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!


Morton Golf Foundation 2020 Scholarship Winners

The Morton Golf Foundation along with Golf and Guitars and Air Force One Golf is incredibly pleased to announce our 2020 Educational Scholarship Award Winners.

This year we raised over $48,000 towards Educational Scholarships for area high school seniors. We want to recognize these exceptional students for their hard work and dedication to their education.
Our eligibility requirements have each student ranking in the upper part of their class scholastically, with a 3.0 or better GPA. Each of the winners have must have outstanding personal character, sportsmanship, and leadership qualities, and participated in
any NCGA, TFTGS, or high school golf program for at least one event, program, or membership year or worked at a golf facility.

Our 2020 Scholarship Winners:

“Dusel Family Scholarship” $5000 Award Winner – Carly Krause

“Pat Mailey Memorial Scholarship” $4000 Award Winner – Benjamin Ainsley-Zoll

$4000 Scholarship Award Winners – Amand Siy

$3,500.00 Scholarship Award Winner

“Jane & Rob Siebers Community Service Award” -Ashley Knepshield

$2,500.00 Scholarship Award Winners –

Alyssa Yee

Jared Tungol

McKenna Schinderle

“Kevin Sharp Memorial Scholarship” $2500 Award Winner – Hannah Lee

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Grayce Honsa

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Carter Wilson

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Emma Frank

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Gabriel Silveira

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Damon Bartells

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Michael Wicks

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Sydney Becker

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” – $1500 Award Winner – Mikaela Paracuelles
Mikaela Paracuelles $1,500.00 Vista del Lago UC Santa Cruz

$1500 Scholarship Award – Amy Whelan

$1,000.00 Award Winners –

Collin Yee
Yusuf Ahmed
Arturo Zavala
Macy Anderson

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” $1000 Award Winners Mia Gribskov

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” $1000 Award Winner – Mason Mancasola

“Governor’s Cup Foundation Scholarship” $1000 Award Winner – Sid Brown

“Bosley Electric Scholarship” – $1000 Award Winner – Birdie Brown

Morton Golf Foundation is proud of all of our scholarship winners and wish them all the best as they move onto college.

The Morton Golf Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit corporation established and operated exclusively for charitable purposes. The Morton Golf Foundation vision is to enrich the lives of the less fortunate through the great game of golf.

About Morton Golf Foundation:
Our Mission is to provide funds to 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 underserved communities of Sacramento. If you have any question, please direct them to Jane Siebers at jsiebers@hagginoaks.com


The Morton Golf Foundation Looks Forward to Seeing Everyone Soon

It was a perfect afternoon to be out on the golf course on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Sacramento, CA, sharing a game we all enjoy with special friends.

When we finished our golf round there was not any shaking of hands or high fives. We ended with friendly smiles and wishes on when to schedule our next round.

We all can’t wait to see each other, play more golf, and just talk about do you remember when?

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!


Comforting Words During COVID-19

Jonathan Sparks, a Special Olympic Athletes and Morton Golf Foundation supporter, shares words of encouragement with our MGF supporters, family, and friends:

During this uncertain and frustrating time, let us remember what makes Special Olympics great is that we are a family. So let us look to each other for support! Even when things look dark, there will always be a light. Remember the Special Olympics Torch represents faith and hope! When I get frustrated or even overwhelmed, God always takes care of me or uses me to be a light for others. Let us pray for each other and our nation.

Your Friend,

Jonathan Sparks


The 2019 Junior Sacramento Golf Marathon’s “100 Holes of Golf”

The 2019 “100 Holes of Golf” Sacramento Golf Marathon – Junior Event was held on the Bing Maloney Golf Course on November 2, 2019, and it was a tremendous fundraiser for the Morton Golf Foundation.

2019 Junior Sacramento Golf Marathon - 100 Holes of Golf
2019 Junior Sacramento Golf Marathon – 100 Holes of Golf

The pictures tell the true story. Over 30 juniors, family members, friends, and coaches participated in this annual event by paying it forward for the foundation. They all played “100 holes” on the E-9 at the Bing Maloney Golf Course and collected donations as they educated more people about Morton Golf Foundation. This event will continue each year because it is so powerful to see the juniors working toward their future in this wonderful game of golf.

2019 Junior Sacramento Golf Marathon - 100 Holes of Golf
2019 Junior Sacramento Golf Marathon – 100 Holes of Golf

100% of all donations from this event goes back to support the Junior Golf Development Grant program.


