7th Annual “The Putting Party”

The Morton Golf Foundation Putting Party might be the happiest event of the year!

The 2018 Putting Party was held on September 19 this year and featured 18 holes of putting, scramble style, with a group of friends, under the lights on the putting green at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. The course played challenging this year, and we even witnessed some scramble three putts (especially from my team). But in the end, the best putters of the night were TEAM BONNEVILLE who this year called themselves “Weapons of Grass Destruction” – and consisted of the players Steve Cottingim, Katy Brown Jones, Dell Goetz, Oscar Chiarella and Brandon Bettar. CONGRATULATIONS! They received the perpetual trophy which will be displayed in their offices and will be returned next year when they will try and win it all over again.

A unique feature of “The Putting Party” is that everyone can play. You do not have to be a golfer to enjoy this putting party. In fact, each year we receive feedback from some of the corporate-sponsored teams. In 2018, we heard “All year the golfers in our company get to play in the various golf tournaments, but the Morton Golf Foundation Putting Party is the event we get to enjoy each year, and we do not even play golf.” Golf continues to be a game for everyone, and we are so fortunate to be involved.

Please join in September 2019 for the 8th Annual Putting Party as the fun continues.

-Mike Woods


The 6th Annual Putting Party

Morton Golf Foundation congratulates the 2017 Putting Party winners, TEAM Willie Baroo

What a memorable night for the 6th Annual Morton Golf Foundation Putting Party. On September 20, 2017 on the MacKenzie Putting Green at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento Kings’ Superstar Doug Christie talked about his love affair with the great game of golf and offered his predictions for the 2018 Kings season. Leah Woods started the event with the singing of the National Anthem, and then it was time to putt. Everyone attending felt so lucky to have both Doug and Leah on hand to enhance the event.

22 TEAMS enjoyed a shotgun start on the putting course, playing a 5-person scramble format. Some of the holes produced many aces, and others produced only a few. At the end of the evening, two teams shared the lead with a wonderful score of 7 under par.

Congratulations to the 2017 Champions – William Land Golf Course putting under the name TEAM Willie Baroo.

The Morton Golf Foundation raises money through “The Putting Party” to support the Veterans’ Golf Program, Special Olympics of Northern California and the California Eagles Program. We were honored to have Chris Paulsen speak about his experience with golf and the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program following his military service. I think everyone in the room was touched by Chris and his story. What a wonderful reminder of the important role that golf plays in many of our lives!

Hope to see you next year for the 7th Annual Putting Party in September, 2018.


Putting Party 2016: Team Boutin Jones was Unstoppable!

With over 110 putters competing for the title, and having so much fun along the way, it was clear that the best putters this year at the 2016 Putting Party were on the Boutin Jones Team.
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The 2016 Putting Party For A Cure was another huge success. The night kicked off with special guests from the Sacramento Kings, Garrett Temple and Bryan Gates. Garrett and Bryan shared their personal journey through golf and their excitement for the upcoming NBA season. Next, the putters enjoyed the putting course, trying to make as many one putts as possible in the scramble format. With Frank LaRosa announcing the music on, the Putting putting-party-kings-2016Event always feels like a big party. After the putting fun, the party moved to the Haggin Oaks Pavilion for dinner and awards. The night was highlighted by Morton Golf Foundation recipient Shamar Knox sharing his involvement in golf and his bright future.

Of course the night would not have been possible without the support of all the players and sponsors, especially the title sponsor Boutin Jones. The important funds raised through the event are specifically raised to support the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento, Special Olympics of Northern California, and the California Eagles Programs.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Article created by Morton Golf Foundation Vice President Mike Woods.


The 4th Annual Putting Party Fundraiser for Morton Golf Foundation

SpecOlyPuttathan 078Each fall Morton Golf Foundation plans “The Putting Party” which is a fundraising evening to raise charity dollars for the Morton Golf Foundation. On Wednesday, September 30, Mike Woods created 18 putting holes on the putting green with string, props and funny figurines. We call it the Mike Woods Signature Course! Each putting hole is sold to a corporation for a total of 18 TEAMS.

The event was kicked off with a putting clinic given by PGA TOUR Professional Kevin Sutherland who not only plays on the Champions TOUR but is also a Morton Golf Foundation Board Member.

He gave everyone there putting tips to help their “TEAM” on their way for the 18 putting holes ahead.

At the end of the 18 putting holes the WINNERS were determined:

  • 1st Place went to: “Beauty & the Beasts” which was made up of members of the Executive Committee of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
  • 2nd Place went to: “Bing Bombers” which were the 2014 putting winners from last year
  • 3rd Place went to: “River City Bank Putt-hers” that consisted of all women golfers

Amber Holwell from River City Bank’s TEAM remarked, “The Putt-hers had a great time and cannot wait for next year’s event.”

When the evening was winding down and people were leaving, Jane Siebers stopped the 1st Place WINNING TEAM “Beauty & the Beasts” as they were walking out with the perpetual trophy. She asked them to please leave it here and she would have a plaque made with their names on it to be displayed for the entire year in the MacKenzie Sports Bar and Grille at Haggin Oaks. That all chimed in that they had a Board meeting in the morning and it was very important that the trophy be displayed at their meeting. The trophy is now back on Jane’s desk and ready to have the 2015 WINNERS plaque made so the display trophy can be seen and enjoyed by all.

Please join us next fall for “The Putting Party”. This event is made for the “fun” and not the score.