The Sacramento Golf Marathon “100 Holes of Golf” Benefitting the Morton Golf Foundation

The annual Sacramento Golf Marathon is coming to the Arcade Creek Golf Course at Haggin Oaks on Monday, November 13, 2017.

The Sacramento Golf Marathon is a fun and easy way to raise money to support youth, disabled and underserved in the Sacramento area.  Funds raised by this event will support organizations such as; Junior Golf, Special Olympics, Society for the Blind, Wounded Warriors and many more.

There are two easy ways to participate in the Sacramento Golf Marathon;

1. Make a tax free donation to the Morton Golf Foundation. Click on the link below to make a donation.

2. Put a team together to play in the Sacramento Golf Marathon.  A team can be 2 to 4 players.  The goal is to play 100 holes as fast as possible.  There are no rules, no lost balls (just drop another ball) and no score keeping.  Just track the number of holes you play.  And even better, if your team has 4 player, you need only play 25 holes per person and the 100 hole marathon is complete.  Raise funds by having family and friends support your efforts. A sample letter is  below. EACH TEAM MUST DONATE A MINIMUM OF $500.00 TO COMPETE IN THE SACRAMENTO GOLF MARATHON.

To enter your team in the Sacramento Golf Marathon please contact Rob Siebers at: rjjsiebers@gmail.com before November 1, 2017

Teams will meet at 6:30 am in MacKenzie’s Sports Bar & Grille at Haggin Oaks.

Donation Link:  http://mortongolffoundation.org/donations-sponsorships/

Sample letter:

Family, Friends and supporters…

The 4th Annual Sacramento Golf Marathon (100 Holes of Golf) is right around the corner!  This year on November 13th at Haggin Oaks Arcade Golf Course I will join the many golfers participating in the Golf Marathon to raise funds for youth, disabled and underserved. The Morton Golf Foundation insures that 100% of the funds raised through the Sacramento Golf Marathon are donated to these causes!

Our goal this year is to raise +$35,000 and my personal goal is to raise $———. With your help we can support junior golfers, youth, disabled and underserved.  Over the past four years we have raised close to $100,000!!!

All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE and can be completed by going to the website below.  Any amount, however large or small is greatly appreciated and will go directly to help many of Sacramento’s youth…Please go to the Morton Golf Foundation website below:

Click on the following link: http://mortongolffoundation.org/donations-sponsorships/

  • Fill in name, email, address and phone information
  • Under contribution type, click donation button
  • Fill in donation amount and BE SURE TO FILL IN REFERRED BY/SPECIAL EVENT BOX  (fill in name of Marathon participant you are supporting)
  • Click Submit
  • Fill in credit card information
  • Click  “Donate”
  • Once donation is complete, you will receive your tax receipt via email.

Thank you very much for your consideration!


Special Olympics are Back at Haggin Oaks!

Morton Golf Foundation is proud once again to be a sponsor for the Special Olympics Northern California Sacramento Golf Regional Competition held at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on September 15, 2017.

The sun is shining, the weather is cooler and the athletes are out! This is a very special day where we see Special Olympic Athletes come together for golf, sportsmanship & “fun”.

The fun starts when you arrive in the morning and see the athletes gather as TEAMS in their matching shirts to get ready for the day ahead. Several of the athletes perform golf skills at the back of the driving range while others play a round of golf on the Arcade Creek Golf Course at Haggin Oaks. No matter where they are and what they do, they all end up together to enjoy a BBQ luncheon at the end of the event as they share stories on how well they golfed.

Morton Golf Foundation continues to be eager to sponsor this powerful event. We see Special Olympic Athletes, Care Givers and Volunteers as equals all participating in the fun.

Friendships are made each year and the special part is to meet back again the following year.

Thank you Special Olympics Northern California from your friends at Morton Golf Foundation as we look forward to seeing you back next September!


Morton Golf Foundation Junior Golfer Makes First Hole-in-One

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Courtney Cervellin was playing a junior tournament in the JTNC (Junior Tour Northern California) on the MacKenzie Golf Course at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex when she scored her first Hole-in-One!

Courtney approached the #14 tee box from the 4 oaks tee, 156 yards, par 3 and struck her 9 iron and it rolled right into the cup.

She has had this same shot hundreds of times… this time it just happened to go in.

When you see Courtmey, be sure to stop and congratulate her and let her know how proud everyone is for her.

