Golf & Guitars XVI

Big names, great people, and a good cause—what better two days could country music fans ask for?

Last week was the annual Golf & Guitars country music festival at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. For two days, country music stars and fans descended upon the course for one heckuva shindig and raise money for a good cause!

On Monday, VIP Golf & Guitars ticketholders were treated to dinner and an intimate evening with several country music songwriters. Before the musicians took the stage, the Morton Golf Foundation announced their 2024 scholarship winners. Once the presentation was over, it was finally time for the country music to begin.

Artists came out in groups of 4, each playing their own songs and assisting the other musicians on stage. Among those featured were Chris Roberts, Craig Wayne Boyd, Johnny & Heidi Bulford, Erin Enderlin, Mae Estes, Amanda Gray, Elena Jane, Austin Jenckes, Lauren Mascetti, Kevin Post, Kennedy Scott, and Scott Stepakoff.

Tuesday started at 9am with the annual Golf & Guitars charity golf tournament. After mingling with fans before the opening ceremony, the players all hit the links to raise money to benefit charities of their own choosing.

Like always, fans were welcome on the course during the tournament as spectators. There were groups set up on holes, ready to collect their favorite musician’s signatures as they played through. Many of the players took the time to stop and talk with their fans and thank them for coming out (or snap a selfie or two!). The mood was lively, welcoming, intimate, and above all else—fun!

That mood carried well on through the day, all the way to the main event. At 5:30pm, bands took the stage to perform. For nearly 5 hours straight, live country music rocked from the stage. Nothing could stop this party—not even a little unexpected rain!

Of course, Golf & Guitars is a charity event and the true winners were the charities benefitting from the event. During the main concert, Jason Michael Carroll and KNCI radio hosts Tom and Cody presented a special gift to members of PGA Hope, a non-profit organization that helps wounded veterans. Each PGA Hope member in attendance received a custom PING Hooferlite bag and roaring applause from the crowd. The Northern California PGA also received a $29,000 check for an adaptive cart that their program highly needed.

Next, it was time to announce the winners of the golf tournament. In 5th place was Mae Estes, winning $2,500 for Creativets. Tied for second place were Kennedy Scott, Erin Enderlin, and Eric Gunderson, winning $4,000 for Rahab House, Songwriting with Soldiers, and Augie’s Quest respectively. In first place was Chris Roberts, winning $6,000 to keep the Apollo Middle School Choir’s program.

With its sixteenth year behind it, Golf & Guitars has raised nearly $2 million dollars for charity since it’s inception. It is a wonderful event that both musicians and fans are proud to be a part of and this year was no different.

Make sure to follow Golf & Guitars on Facebook to learn when Golf & Guitars XVII will be!


Golf Fore Health Finishes Spring Season

On June 26th, 2024 “Golf Fore Health” finished their Spring Session in anticipation of the Fall Session starting back up in September.

The sun was out, the participants showed up in record numbers as everyone was ready to play 9-holes of golf.

Ken Hurdle, Lead Coach came up with a great idea of at the end of each session he ends it with a “Hot Dog Scramble”. Each participant gets to bring one caregiver to help guide them through their round along with the volunteers.  After golf everyone goes into the MacKenzie Sports Bar & Grille to enjoy a hot dog as a group.  The laughter and friendship are truly the best part when you see everyone saying goodbye in hopes of seeing their golf partners soon. 

The participants enjoy the program so much that in-between sessions Coach Ken Hurdle organizes “Summer School”.  This is a way to practice your golf skills with volunteers and leaders every other Monday morning before the start of the next fall session.

This is a wonderful way to rehabilitate through the game of golf and not in a doctor’s office.

Please join in the fun, meet new friends, and improve your golf game.

Just contact the Northern CA Institute of Golf Desk inside the Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop or call (916) 808-2531 to find out more.

Hope to see you there!

5th Annual Capital Golf Challenge

The 5th Annual Capital Golf Challenge was played in conjunction with the 100 year Centennial Celebration of William Land Golf Course on Saturday, June 8th, 2024.

