the PGA, Ken Morton, Sr.’s impact in the game of golf cannot be overstated. He has won five national awards including the prestigious PGA Golf Professional of the Year award and been inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame and California Golf Hall of Fame. He also founded SAY Golf in 1983 which would become the model by which The First Tee was designed. With nearly sixty years at the helm of Haggin Oaks, his legacy extends a far reach across the game of golf and now even further after he started the Morton Golf Foundation in 2008.
Brian Casey has over 20 years of experience securing private gift support for charitable organizations. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Planned Giving at UC Davis. In this role, he provides leadership for the Office of Planned Giving with a focus on building a proactive gift planning program. His strength is building relations & utilizing planned giving strategies to help donors incorporate their philanthropic passion into their financial & estate planning goals. Prior to joining UC Davis, he served in a planned giving role at two land-grant institutions – first at Iowa State University & most recently, The Pennsylvania State Universitiy.
Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Iowa State University. He is married with two daughters. When he’s not spending time with his family, you will find him on the golf course.
Julius Cherry retired from the Sacramento Fire Department at the rank of Fire Chief in 2007 after more than 30 years of service. Prior to becoming Chief, he held the ranks of Firefighter, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assisant Chief and Deputy Chief of Support Services. Julius has also been a practicing attorney for 25 years, handling a variety of civil matters. In August, 2015 Julius was selected by his peers to be named one of Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers in his field. He is the CEO of The Cherry consulting Group, which provides advisory services on local government issues. Julius also teaches business law as an adjunct professor for the Los Rios Community College District.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Julius attended night school to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law & a Bachelor of Science in public administration from California State University, Sacramento. Julius is married with three daughters, one son and four grandchildren.
Community Program Ambassador
Kelli is extremely passionate about junior and disabled golf. She is the Director of Programming for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and the Director of Junior and Disabled Golf for Morton Golf, LLC. She believes that the life skills taught along with the inherent core values of the game are key in a participant’s success not only in golf, but also throughout life. She herself was a participant in The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and it was through that participation that her love of working with children and the disabled grew into a career.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Christian “Kirby” Dusel, his wife of 18 years (Angela), and two children (J.R., 15 years old; and Emily, 13), live in the Arden Park neighborhood. Kirby graduated from Jesuit High School and the University of California, Davis. He is also an avid golfer and enjoys time with family and friends, softball, baseball, snowboarding and boating along the Sacramento River. Kirby is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals’ fan and enjoys watching sporting events of all kinds. Kirby is also co-founder and Vice President of Pacific Energy Advisors, Inc., having spent nearly 20 years working in California’s electric utility industry, providing consulting services focused on resource planning and energy procurement, contract negotiation and administration, and program/project management.
Dr. Michael Fazio is the owner and Medical Director of the Skin Cancer Surgery Center of Sacramento. He attended California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, where in addition to pursuing an undergraduate degree, he also played intercollegiate baseball. Dr. Fazio transferred to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he finished his undergraduate studies and went on to earn a Medical Doctorate. He completed his internship at UCLA, his residency in dermatology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and a fellowship in Mohs micrographic and plastic reconstructive surgery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Fazio moved to Sacramento in 1991 and opened his private practice specializing in Mohs micrographic and plastic reconstructive surgery. He is married to Linda and has three adult children and two grandchildren. Dr. Fazio enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, working out, guitar and of course, golfing. He has always had a passion for helping others and it is his privilege and honor to serve on the Board of Directors of the Morton Golf Foundation.
Born and raised in the Silicon Valley and introduced to the game of golf at age 7 by his grandfather, Dylan has spent 15 years in the Restaurant/Catering/Hospitality business. He graduated from the The Golf Academy of America in 2001 and was hired on at Morton Golf, LLC as the Tournament Director for Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course in 2001. In 2005, he was promoted to General Manager at Bartley Cavanaugh. Dylan has been a Golf Industry Professional for 16 years and is a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Association of Golf Merchandisers.
Kathleen Foley has close to 30 years experience in leading sales, service and marketing teams, including 17 years in the healthcare industry. As Vice President, Corporate Accounts, at MEDIQ/PRN Life Support, Ms. Foley directed a team that retained and grew a $100,000,000 account portfolio of essential hospital buying groups. She led the asset management team of 115 employees with an innovative program that helped hospitals with equipment utilization lowering hospitals operational expenses by 30%. As Vice President of the Sacramento region for Nelson Human Resource Solutions, Kathleen provided leadership and coaching resulting in improved business results. In this role, Ms. Foley created and implemented new business through prospecting, networking and building strong client relationships.
