The Folga golf group, established by Joe Toledo of Chino to share friendships and to raise funds for City of Hope cancer research, will hold its club championship Sunday at Los Serranos South. A more generous bunch you'll never see.
Here's what I mean.
Golf will be followed by dinner at Central Basco Restaurant in Chino, where Toledo and Folga members will present their 2008 donation of $3,800 to City of Hope director Joann Lang.
Through the years, Folga players, teeing it up in 12 outings annually, have donated more than $35,000 to the City of Hope and funded 40 scholarships to honor Toledo's father, Antonio.
City of Hope holds a special place for Toledo whose mother, Juliana, underwent successful surgery in 1984 at the City of Hope to remove a cancerous tumor from her left lung.
"They treated my mom wonderfully," Toledo said. "Ever since then, I've done everything I could to donate to the City of Hope."
This year's championship will go to the player with the lowest net score. "George Madruga of Cerritos is our defending champ," Toledo said Tuesday.
Three low indexers in the field of 29, featured in the final foursome, are expected to battle for low gross honors.
They are Carl Bunch of Upland (6.3 index), Frank Gaspar, Ontario (4.9), and Andrew Nakamura, Long Beach (1.5).
But the competition is secondary; the City of Hope donation comes first.
The partnership of Allen Belknap and Jim Lovell completed first round play in the SCGA's Senior Four Ball Championship with a 2-over par 73 Monday at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.
Belknap, 59, of Rancho Cucamonga and Lovell, 60, of Yorba Linda were tied for 15th, five strokes behind the leaders Tuesday morning. ...
Almost oblivious to a driving rainstorm on Thanksgiving morning, Ted Lach of Upland led Hi Brow Golf Association players by posting a 79 at El Prado's Butterfield Stage.
Lach, 64, owner of the Hi Brow in Upland, has been a leading player and president of the association for more than 30 years.
Others in Lach's foursome were Lance Pugmire, former Daily Bulletin and now Los Angeles Times sports writer; Milton Vance of Upland and Pat McGuire of Upland.
The 60-member Hi Brow group plays weekly at various Southland courses.
"Ted's round in the rain was truly remarkable," Pugmire said. "He's a very good player. We recall when he had back-to-back eagles at San Dimas Canyon on the 12th (a 3 on the par 5) and 13th (2 on the par 4), but today in the rain was a special round."
Golf associations like the Hi Brow group abound in the valley. Their members all have established handicaps and play various courses in weekly and monthly tournaments. ...
On a rainy Thanksgiving morning, 44 golfers teed off at El Prado's Butterfield Stage in Pete Waasdorp's seventh annual Turkey Scramble.
"Despite the early morning rain, it was our biggest turnout ever," Waasdorp said on Tuesday.
Posting a 13-under par 59, the winning team members were Arron Prisock, Rancho Cucamonga; Darnell Barber, Ontario; Vinny Lauretta, Chino Hills; Arron Rodriguez, Fullerton; and Gary Leach, Santa Clarita. ...
Upcoming event: Gabe Cote's Red, White and Blue toy-collecting tournament Sunday at Mountain Meadows.
Men's clubbers will play from different tees and donate some 300 Christmas toys to Upland veterans groups, which will then distribute them to needy children.
Here are a few of the active clubs in the area and their presidents: The 509 in Fontana, Paul Jones; American Legion Post 772, Fontana, David Weese; and Alsri in Rancho Cucamonga, Steven Klotz; California Strokers, Diamond Bar, Austin Ray; Colton Seniors, Glenn Hudson; Conagra of Diamond Bar, Alan Knowles; Duffers and Sons of La Verne, Jerry Hardy; GFX Network, Fontana, Reggie Gordon; Hobo Golf of Redlands, Daryl Knapp; Inland Pin High, Chino Hills, Fred Guerrero; Masters of Chino Hills, Michael Meixell; Matsu of San Dimas, David Yamashita; Metro Golf, Chino, David Olague; Ontario Elks Duffers, Greg Wood; Pacific Region, Chino, John De Witt; Pacific Rim, Walnut, Ramon Ang;Split Tee, Rancho Cucamonga, Perry Huyck; St. Denis, Diamond Bar; Winston Samson; Superior Golf, Walnut, Rey Perez; T & CSD, Claremont, Jim Devens; TNT, San Dimas, Charlene Jones; Valley Fire and Police, Ontario, John Schmeizie; Thompson Industrial, La Verne, Clint Wheaton; SC Industrial League, Rancho Cucamonga, L. Alan Olelson; Weekend Golf, and Winner's Circle, Fontana, Henry Pulliam.