Group of golfers on golf course

Under the beautiful Sacramento skies the City Elected Officials -vs- the County Elected Officials competed in a Ryder Cup format in a fundraiser for the newly built Hiram Johnson High School Life & Golf Skills Academy.

For the past 4 years this fundraiser has raised nearly $300,000.00 to make this state of the art practice facility become a reality.  The goal is to keep this fundraiser going every year to help maintain and staff this practice center.

The City Elected Officials are proud of winning this format 4 times to the 1 time that it was won by the County Officials.

We can’t wait to see a high school golf team established as it puts Hiram Johnson High School on the map.

To donate to this on-site project Click HERE . Under the event type in Hiram Johnson Facility.

Thanks for your support!

“The Putting Party” Annual Fundraising Event for Morton Golf Foundation

The Putting Party at Haggin Oaks held on May 15 was a fun and fabulous fundraising event!

The putting course was created, the putting teams arrived and everyone was ready to party.

Four golfers high fiving on the putting green

This annual fundraising event was created to educate our local businesses on what the Morton Golf Foundation is all about.

Each corporation pays $1,000.00 to participate as they bring their 5-person putting team.  It’s a scramble format & the idea is each team has 5 chances to putt the ball in the hole with the least amount of strokes.

This year’s winners were from Boutin Jones Inc who were also the drink sponsor for the evening.

Everyone was putting, laughing and having a great time on a beautiful warm Sacramento evening.

The proceeds from this year’s fundraiser went toward PGA HOPE which is a nonprofit that stands for Helping Our Patriots Everywhere.

The crowd of 100 people was silent as their representatives told their stories on how PGA HOPE makes a difference in their lives.

Please join us next year by contacting Jane Siebers at

Del Paso Foundation Scholarship Now Open for Applicants

The Del Paso Foundation golf scholarship application is now open.

Del Paso Foundation Scholarship

Del Paso Foundation Logo In Green with Golf outline

Del Paso Foundation offers the R. B. “Bud” Roberts Memorial Scholarship. They are a public foundation that will award scholarship funds and grants to support Sacramento area youth engaged in the golf, hospitality, and food service industries. In addition, children in need and youth golf participants are also eligible to receive the Foundation’s scholarship funds and grants. Scholarships and donations will be awarded at the Foundation Board’s discretion and based on need and academic achievement. The Foundation Board will support the Sacramento community and choose recipients from the Sacramento area.

Application Checklist

To be considered for a scholarship award, the following items must be sent to the address below.
Complete all sections of the application
A personal essay
Official, sealed copy of the most recent high school or college transcripts
Proof of Enrollment or Acceptance for upcoming Semester
Two letters of recommendation; one must be from a teacher

Mail your completed application and additional elements by the deadline of June 15, 2024, to:
Del Paso Foundation
3333 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
Attn: Ellen Phillips

*Deadline to apply is June 15th, 2024

Good luck to all who apply!

Hiram Johnson Golf Facility Ribbon Cutting

Today, April 24, 2024 was a wonderful day at Hiram Johnson Golf Facility Ribbon Cutting.  For the past 10 years a vision was created and now a reality has begun.

Over 10 years ago the idea came about regarding bringing the golf course to the school and letting high school students have an opportunity to experience not only the game of golf but also the First Tee’s nine core values helping students grow on and off the course.

Morton Golf Foundation has been fundraising for the past four years to sustain this facility once it was completed and now, we can start doing that process.

In early April, 2024 the First Tee – Greater Sacramento began mentoring and guiding Hiram Johnson High School students in the game of golf.

As the facility continues to grow, they will be adding not only after school programs but weekend and year-round golf skills as well.

Today at the Ribbon Cutting, Principal Garrett Kirkland enhanced the event by having Hiram Johnson students attend the event to see and hear what was created for them. To kick-off the ribbon cutting we were entertained by the Hiram Johnson School Band that added to our excitement.

We all look forward as we continue to watch the Hiram Johnson Golf Facility grow!

