Long Beach Golf Hall Of Fame Inductions

Two more people who left their mark on golf in Long Beach will be inducted into the Long Beach Golf Hall Of Fame at the end of the month after the Long Beach Open concludes at El Dorado Golf Course. Patrick Cantlay (pictured) and Philip Barlow are the newest members of the 22-year-old hall of fame.

“The city of Long Beach has a rich tradition of good golf, good golfers, and great tournaments,” Superintendent of Golf Operations Bob Livingstone said. “We want to acknowledge those people who have played the game well, like Patrick Cantlay, and those who serve the game and make it better or more enjoyable for everyone, like Phil Barlow. These inductees represent what is good about golf in general and golf in Long Beach in particular.”

Cantlay is a former top amateur who won his first PGA tournament last year. He was born in Long Beach, and won the CIF Southern Section and State titles while attending Servite High School.

During his one year at UCLA, Cantlay was the conference and national Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year winner. He also won the Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins Player of the Year Award.

Cantlay reached No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings the next year, and stayed there for a record 53 weeks. He was the low amateur in the 2011 United States Open, and won the Southern California Amateur Championship.

After a few years away from the game for health and personal reasons, Cantlay rejoined the PGA Tour in 2016, and won his first PGA Tour tournament in the Shriners Hospital Open in Las Vegas last year.

Barlow is a two-time president and 30-year member of the Skylinks Men’s Club. He also served on the club’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years. In 2010, Barlow was chosen to serve on the Long Beach Municipal Golf Commission.

In 2013, Barlow also became the first Chairman of the Committee when the Parks, Recreation and Marine Golf Advisory Committee was created by the City Council. According to Livingston, Barlow has volunteered more than 200 full days of service for the Long Beach Golf Festival events.

The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will start around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, after the trophy presentation for the $165,000 Long Beach Open at El Dorado Golf Course.

The LB Open is one of 13 events that make up the Long Beach Golf Festival, which was created in 1989 by then-Parks and Recreation Director Ralph Cryder. The 46th Men’s City Championship was completed last weekend at El Dorado after two days of competing at Recreation Park and Skylinks.

In the Championship Division, former Wilson Bruins Torey Edwards and Hunter Epson played in the final group and delivered top-5 finishes. Edwards shot an even-par last round of 72 to finish one stroke behind tournament winner Lewis Simon, who finished the three rounds at 14-under par. Epson tied for firth at 11-under par. Long Beach State’s Nick Cantlay, younger brother of Patrick Cantlay, finished eighth overall.

The 54-hole Men’s City Championship also has handicap flights, and Wilson football coach Mark Ziegenhagen finished 10th in the C Flight.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.