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Golf notes: The First Tee Inland Chapter to honor Jack Brown

By in Press Enterprise on October 1, 2017

By Landon Negri

The First Tee of the Inland Empire golf program will honor two area individuals for their golf contributions to Inland Empire communities at a gala Friday night at the Burrage Mansion in Redlands.

The chapter will introduce its two awards at the dinner, the Dave Stockton Humanitarian Award and the Tom Pernice Jr, Award of Excellence.

The Stockton Award will go to his longtime friend, Jack Brown, the former Stater Bros. CEO who passed away last fall. Long a supporter of Inland Empire charities, Brown was instrumental in helping to provide the funding for the launch of the First Tee’s Inland chapter this year.

“It was his vision, and not just for The First Tee, but for the Inland Empire,” said J.T. Visbal, the Inland Chapter’s co-founder, who, like Brown and Stockton, graduated from Pacific High. “Here was someone who devoted most of his life to various causes in the Inland Empire.”

Also, Inland Golf Academy director Greg Prator is being honored with the Tom Pernice Award. The IGA is another youth development program, based in Riverside. Based out of Bear Creek in Murrieta, Pernice plays on the Champions Tour.

The gala is 6 p.m. Friday. Seats are $125 for individuals and $1,000 per table, with all proceeds going to The First Tee of the Inland Empire. Call (714) 926-5251 for more information.

Women’s Cal State Open on tap

The second Women’s Cal State Open returns to Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont on Oct. 11-12.

The event, run by the Southern California PGA, began last year. Newport Beach amateur Alyaa Abdulghany won the 36-hole championship by a single stroke last year.


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