Three more golfers join the Long Beach Hall of Fame in 2010
2010-07-29 · By Editor
The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame will welcome three new members in 2010: Bob Chaffee, James Oh and Ted Richards.
“The City of Long Beach has a rich tradition of good golf, good golfers, and great tournaments, and these gentlemen have been a part of the tradition,” said Hall of Fame Chairman Len Kennett.
Bob Chaffe was the PGA Head Golf Professional at Skylinks Golf Course from 2000 until closed for renovation in 2003. Bob has been the Head of Girls Golf Coach at St. John Bosco and St. Josephs’ High School for a decade. He has also always been involved in the many golf- related activities going on in Long Beach, helping create the now 22 year old Special Needs Golf Clinic run in conjunction with the Long Beach Unified School District and became a rules official through attending PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshops so he could officiate in Long Beach Festival events.
James Oh is yet another USGA Champion to inducted into the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame. An exceptional junior and high school player- particularly for his diminutive stature at the time- James won countless local and regional tournaments including the Moore League Champions and Knabe Cup while at Lakewood HS. His junior golf career included winning two AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions events and the 1998 United States Junior Amateur Champion, as well as several international junior teams. James also played two years on the PGA Tour and 7 on the National Tour.
Ted Richards was a legendary golfer in southern California. He was a dedicated member of a B-24 crew that was shot down over Japan, and it took 6 months to re-learn how to walk. He enrolled at UCLA and played 2 years for the Bruins losing only two matches. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1959 US Amateur where he lost to Gene Littler, but that wasn’t that bad of a year for him as he defeated another Long Beach resident, Irving Cooper, in the Us Amateur Public Links Champions at The Seattle Golf Club. Ted settles in Los Angeles and won 18 club championships at Bel Air CC between 1957 and 1981 and won 2 ScGA Senior Champions during his storied career. Ted passes away in 2009.
As always, the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will follow the conclusion of the $160,000 Long Beach Open professional golf tournament at El Dorado Park GC on Sunday, August 1 at approximately 2:30 p.m.