The Organization

Friends of Golf (FOG) supports scholastic golfers with resources, equipment and programs so that they can compete and excel in a sport that promotes character, integrity and fellowship.

THE ORGANIZATION

What started out as a one-day local golf tournament, organized to raise money and equipment for boys and girls in southern California who lacked the resources to participate competitively, has turned into a nationwide fundraising juggernaut focused on bringing golf to all youth throughout the United States.

 

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Our Story

Since 1986, FOG has been working closely with the CIF to provide high school boys and girls the resources to play competitive high school golf. Not all students can afford to play golf, yet many have the talent and the desire. FOG has provided funds, equipment and other resources to the three most prominent southern California CIF sections. Every year students and coaches throughout the region send letters thanking FOG for their support and recognizing that without FOG many teams and students simply would not be able to play.

Historical Timeline

1979

Friends of College Golf Launch

1980

1st charity fundraising event held at Bel-Air Country Club

1981

1st contribution of $30,000 to UCLA

1984

1st College Golf Scholarship to UCLA

1985

1st legendary golf honoree, Lee Trevino

1986

Southern Section of C.I.F. added to the list of FOG beneficiaries

1987

Additional colleges and universities supported

1990

City Section of C.I.F. support added

1994

Dinah Shore Trophy & LPGA added

2002

Legendary Honoree – Byron Nelson

2012

Ken Venturi “Spirit of Giving” Award established

2014

A peak contribution of $350,000 was reached in support payments to hundreds of youth golf teams

2015

FOG embarked on partnerships with SCGA Junior, The First Tee of Los Angeles and SCPGA Junior Tour furthering FOG’s commitment to youth golf.

2016

More than $7 million raised to date for high schools, colleges, foundations and specialized golf programs; and San Diego Section of CIF support added.

Our Leadership

FOG has the good fortune to have many captains of industry and entrepreneurs serving on its Board of Directors. Whether they are participating in a specific call to action or heading a committee, they give of themselves tirelessly and we are proud to have them on our team.

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Sal Cimbolo
Chairman & CEO
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Peter Best
Vice President
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William L Harper Jr
Treasurer
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Eddie Merrins
Founder