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Author: Charlie Hanger
The 86 boys who came to Houston for the Mack Champ Invitational last week faced stiff competition, rough conditions and a new three-round format.
For the first time, the MCI at Memorial Park Golf Course was an all-boys event. The MCI for Girls will be played April 13-15 at The Club at Carlton Woods, site of The Chevron Championship, the first major of the LPGA Tour season.
The weather was a challenge. The players had to battle through rain, low temperatures and high winds all week. In the end, two Texas natives came out on top, with Shiv Parmar winning the 13-18 division and Isaiah Diaz winning the 12-and-under division. Parmar, from the San Antonio suburb of Selma, shot 4 under over three rounds to hold off defending champ KJ Ofahengaue by a shot.
Diaz, from Del Rio, shot 65 in the third round to finish 4 over and win the 12-and-under division.
This was the most competitive MCI yet, with 20 rounds of par or better despite the challenging weather. Seventeen of the 25 high school seniors in the field have committed to play college golf. This was also the first year the tournament featured three rounds, which meant players could earn World Amateur Golf Ranking points.
Read more about the tournament at mackchampinvitational.com.
Paul Kerner is joining the Cameron Champ Foundation as Director of Coaching and Community Engagement.
Kerner recently graduated from the PGA Golf Management program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a member of the golf team and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He will be working out of Foothill Golf Course and will lead the development of our foundation’s junior golf programs.
Originally from Crofton, MD, he says he is looking forward to playing an integral role in the foundation’s mission of making golf accessible to underserved and underrepresented communities.
“As a minority golfer and graduate of an HBCU with many years of experience in the golf industry, I understand the need to diversify not only the people who play golf, but also the people who work in this amazing sport,” he said. “I look forward to increasing minority participation in the Sacramento area and beyond, and to making golf a more inclusive environment.”
We are excited to announce that Daniel Bryant will be joining the Cameron Champ Foundation in January as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.
Bryant, a longtime supporter of Cameron’s journey and our foundation, recently retired after a career of nearly 40 years at State Farm Insurance. He also has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, having served in national and local roles for the 100 Black Men of America and on the boards of Pre-Collegiate Programs at Sonoma State University, the Sonoma County School to Career Program, and Goodwill Industries Redwood-Empire.
We look forward to having Daniel on our team and are excited to see how his extensive experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds can help us continue to serve the youth of our community.
The Mack Champ Invitational is introducing significant changes in 2023 that will give our junior golfers even more opportunities to shine.
We are creating a separate girls’ event in April that will be played at the site of The Chevron Championship, the first major of the LPGA Tour season. Our boys’ event is adding a third round, which means players can earn World Amateur Golf Ranking points, a first for the MCI.
What a thrill to see these great junior golfers moving on to college competition! We’ll be following them all and can’t wait to see what they do on the course and in the classroom.
- Sofia Bastidas, Arkansas State
- Rory Bennet, Lamar
- Maya Beasley, Richmond
- Marlon Jones, San Jose State
- Emily Mayne, Howard
- K.J. Ofahengaue, Utah Tech
- Brenna Preap, Grand Canyon
- Andrew Reyes, Rutgers
- Trey Rusthoven, Central Michigan
- Matthew Vital, Temple
- Michael Vital, Temple
- Haven Ward, Denver
The Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America sent volunteers from all over Northern California and Nevada to Foothill for a “field day” on October 24. It was a great day for the Foundation and the course, and Good Day Sacramento came out for some on-location reporting.
At the Cameron Champ Foundation, we believe all families deserve to enjoy a wholesome meal together during the holidays. With the support of the community, we hope to provide 500 meals for families in need this Thanksgiving.
From Nov. 1-18, we encourage you to make a donation through the form below or to drop off donations at the address below between 8:30am and 5pm.
- Stuffing mix
- Instant potatoes
- Canned sweet potatoes & yams
- Canned vegetables
- Canned gravy or gravy mixes
- Cans or boxes of broth
Foothill Golf Course
7000 Verner Avenue
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Cameron Champ Foundation EIN: 83-3654069
The Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is sending volunteers from all over Northern California and Nevada to Foothill Golf Course for a “field day” this Monday, Oct. 24.
The Sierra Nevada Chapter and its members are donating equipment, labor, and products to help improve the turf surfaces at Foothill through the aerification of greens, tees, and fairways, as well as overseeding teeing surfaces and applying nutrients to the entire course.
The Sierra Nevada Chapter of the GCSA is made up of golf course superintendents, assistant golf course superintendents, equipment managers, greenkeepers, and affiliates of the golf industry who are dedicated to advancing the golf profession, promoting the growth of the game through inclusion and diversity, and thereby improving communities through the vitality of the game of golf.
The field day will be an annual event, which over time will help promote sustainability and environmentalism at Foothill, which serves as home base for the Cameron Champ Foundation.
We owe a huge thanks to the local golf courses, private clubs and vendors who have shown their support for Foothill Golf Course and the Cameron Champ Foundation!
Field Day Partners
On Saturday, Oct. 1, we hosted more than 90 local kids for a golf festival at Foothill Golf Course.
They came in two waves from some of our favorite local nonprofit partners, the Ticket to Dream Foundation and City Life Sayonara Center. The kids practiced their golf skills, played the course, shared laughs with friends and mentors, and even got a new pair of shoes from our friends at BEARPAW.
What a great day! Thanks to all of the sponsors and volunteers who made this great event possible.
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