Richie Gibbs Named 2019 Morton Golf Foundation Volunteer of the Year

Since the very beginning of the Morton Golf Foundation in 2009, Richie Gibbs has been a Volunteer Leader. With every event and at every fundraiser, Richie is the first one to say, “What’s next?”

Richie Gibbs named 2019 Morton Golf Foundation Volunteer of the Year. Pictured left to right: Tom Morton, Richie Gibbs, Rob Siebers
Richie Gibbs named 2019 Morton Golf Foundation Volunteer of the Year. Pictured left to right: Tom Morton, Richie Gibbs, Rob Siebers

For the past 7 years (since he was 9 years old) Richie has been on Hole #14 during the Morton Golf Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, Golf & Guitars hitting drives and raising funds for the Foundation.

Richie is one volunteer that no matter what the task he is “in” for it all.

The Morton Golf Foundation is very proud to award Richie Gibbs with the 2019 award for 2019 Volunteer of the Year award.

Continue to look for Richie around Morton Golf Foundation events. He has a lot more to give!


2019 Jr/Sr Funvitational was a Huge Success

What happens when you mix 132 golfers with the same number of frozen Snickers bars? This combination always equals a successful equation for the Jr/Sr Funvitational.

On June 28, 2019, all participants gathered at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, CA, for a golf tournament demonstrating skill, sportsmanship and most importantly, fun times for all!

Cobra/Puma was the main sponsor of the event on this mild Friday morning which featurs junior players with their ‘senior’ partners.

Morton Golf Foundation was at the registration area early to greet everyone. As soon as the golfers drove off to start their 7:30 a.m. shotgun, the Morton Golf Foundation TEAM slipped off to decorate the “candy cart”. Each year the Morton Golf Foundation TEAM visits every golf hole to thank all the participants for coming out. The best part is that the TEAM offers each group a highly anticipated and much appreciated frozen Snickers bar. For those golfers that prefer a healthier alternative, Reese’s peanut butter cups were offered. 🙂

The Morton Golf Foundation TEAM are also some of the judges for the “Team Spirit” category. This is where each 2-person team has the opportunity to participate in dressing alike to add spirit to the event.

Before we knew it the golf round was complete and we were off to the luncheon.

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento gives out their annual college scholarships along with winning prizes for all age categories.

For next June, start thinking about who your partner will be for in your 2-person team & how you can create sportsmanship for the “Team Spirit” award.

Hope to see you there!


21st Annual Haggin Oaks Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast Huge Success

Thanks to all the Morton Golf Foundation juniors and their families as they helped putting on this “fun” event.

The sun was shining, the 6,000 plastic eggs were laid out for the Egg Hunt & the pancakes were fluffy & tasty. Nearly 1,000 people joined in the family activity as we all waited for the count down for the Egg Hunt at 11:00 a.m. sharp. As the 6,000 plastic eggs were quickly picked up with several of them being prize eggs with special gifts to win.

Easter Bunny will be back next year to see everyone for more spring like weather & more eggs to hunt.

Happy Easter from everyone at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex.


Paradise, CA High School Golf Team Gets Re-Outfitted by Morton Golf Foundation

Morton Golf Foundation and COBRA-PUMA Golf Help the Paradise Golf Team After the Camp Fire

As everyone in Northern California knows by now, the recent fire in Paradise, CA, dubbed the Camp Fire, has been a devastating one. Paradise is located about an hour north of the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, and the continued reports and smoke that’s engulfed the valley are a grim reminder each day to its wrath. It has been reported that roughly 95% of the kids that go to Paradise High School have lost their homes and all their possessions. The 501 c3 Morton Golf Foundation wanted to step up and bring a sense of normalcy to some of the families that are undergoing almost unbelievable hardship. The board decided unanimously to utilize some of the 501 c3 funds raised during May’s Golf & Guitars Music Festival to have the boys’ golf team come down and be outfitted with new equipment and uniforms with Morton Golf Foundation covering the cost. When the Morton Golf Foundation reached out to the VP of Sales for COBRA-PUMA Golf, they stepped up and agreed to be our partner on this initiative – without any hesitation. Each member of the Paradise Golf Team and their families will also receive an invitation to Golf & Guitars to recognize them and give them something special up on stage during the event as well.

This video illustrates the impact of this gesture. Tom Mailey of KNCI’s morning Pat and Tom Show came over and filmed a short piece with Assistant Coach, Steve Suihkonen, and his son, Chase, from the Paradise High School. It details the Suihkonen’s personal experience and harrowing escape from the fire and has some personal photos of their loss. They were overwhelmed with the experience yesterday and reiterated over and over again how much this meant to them. Thank you to the whole board for helping make this happen. It’s appreciated!