Great job, Courtney!


Morton Golf Foundation Junior Richie Gibbs Wins Overall at El Macero CC

On Monday, June 19, 2017, when the temperature reached 110 degrees, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento had a tournament stop at El Macero Country Club for the Junior Tour.

The temperature might have been scorching but the junior players were ready to show off their golf skills.

Richie Gibbs, one of our own Morton Golf Foundation junior players, was proud to take home an Over All WIN for the age group of 14 – 18, shooting 71 for 1 under par.

Richie has been a volunteer for the Morton Golf Foundation since the foundation started 8 years ago. He is very happy and eager to volunteer for any and all events on and off the course.

As the Morton Golf Foundation continues to grow, look for Richie either in a volunteer status or playing on the golf course representing the Morton Golf Foundation. We are very proud of what Richie has accomplished and know there is a lot more on the horizon for Richie.


Morton Golf Foundation Alumnus Receives Award

Morton Golf Foundation Alumnus Sarah Debnekoff saves a life

sarah_groupA few weeks ago, Sarah Debnekoff’s mother, Pam, sent Jane Siebers a text asking if she and her husband, Rob, would attend a “Life Saving Award” presentation. This presentation would be put on by the Sacramento Metro Fire District and Anatolia Homeowners Association honoring Sarah Debnekoff. Immediately, they said yes. Sarah has been a volunteer with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and with the Morton Golf Foundation since she was 9 1/2 years old.

Last summer, Sarah took a job as a lifeguard in her neighborhood community of Anatolia in Rancho Cordova, CA. There was an incident where a boy was drowning and Sarah saved him by giving him CPR while 911 was called. The boy is now doing well and enjoying life with his family.

sarah_lifesavingawardAt the age of 9 1/2, Sarah Debnekoff and her family moved to Sacramento. At that time, Sarah’s interest in golf peaked and they found local golf programs for Sarah through The First Tee of Greater Sacramento at the William Land Golf Course. Through this beginning, years of golf programs, tournaments, many friendships & mentoring began.

Sarah has had many accomplishments through her time with The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and Morton Golf Foundation. She has helped raise thousands of dollars for junior golf. One of her greatest achievements was winning a full ride golf scholarship to Morehead State University in Kentucky. Today, she is a junior and playing on the Women’s Golf Team. Also, when Sarah graduated from high school, she was awarded the “Community Service” Scholarship from Morton Golf Foundation to further her education. Her goal is to go into the health care field where she will continue to help and mentor others along her way.

Sarah is a remarkable young women that continues to live by the core values of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento and Morton Golf Foundation that she was taught as a child. Everyone at the Morton Golf Foundation is so proud of her and wishes her continued success as she continues her journey.


3rd Annual Sacramento Golf Marathon “100 Holes of Golf” a Resounding Success

sgm-shamar-2016The Sacramento Golf Marathon was created to help raise money to fund junior golf grants given out to junior golfers between the ages of 8 – 18. These grants are financial support for families to help their children learn to complete, develop skills, enhance core values and build lasting relationships through the game of golf.

On Monday, November 14, 2016, 7 adults committed to playing “100 Holes of Golf” as they asked for donations and pledges from friends and families that would help support this mission. As the weeks passed, the e-mails were sent and donations came in and the financial total started to rise. In playing the “100 Holes of Golf” we make sure everyone knows there are no rules, no score and no lost golf balls. You just tee off and get the ball in the hole. The golfers all carry several experienced golf balls with them as they play and most golf balls are donated along the way.

sgm-girls-at-bing-2016When the junior golfers started to hear about the “100 Holes of Golf”, they and their families were eager to join in and play to help grow junior grants. The only stumbling block was the kids were in school on Monday, November 14. Quickly a second date was added for Saturday, November 12, 2016, for the juniors, their friends and families to play on a day they were available to help raise even more money to fund junior golf grants for 2017. Twenty three juniors and participants joined in on a beautiful sunny Saturday at the Bing Maloney Golf Course in Sacramento, CA! The excitement and speed was at an all-time high. As a spectator, I kept hearing as groups whizzed by that it was the perfect time to make a “hole in one” as they were playing on the E-9 at Bing Maloney Golf Course which includes several par 3’s.

