An Invitation to Play Well and Feel Good!

Sacramento City Councilmember Rob Fong loves golf almost as much as he loves giving back to his community. Now, he has found a way to do both—at the same time!


Fong’s third annual Faith and Homeless Families charity golf tournament supports families that need a helping hand out of homelessness through the gift of housing, and mentors to guide them along the way.


The golf tournament is scheduled for the Alister MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex on September 9, 2011. The shotgun start begins at 1:30pm.


Fong would welcome both new players and sponsors for the four person Callaway scramble event. Your $125 entry fee also entitles you to a great dinner after golf. Your sponsorship entitles you to know that you’ve helped families re-build their lives. Seems like a win-win to me!


For more information, please contact Nora Benavides at (916) 281-6930 or

August 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Amateur Players have a chance to tee it up at College-Am with standout Collegiate Golfers

The 65th Western Intercollegiate (“WI”), a premiere golf event revered by top-notch collegiate players, is set for April 15-17, 2011 at the majestic Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, CA.


The “WI” has attracted high-profile teams starting with the Augusta State Jaguars, the defending NCAA Division I champion. Oregon returns with hopes of winning a third consecutive Western Intercollegiate team title.  Arizona State, San Diego State, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Southern California and Washington are top-25 nationally-ranked teams in a star-studded 15-team field.


The “WI” is one of the longest-running collegiate competitions in the nation and is contested at a venue that is ranked amongst the best by GolfWeek, Golf Magazine and the Zagat Survey. 


Mark your calendar now for the “WI” College-Am set for Friday, April 15 where amateur golfers (alumni, business and community leaders) can tee it up with talented collegiate golfers on one of the world’s finest courses.


As for the 54-hole Western Intercollegiate Tournament (April 16-17), spectators are invited to be a part of the gallery and follow their favorite six-man team throughout a magnificently  restored Pasatiempo golf course.


Over the years, noted players met the challenge and claimed title to “The Western” at Pasatiempo including Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobson, Mark Lye, Johnny Miller, Arron Oberholser, Mark O’Meara and Ken Venturi.


For information about the Western Intercollegiate and for College-Am entry registration, contact Host Coach John Kennaday with San Jose State University Spartan Men’s Golf at (408) 892-4911 or visit

April 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | 1 comment

Interesting Masters Facts

It’s that time of year. Azaleas, mint juleps, and pimento cheese sandwiches…along with the golf world’s head bowing to “a tradition like no other.” It’s Masters Week at Augusta National Golf Course.

My friend and writer, Bob Fagan of the A-List, put together a great compendium of little known Masters facts and trivia that you can commit to memory and impress your friends as you sit and enjoy the drama of the Masters Golf Tournament.

I’m picking Phil!

April 4, 2011 at 9:30 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

Gary McCord with Golf To Go’s Frank LaRosa Part 2

Gary McCord and I continue our interview about him, the nature of the game, and what is really funny. Click to see.

January 25, 2011 at 4:49 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa | No comment

CBS Golf Analyst Gary McCord in Sacramento with Frank LaRosa

CBS golf analyst, Gary McCord, one of the most entertaining people on television was recently in Sacramento as a speaker for the Northern California PGA’s annual Teaching Forum. I had the chance to sit down and talk with Gary about golf. Click here for part 1 of that interview.

January 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Western Intercollegiate Set by Frank LaRosa

The 64th annual Western Intercollegiate golf tournament will be played April 17-18 at the Alister MacKenzie designed Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz. Proudly hosted by the San Jose State Spartans men’s golf team, the highly competitive event attracts 11 teams to the spectacular venue for the 54-hole event. Golfers will have an opportunity to tee it up with standout players in the College-Am on Friday, April 16 or join the gallery to follow their favorite team on the weekend.

Accomplished players who’ve claimed title to The Western include Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobson, Mark Lye, Johnny Miller, Mark O’Meara, and Ken Venturi. U.S. Open Champion, SJSU alumnus and Western Intercollegiate ’51 and ’53 medalist Venturi recalls “Some of my fondest collegiate memories are from when I was competing in The Western at Pasatiempo. I’m happy to know it still remains a premier west coast event for collegiate players and their teammates.”

For more information about participating in the College-Am or for sponsorship opportunities, visit or call John Kennaday at (408) 892-4911. For information about Pasatiempo Golf Club, lodging and trip planning, visit:

March 1, 2010 at 10:48 am | Golf To Go by Frank LaRosa, Uncategorized | No comment

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