The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame will be welcoming three news members in 2011. Joining the group of past honorees, which sits at 59, is Steve Cook, Kathy Eaton and John Tate.
“The City of Long Beach has a rich tradition of good golf, good golfers, and great tournaments, and these individuals have been a part of that tradition”, said Hall of Fame Chairman Len Kennett.
Tate, also a Long Beach native, won numerous golf tournaments as a junior, and helped lead the Long Beach Wilson High School golf team to three CIF Championships in the early `50s. After serving in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, Tate turned professional and later worked as a sales rep for Titleist. Tate also founded both Power Track Golf and Golf Design, where he patented the extremely popular headwear ballmarker, used by literally millions of golfers. John owns over fifty US patents for golf related equipment.
These pictures are of my Uncle John. I come from a very entrepreneurial family. And this is the perfect example. John Tate started with a passion for golf. I remember him telling me as a kid that because he was a "lefty," it was nearly impossible for him to find quality golf clubs. So, he decided to make them himself. I proudly own a set of PowerTrak golf clubs. I played my best game using them. My uncle is in his 70's, has a passion for his family and his work. He's loving, kind, and inspiring. I'm so proud of him for this honor he was presented with.
I'm also feeling nostalgic as I'm in Southern California right now, where I am from, and visiting family. I come from a long line of golfers, and hearing the news that John Tate received this honor made me so happy.
I'm thinking Sotheby's needs to order some Golf Design custom divot tools.