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One good mulligan

Virginia Country Club’s longtime pro is named to Southern California Hall of Fame.

by Southland GolfPublished: December, 2012

Jamie Mulligan, chief operating officer at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, has been named to the Southern California PGA Hall of Fame.

Also named was J.D. Ebersberger, designer, owner and operator of the Palms Golf Club in La Quinta.

“We are really flattered with the recognition that this brings to our club,” Mulligan said. “This has been a team effort for the 30 years I have been [at Virginia], and this award belongs to the whole team.”

Mulligan has coached greats such as Amy Alcott on the LPGA Tour and John Cook on the PGA and Champions tours. He also has coached PGA Tour winners Paul Goydos and Gary Halberg.

Mulligan’s current crop of students includes PGA Tour players John Merrick, John Mallinger, Peter Tomasulo and Patrick Cantlay.

Other SCPGA awards include 2005 golf professional of the year and 2000 teacher of the year. One of a few PGA pros to hold the title of COO at his club, Mulligan regularly contributes to magazines including Southland Golf.

Ebersberger, former director of golf at the Mauna Kea Resort in Hawaii, is a three-time winner of the Aloha Section award for PGA golf pro of the year.


SIGNING DAY
Amateur golf standout Beau Hossler officially has signed to play for the University of Texas after he graduates from Santa Margarita High School next year.

Hossler, who briefly held the lead in the second round of the U.S. Open this year, posted a photo of the signing ceremony on Twitter.

Other Southland golfers to sign include Thomas Lim of Moorpark, who will play for the University of Oregon. Robert Deng of Irvine will play for Harvard University. Michael Pugh of Temecula signed with Fresno State University.


GOLF IN ISRAEL
LPGA Hall of Famer Amy Alcott of Santa Monica and Orange native Hunter Mahan in November were part of a goodwill Peace Partners trip to Israel. Michal Foley and Mahan’s swing coach, Sean Foley, also were on the trip, which was chronicled online by GolfWeeks’ Adam Schupack.

The pros gave clinics to Israeli and Palestinian locals, war veterans and youths. Although golf -- and juniors -- may be similar everywhere, there were challenges. For example, as Schupak noted, there is only one 18-hole course in the country. Caesarea Golf Club opened in 1961.


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