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Cal's Men's Golf Program Receives Grant in Honor of Jim Langley
The self-funded Cal men's golf program received a recent boost with a $10,000 grant from the Northern California PGA Foundation in honor of Jim Langley. Langley, a Cal alumnus and the head professional at Cypress Point Club for 34 years, passed away last summer. The grant presentation brought together two of Mr. Langley's loves - Cal and golf.
Langley's wife, Louette "Lou" Langley, presented the check to Cal head coach Steve Desimone, who expressed his appreciation for the grant and the program's relationship with the NCPGA Foundation.
"To say today was a special day is the understatement of the year," Desimone said. "It was a day of celebration of the life of Jim Langley and our golf program. It is a wonderful donation that the NCPGA Foundation made on Jim's behalf and we are so grateful for it."
"Our hearts have always been with Cal," Mrs. Langley said. "This is where we met, where we had our first date. This was everything to us. We're Cal through and through. Today was an incredible experience I'll never forget."
The Langleys met at Cal when he was part of the 1959 NCAA championship men's basketball team and she was a cheerleader. Mr. Langley's impact was far-reaching. Over the years, Jim did what came naturally to him - giving back to others and giving back to golf. Young people were especially dear to his heart and he was involved in countless organizations to help, guide and inspire them.
(For more about Jim Langley, see Joel Zuckerman's story from July 2013 at http://www.cybergolf.com/golf_news/head_pro_spotlight_jim_langley.)
The ceremony at the California Memorial Stadium University Club was preceded by a luncheon attended by Desimone; associate head coach Walter Chun; 11 of the 14 members the Cal men's golf team; members of the Cal Golf Committee; and a few University staff.
Representing the NCPGA Foundation were Mrs. Langley; president Len Dumas; secretary John Hughes; board members Frank LaRosa, Tracy Stansberry and John Abendroth; executive director Chris Thomas; and managing director Nancy Maul.
In his remarks, Dumas said "The Northern California PGA Foundation is excited and grateful to be able to make this contribution to the Cal men's golf program on behalf of Jim Langley, the Langley family, the board of directors and volunteers of the NCPGA Foundation.
"The purpose of today was to celebrate Jim Langley and his relationship to Cal and the men's golf team," Dumas added. "What a thrill it was today to have Lou Langley here and make a contribution to Cal."
"Through the NCPGA Foundation, we are able to enrich people's lives and communities by providing resources to local golf programs that teach life's positive values," Thomas said as he explained the mission of the Foundation.
"Contributing to the Cal men's golf program is part of our efforts to support a healthy and growing golf industry, while providing an avenue through which young people can learn life skills during their college years," Maul said.
The above report is courtesy of the NCPGA Foundation. For more information, visit www.NCPGAfoundation.org.