The First Tee of Greater Sacramento’s
Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame Inducts Six Members
Sacramento, CA April 24, 2018 – The First Tee of Greater Sacramento will induct six member into the Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 28th at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. This year’s inductees are Pat McGowan, Vince Mastracco, Don Haney, Bill Rider, Don Baucom & Jim Salazar.
The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals that have had an everlasting impact on the landscape of golf in and around Sacramento. Tour players, club professionals, media personnel, great amateur players and volunteers make up this unique list. Former inductees include Ken Morton Sr., Bob Eastwood, Al Geiberger, Scott McCarron, Kevin Sutherland, Natalie Gulbis and over two dozen more.
Pat McGowan joined the PGA Tour in 1978 and was Rookie of the Year. He won the 1984 TPS Sacramento Open. Other top finishes include: Second in the Canadian Open, second in the Quad Cities Open, fourth in the PGA Championship. Pat attended Brigham Young University and is an active supporter of junior golf. Pat qualified to play on the Champion’s Tour beginning in the 2005 season. Became the Director of Instruction at the Pine Needles Golf Resort upon retirement from the PGA Tour.
Jim Salazar is the longtime head golf professional at Roseville’s Sierra View Country Club, PGA Quarter Century Club Member Jim Salazar has influenced the golf games of thousands of members and junior golfers over his career. Nearly three decades at Roseville’s most-tenured course, Salazar followed in the steps of another illustrious golf professional, founder of Sierra View CC and original head golf professional, Bill Brooks- marking a remarkable number of just two Head Professionals in the club’s history.
Don Baucom’s long illustrious career as one of Sacramento’s most respected golf instructors might be highlighted by his work with fellow Sacramento Hall of Fame member and longtime PGA Tour and Champions Tour player, Kevin Sutherland, but his handprints have been all over the swings of some of Sacramento’s best players for the better part of four decades.
Bill Rider has committed decades of his life to the passion of running, assisting and scoring amateur golf in Greater Sacramento. His committee work on events such as the California State Fair Golf Championship and hundreds of different junior events through the First Tee of Greater Sacramento has been a privilege for those that he’s come into contact with- he’s an unsung hero of anyone who has played amateur golf in the region. In honor of his outstanding dedication, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento annually awards the “Bill Rider Volunteer of The Year Award.”
Don Haney earned his BS from California State University-Sacramento, his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and spent decades as a CPA here in the Greater Sacramento region. His vision for helping start & spending countless hours as providing accounting services to both SAY Golf and its subsequent evolvement into the First Tee of Greater Sacramento cannot be overstated.
Vince Mastracco hosted Sacramento’s longest running radio golf show in Golf Talk. Member Golf Writers of America Assoc., California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Assoc. Won International Network of Golf (ING) awards in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010. Named by Sacramento Bee as one of 25 most influential people in area golf. California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Outstanding Journalist award 2005. NorCal PGA Section Media Person of the Year in 1999.
About The First Tee of Greater Sacramento: The First Tee of Greater Sacramento has positively impacted the young people in our area since 1983. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento runs youth development programs throughout the year, reaching over 51,000 young people ages 3-18 annually, including 49,00 that participate free of charge. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento uses golf as a vehicle to teach core values, life skills and healthy habits to young people and help give them the skills they need to flourish in their lives today and in the future.