We even had a couple of foursomes that decided to play their “100 Holes of Golf” at their own course and donate the proceeds back to the junior grant programs. Either way, the junior golfers are the true WINNERS!

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If you would like to play in our next “100 Holes of Golf”, the date for 2017 is already set! Mark your calendars for Monday, November 13, 2017 and join us at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Contact Rob Siebers at rjjsiebers@gmail.com for more information.

Thanks for believing in our mission as Morton Golf Foundation continues to enrich lives through the game of golf.


3rd Annual Sacramento Golf Marathon being held on November 14, 2016 at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

On Monday, November 14, 2016 there will be several golfers that will be playing our Golf Marathon,  “100 Holes of Golf” to help raise money to give back to junior golf grants through Morton Golf Foundation.

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Picture from last year’s 100 Holes of Golf

A junior golf grant is defined as financial support for families to help their children 18 years old and younger to learn to compete, develop skills, enhance core values & build lasting relationships through the game of golf.

As each golfer tees off to play their “100 Holes of Golf” there are no rules. The only object is to get the ball in the hole. There are no lost balls. There is no score. There are no time frame. Everyone is out there to have fun and support junior grants. Each group that is out there will have a volunteer ahead of them to let golfers on the course know that the marathon golfers are coming through. Last year Tom Morton and Mike Woods played their 100 holes in record time. The golfer never waits. Just hit the ball and keep moving. Your 100 holes are done in no time. Feel free to add any players to your TEAM to help you play the 100 holes of golf.

The Sacramento Golf Marathon that day is played on the MacKenzie Golf Course, Arcade Creek Golf Course and The Putting Course near the driving range. Everyone is there as a fundraising event and to support Morton Golf Foundation.

For more information and to sign up please contact: Rob Siebers, rjjsiebers@gmail.com


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.


Special Olympics Regional Golf Competition at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

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As the Special Olympic Athletes were gathering their teams and several volunteers were meeting early this morning the air was cool and the winds were blowing. It was getting close to the time to play golf.

img_0464Every person arrived with a smile on their face and a positive attitude. What a pleasure to be gathered in a group of people where everyone wants to be there. It was now time for the Athletes to recite the Special Olympics creed along with our National Anthem. Tom Morton, President of Morton Golf Foundation added a few kind words to thank everyone for coming and wishing everyone a fun day. At this time Tom Morton announced “Let the Games Begin” and everyone was off.

A few hundred Special Olympic Athletes, Caregivers & Volunteers headed to the back Driving Range & Academy Holes to show off their golf skills. They competed in a variety of different golf skills in the hopes of winning their medals which each winner wears proudly.

There was  a large group of more experienced Athletes that competed and played 9-holes of golf with a partner on the Arcade Creek Golf Course. Their golf scores reflected the fun they had as more medals were won.

img_0468Morton Golf Foundation is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2016 Special Olympics Sacramento Regional Golf Competition.
What an honor and privilege to see several of the same Athletes return each year.

We are happy to call these Athletes our friends.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!


Morton Golf Foundation Supports Special Olympics Polar Plunge Fundraiser August 15th, 16th & 17th

Morton Golf Foundation is very proud to support the Special Olympics in a 3 day fundraiser at “Taste of Tuscany” restaurant in Antelope, CA.

Spec Oly TorchOne of Morton Golf Foundation’s very own Special Olympic Athlete, Jonathan Sparks came to us for an idea for a fundraiser for him to raise money to compete in a Special Olympic event called the Polar Plunge next February at Nimbus Dam in Folsom. The Owners of “Taste of Tuscany” restaurant Jeremy & Natalee Price offered to host their restaurant for 3 days by giving 20% of anyone’s food bill to support Special Olympics.

Spec Oly Connie's groupLast night around 4:45 p.m. Jonathan Sparks arrived with Special Olympic posters, winning medals around his neck & wearing his Special Olympics shirt that was given to him for participating in the torch relay last year for the summer games. By 5:30 p.m. close to 60 friends of Morton Golf Foundation had flooded their restaurant in support of Special Olympics. Jonathan was so proud as he went table to table to welcome everyone and thank them for coming.

Spec Oly Rob & JonathanWhen Jonathan left for the evening he was confident and so proud as he was well on his way to meeting his financial fundraising goal.

Morton Golf Foundation wishes to thank “Taste of Tuscany” and Special Olympics for giving Jonathan Sparks another opportunity to shine.