From 2003- 2010, Kathleen served as a Vice President with Maloof Sports & Entertainment, an experience that culminated with her leading the ticket sales and service efforts for the Sacramento Kings and Monarchs. Kathleen has a passionate approach to helping others and specializes in coaching and building relationships that are mutually beneficial. She is known for her optimistic outlook, passion for helping others and the ability to connect those in business with the needs of the community.
Kathleen Foley graduated from CSU, Chico with a Bachelors degree in Communications and Sports Administration. Kathleen is an avid golfer and is passionate about helping others through the great game of golf.
Robert King Fong
Rob Fong is a third generation Sacramentan. He is married and has 2 children. Mr. Fong earned a degree in political science with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from U.C. Berkeley in 1981. He graduated from the U.C. Davis King Hall School of law in 1984, and practiced civil litigation and business law until 2009 with the law firm of Ryan & Fong. In 2009, Mr. Fong started RKF Consulting, his own lobbying and consulting firm.
Mr. Fong was elected to the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Trustees in 1998 and served as Board President from 2003 through April 2004. In March 2004, he was elected to the Sacramento City Council. In 2006, he was elected to the position of Vice Mayor. Mr. Fong was re-elected to serve a second term on the City Council in June 2008 until December 2012.
Mr. Fong retired from politics in December 2012 after 14 years of public service and returned to the private sector where he provides legal, lobbying and consulting services to a select clientele.
Frank LaRosa truly is an ambassador of golf in northern California. While you may recognize his voice from ESPN Radio's 'Golf To Go', he is a writer, contributor, video producer, host of KVIE-TV's Tee Time television series, radio host, photographer and more - and he has used his talents to promote the game of golf for many years. He is also owner of Frank LaRosa & Associates Advertising/Marketing Agency. Frank has been honored by the NCPGA Section as only the 13th Honorary Member of the Northern California PGA since 1924. He admittedly lacks the ability to 'say no', and his generous spirit has been realized by several local charities over the years.
Greg Parry is the owner and clinical director of Parry Physical Therapy & Athletic Enhancement, Inc. He and his clinic specialize in the treatment of orthopedic injuries and in consultation on fitness and performance with athletes, including many of Sacramento’s most accomplished professional and collegiate athletes. In addition to being a physical therapist, Greg has contributed to his profession as an educator and consultant and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Titleist Performance Institute professional. He has developed his treatment techniques and philosophy on five continents.
Greg earned his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1987. Following his matriculation, he spent the subsequent four years in Italy and Denmark both playing and coaching basketball and returned to the United States to earn his Master’s degree from Duke University. He arrived in Sacramento with his wife Ingrid in 1996 and currently spends as much time as possible with his wife and three sons, particularly since his sons are now old enough to golf! With whatever free time is left, Greg does as he has for the past 25 years, whether it is founding, cooking or coaching youth baseball and basketball.
Bob Rubin is with Boutin Jones Inc. and has been a tax attorney for more than 40 years. Bob grew up in Chicago, started playing golf in 1966 and was a caddy and caddy-master. Bob went to Marquette University of undergrad and law school where he had the pleasure of watching Al McGuire coach basketball and of playing pick-up basketball with Rick Majerus. Bob won an Evans Scholarship, which is awarded by the Western Golf Association to faithful caddies who have financial need and good grades. Bob moved to Sacramento in 1983. Bob plays golf regularly, but not much better than he did in 1966.
- Current Administer and Committee Member for Morton Golf Foundation
- Current Marketing Events Coordinator for Morton Golf LLC
- Past Events Coordinator for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Fund Development/Jr. Golf Grant Administor
- Sales consultant
- MGF Junior Golf Grant Administrator/ Grant Writer
- MGF Volunteer
- UC Davis Volunteer
- Past President/CEO Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc.
Kevin Sutherland joined the MGF Board in 2014 as an Honorary Board Member. He has been a PGA Professional since 1992 and actively plays on the Champions Tour.
Kevin was born in Sacramento & graduated from Christian Brothers High School. He attended Fresno State University & made their golf team as a walk-on Freshman. While attending Fresno State, he gained All-American status twice to become the most successful player ever to have spent time there.
On August 16, 2014, during the 2nd round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, Kevin became the first person on the Champions Tour to shoot 59, -13 on the par 72 course.
Andrew Wilson has been the General Manager for the last 6 years at the Bing Maloney Golf Complex. Andrew is an active member in the Club Manager Association of America and a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association. He is also an award-winner in the Association of Golf Merchandisers. Andrew has been a volunteer for the past several years for the Morton Golf Foundation. His specialty has been putter fitting and in 2011, he was named as one of the top ten putter fitting instructors in the country by the SeeMore Putter Company.