ONTARIO, Ca. (Jan. 20, 2018) – It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Deb Long of the SCGA suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.
Deb was an integral part of the Southland golf community and a wonderful ambassador. During her 20-year career in golf administration, she touched every aspect of the game, including Handicap and Course Rating, Rules and Competitions along with Club Services. While committed to all, she felt especially passionate about women’s golf outreach and junior golf development.
She began her golf career as a P.J. Boatwright Intern with the Western American Golf Association in 1999 and was soon hired by the WSCGA. In 2014, Deb was promoted to Assistant Executive Director and Director of the WSCGA Junior Foundation before taking over as Executive Director in 2016. She played a critical management role during the 2017 unification with the SCGA and subsequent transition of the WSCGA’s 190 member clubs and its 22,000 individual members. Most recently, Deb served as Manager of Golf Services, overseeing SCGA Championships and USGA qualifiers and assisted with Course Rating. She also played a critical role seamlessly transitioning other Southland women’s groups into the SCGA.
During her time with the WSCGA, Deb served on the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Committee from 2009-14 and was a member of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Committee. Throughout her career, she was also valued for constant leadership and support of the women’s golf club at Industry Hills GC.
With an extensive golf knowledge and deep devotion for the game, Deb was an obvious choice to join the SCGA’s Hall of Fame committee. Equally, when the SCGA recently created an internal Women’s Task Force, Deb relished the opportunity to apply her passion as the organization enhanced and expanded its service to this important community.
She was also an ardent supporter of growing the game through junior golf. As head of the WSCGA Foundation, she supported junior golf and the group’s academic scholarship and grants program, oversaw the transition of the organization with the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation and remained active in numerous events and outings, impacting the lives of countless young women and their families.
Deb is survived by her spouse, Linda Garrison. More information will follow as more details are known.
If you would like to make a donation to a cause that Deb championed throughout her life, her family has asked that you consider the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation, which Deb worked closely with for many years. Donate here