What began with college pride has evolved into a charitable boon.

Founded in 1978 by Southland golf icon Eddie Merrins and philanthropist John Anderson, the Friends of Golf organization has grown to being one of the most potent proponents of the game’s future.

When Merrins, then the UCLA men’s golf coach and head professional at Bel-Air Country Club, and Bruins’ alumnus Anderson began Friends of Golf (FOG), the aim was to raise funds for the university’s golf program. But the decades since have seen the charitable endeavor soar with all the rise of a perfectly struck iron shot. [READ MORE]


If there ever was a Friends of Golf event to attend, it was the one on February 22nd!

There is not a young golfer, playing in high school today that does not dream of winning the U.S. Amateur. The winner is invited to The Masters and is virtually guaranteed sponsor exemptions to play on the PGA Tour.  Winning the Amateur is the culmination of everything they worked and sacrificed for during high school.

As you may know, the long-term goal of FOG has been to provide access to ALL young golfers, regardless of their economic circumstances, to turn their dreams of winning the Amateur into reality.

So, for the first time in its history, FOG honored THREE U.S. Amateur winners at the Bel-Air Country Club for its 37th annual FOG Charity Golf Tournament extravaganza. The current NCAA and 2015 U.S. Amateur champion, Bryson de Chambeau, along with John Cook, the 1978 champion and Jerry Pate, winner in 1975.

Their presence highlights what will become the starting point for the 2017 U.S. Amateur, which will be held for the second time (first in 1976) at the Bel-Air Country Club!  You could say this year is the year of the amateur golfer in Southern California.

THE KEN VENTURI “Spirit of Giving” AWARD

In 2012, for the first time in its history, Friends of Golf (FOG) created the inaugural Ken Venturi “Spirit of Giving” Award. This award was created to honor Ken Venturi and his lifelong commitment to be an inspiring and motivating force for young golfers everywhere.   Ken was a Friend of FOG for many years—almost since its inception. Through the years, he graciously contributed his time and energy to support the mission of FOG by attending the event every year, conducting clinics for the players, and attracting many of the top professional golfers to contribute their time and interest to fostering good will for the young amateur and college golfer.  Each new year, FOG honors another individual who represents similar values and devotes their life to giving and inspiring young golfers everywhere.

The 2016 “Spirit of Giving” Award recipient was Rick Taylor (CEO) of Konica Minolta.  

LONGTIME SPORTSWRITER and Member of the Golf Writers Association of America Describes First FOG Tournament and Banquet Experience 

Visit FOG’s “IN THE NEWS” page to read this and other newsworthy articles. [READ MORE]

The BEN HOGAN Trophy

What do Vince Lombardi, John Heisman, Bronco Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik, Dick Butkus, Ronnie Lott and Ben Hogan all have in common? They are all named for the most recognized college sports awards in the country. Ben Hogan was arguably the best golfer in history, yet few golfers (let alone ordinary Americans), are aware of the Hogan Trophy

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