First Annual Sacramento Junior Championship Presented by Morton Golf Foundation

The first annual Sacramento Junior Championship was held at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on March 28 – 31, 2024.

AJGA Logo Red on white background

In the fall of 2023, two members of the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) came to Haggin Oaks to discuss with Morton Golf Foundation thoughts about hosting an AJGA junior tournament at Haggin Oaks.

Morton Golf Foundation had the vision of knowing they wanted to allow junior golfers to participate in the best competition at the most prestigious junior tour in the United States right here in Sacramento. This allowed several junior golfers in Northern California to sleep in their own bed and compete on a golf course they had competed on before. The seed was planted, and a five-year commitment contract was signed.

The first annual AJGA tournament was held at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on the MacKenzie Golf Course on March 28 – 31, 2024. The field featured 96 juniors, ages 12-18, with a mixture of boys and girls. The excitement was overwhelming as the junior players anticipated that this tour would have college coaches looking at the players in the hope of offering college scholarships.

AJGA tournaments are played all around the United States. The AJGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women players. The mission of the AJGA Foundation mirrors the mission of Morton Golf Foundation. When AJGA staff stepped onto the property of Haggin Oaks and began working with the Morton Golf staff it was seamless in providing a first-class event.

We are all excited for the future AJGA events at Haggin Oaks as we continue to give junior golfers their opportunity to shine.

Mark your calendar for April 17 – 20, 2025 to see the BEST junior golf talent playing right

A “Hoppy” 27th Annual Easter Egg Hunt At Haggin Oaks!

The 27th Annual Free Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt started under cloudy skies. As the 6,000 plastic eggs were laid out for age 0-10 kids the sun started to come out. As the sun continued to shine the families came out in droves to enjoy the greatest Easter Egg Hunt ever.

The lines of families coming out to enjoy the FREE pancakes was as long as the eye could see.  Everyone was smiling & laughing as they watched the colorful Easter Bunny make her way to hug each child see saw.

As the families enjoyed the delicious pancakes flipped by Chef Blanca they all had the opportunity to color their placemat.   Then it was on to the start of the Egg Hunt near Hole #1 of Arcade Creek Golf Course.  As the kids were waiting for the clock to tick to 11:00 am for the egg hunt to start they all made sure they signed their name in chalk so the Easter Bunny knew they were there.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible. It takes an entire TEAM as we all believe in giving back to our Arden-Arcade community.

Mark your calendar for April 13th, 2025.  

Hope to see you there!

Abigail Lin Advances to Drive Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta

Local Junior Golfer from Folsom, CA Abigail Lin Advances to Augusta in the Girls 14 – 15 Age Division.

Abigail Lin, Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant Winner advances for the National Final Competition at Drive, Chip & Putt on Sunday, April 7th, 2024.

At Chambers Bay, her fourth appearance in Drive, Chip & Putt regional qualifying, Abigail Lin of Folsom, CA made her dream come true of winning to move on.

“It was the first time I hit all 3 drives in the grid”, says Abigail.   “That was really good, actually.  It gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the competition.”

Abigail Lin has been a Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golf Development Grant Winner since 2019.

Continued good luck to Abigail representing our Greater Sacramento area!

Local Charities Win BIG During Capital Cup Charity Tournament

The 8th Annual Capital Cup Charity Tournament was held on September 15, 16 & 17, 2023 with the new title sponsor of L5 Investments.

This year’s 32 participating golfers raised $1,847,396.00!

In the past, this is the largest charity event in Sacramento. This event annually raises more charity dollars than the May Big Day of Giving.

Each participant pays a $2,500.00 fee to participate in the fundraiser. This fee covers all event administration and operations costs allowing 100% of raised dollars to go directly to each player’s charity.

I am sure it’s fun for the 32 players to play 3 competitive rounds of golf in 3 days but the real fun is watching each charity receive their WINNING check!

From the Board of Directors at Morton Golf Foundation we would like to thank everyone who donated, participated & supported us on our successful journey.

See everyone next year!